Five elevators for people with disabilities have been installed at the Sokolniki station of the Big Circle Line (BCL) of the Moscow Metro, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Policy and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding is a general designer and general contractor to construct new lines and stations of the Moscow metro.

“Modern utilities and equipment are being installed at the station, which will provide maximum passenger comfort and safety. Three elevators will connect the metro entrances to the level of ticket offices, and two more will lead from the ticket offices to the platform,” said Andrey Bochkarev.

According to him, the station will have two underground concourses under the Sokolnicheskaya Square, and three entrances, two of which lead to Rusakovskaya Street, and the third one leads to the Sokolniki Park.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, added that all 16 escalators have been mounted at the station.

“Currently, they are being prepared for running-in, after which the load tests will be started. The escalators will work with a load installed on the stairway, simulating the weight of passengers,” explained the head of the engineering holding.

Yuri Kravtsov also clarified that in addition to the installation and testing of utilities and equipment at the station, finishing work is underway on the platform and in the concourse.

Recall, the station of the Big Circle Line will have an interchange to the Sokolniki station of the red line, opened in 1935 as part of the first starting area of the Moscow metro. Its architectural design is dedicated to the first metro builders.

In addition to Sokolniki, the northeastern BCL section includes the Rizhskaya and Maryina Roshcha stations under construction, a connecting line to the Nizhegoroskoye electric depot, and the already built Aviamotornaya, Lefortovo and Elektrozavodskaya stations, temporarily operating as part of the Nekrasovskaya Line.

Previously, Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, inspected the construction progress of the Maryina Roshcha station on the BCL.

“The Metro builders concentrated their main efforts on completing the construction and launching the Big Circle Line. There are two large sections left. Of them, there is the northeastern section of seven stations. Four stations are already up and running. Three are in the final phase. Finishing works and engineering works are in progress,” specified Sobyanin.