Moscow Metro announces construction of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskaya line
Moscow Metro has announced the construction of another metro line, which the authority hopes will drastically reduce journey times for the residents of certain districts.
The new line will feature eight stations
Moscow will launch construction of a new metro line in mid-May of this year, according to the Moscow Government.
The Rublyovo-Arkhangelskaya line will run north-west of Moscow and is expected to serve districts of Mitino, Strogino and Mnyovniki. Moscow Metro says the new line could reduce the journey times of residents in these districts considerably. The nearly 20-km long line will have eight stations: Presnya, Ulitsa Narodnogo Opolcheniya, Bulvar Generala Karbysheva, Zhivopisnaya, Strogino, Troitse-Lykovo, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoe and Ilyinskaya.
“The works on the line started during the construction of the junction at the Narodnoye Opolchenie station of the Big Circle Line. Now we are preparing the tunnel-boring complex, and in mid-May we plan to start construction of the tunnel,” said Andrey Bochkaryov, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning and Construction.
The line will be constructed in two stages. The first stage will be 12.6 km long and include a section from Shelepikha station (Big Circle Line) to Lipovaya Roshcha station. The second stage will continue the section from Lipovaya Roshcha and will have two stations: Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoe and Ilyinskaya.
Moscow Metro says the new line will improve transport availability of the north-west of Moscow, create additional transfers with Line 3 (Strogino station) and the Big Circle Line (Narodnoye Opolchenie station), reduce crowdedness on Line 3 and roads and improve the ecology of the district.
In the long term, the transport authority believes the line may be connected with Biryulovskaya line in the centre of the city. If this were the case, then Moscow would have a new diameter line that covers additional districts of the city, without running within the Circle Line of the metro that has been in operation since the 1950s.