The general construction readiness of the extension section of the Solntsevskaya Line, which includes the Pykhtino and Vnukovo stations as well as the metro bridge over the Likova River, is about 50%. This was informed by Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies is a general designer and general contractor to build the new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro.

“In-situ concreting at the Pykhtino station is 87% complete, the waterproofing of monolithic structures is carried out, architectural and finishing work such as brickwork, flooring, plastering and painting the walls, is underway in the service premises”, said the Deputy Mayor.

He added that preparation work was being made to lay granite on the platform section.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, specified that escalators are being installed at the prospective Pykhtino station, welding and installation of external ventilation strings are underway.

“At the Vnukovo station, the in-situ concreting is 43% complete, the finishing of the service premises has begun, and in parallel, the excavation is being completed”, said Yuri Kravtsov.

Valery Kivlyuk, Head of the Metro Construction Division of Mosinzhproekt JSC, added that three of the four tunnels from Rasskazovka to Vnukovo have already been tunnelled, the tunnelling of the last tunnel from Pykhtino to Vnukovo is planned to be completed in the near future.

“The metro bridge over the Likova river is in a high degree of readiness: in-situ concreting is completed in full, metro bridge covering frames are almost three-quarters complete and the installation of fins has started, rocking of the track super structure is fully executed, welding of rails is underway”, informed Valery Kivlyuk.

He recalled that the 460-metre metro bridge at the Pykhtino station will be the twelfth metro bridge in Moscow and the second longest after the Luzhnetsky metro bridge over the Moskva River. The structure has 23 pillars and 22 spans.

Commissioning of the new section of the Solntsevskaya Line will improve the transport services in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Districts (TiNAO) of Moscow, and Vnukovo will become the first airport in Russia with its own metro station.