THE NEW CONCOURSE OF THE OKRUZHNAYA METRO STATION ON THE LIGHT GREEN LINE PROVIDES INTERCHANGE BETWEEN THREE TYPES OF RAIL TRANSPORT

“The second, northern concourse of the Okruzhnaya station on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line (LDL) of the Moscow Metro has joined the same name stations on the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) and the first route of the Moscow Central Diameters (MCD 1)”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding is the general designer and general contractor to construct new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro and one of the operators of the TIH network development programme.

“The Okruzhnaya station was opened in 2018 along with the southern concourse. The new concourse is part of the largest transport and interchange hub in the north of Moscow. A comfortable environment has been created for passengers of aboveground public transport, the MCC and MCD 1, metro users and all residents of the Timiryazevsky district. With the opening of the TIH, the transfer time between the three rail stations has been reduced 5 times, to three minutes”, said Andrey Bochkarev.

According to the Deputy Mayor, the concourse has exits on both sides of Locomotivny Proezd. One will lead to the intersection of 3rd Nizhnelikhoborsky Proezd and Locomotivny Proezd, the other is integrated with the new platform of the Okruzhnaya station of MCD 1.

“Seven escalators have been installed in the northern concourse: four 16-metre escalators lead to the transfer to the same name stations of the MCC and MCD 1, while three 108-metre escalators link the ticket hall of the underground concourse with the metro platform. The facade is made of metal panels in white and green. The floor and walls are made of Russian-made granite: Siberian and gabbro-diabase”, said Andrey Bochkarev.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, added that a glass enclosure was made around the escalator area at the entrance to the concourse leading down to the metro station, where stained glass, frosted glass with lighting, decorating the passenger area heaters were installed near the ticket hall.

“The architectural lighting of the concourse is a mesh suspended ceiling with more than 500 luminaires of six different diameters and brightness. It resembles a starry sky”, specified Yuri Kravtsov.

In addition, the landscaping of the territory adjacent to the northern concourse is being completed with a total area of 8.6 thousand square metres.

“The streets were paved with 3,6 thousand square metres of granite tiles, 4,5 thousand square metres were asphalted, 63 square metres of flowerbeds were arranged, benches, planters and other small architectural forms were installed, and two public transport stops were set up”, informed Yuri Kravtsov.

The head of the engineering holding added that the seasonal work of planting 16 trees and laying 335 square metres of turf remained to be completed and would continue next spring.

The Okruzhnaya station is built as part of the extension of the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line from the Maryina Roshcha station to the northern part of the city. The construction of the Lianozovo, Yakhromskaya and Fiztekh stations is now underway. All tunnels between them have already been laid, the rigid track base is being completed and the track superstructure (TSS) is under construction.

The new section of the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya line will improve transport accessibility of Dmitrovsky, Vostochnoye Degunino, Beskudnikovsky and Lianozovo districts, as well as the settlement of Severny. Local residents shall save up to 20 minutes when travelling around the city once the new stations are commissioned. Extension of the light-green line will lessen the traffic load on highways (primarily, on Dmitrovskoye highway), and the northern sections of the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya and Zamoskvoretskaya metro lines.

Previously, Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, inaugurated new concourses at the Okruzhnaya and MCD 1 stations.

“Today, we inaugurate the largest transport and interchange hub in the north of Moscow. Just a few years ago, there was a primitive platform, the only one, even without a canopy. A number of unique facilities have been built over the years. This is the Dmitrovkoye direction of the metro line: the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line, the MCC, the MCD has been launched. And here today, all three types of transport are connected by concourses and overpasses. And already today, instead of 2 thousand passengers that used to be there, around 40 thousand people interchange at this platform every day. In the next two or three years, thanks to this infrastructure, the number of passengers will increase to 80 thousands”, said Sergei Sobyanin.