When the traffic on the southern section of the BCL is launched, transport services will be improved for about 720 thousand people
Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, attended the technical launch of the south section of the Big Circle Line (BCL) from the Prospekt Vernadskogo station to the Kakhovskaya station. Mosinzhproekt Engineering Holding is a general designer and general contractor to construct new lines and stations of the Moscow metro.
“I hope that we will launch passenger traffic soon. This is a very important section that will improve transport services for around 700,000 people. We are consistently, step by step, moving towards the completion of the Big Circle Line, which will be the largest metro line in the world,” said Sergei Sobyanin during the technical launch ceremony.
The 6.4 km long section includes new stations: Novatorskaya, where there will eventually be an interchange to the Troitskaya Line under construction, Vorontsovskaya with an interchange to the Kaluzhskaya station of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line, Zyuzino, and Kakhovskaya under reconstruction, which is an interchange to the Sevastopolskaya of the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line. The latter was formerly part of the Kakhovskaya Line, now being integrated into the Big Circle Line of the Moscow Metro.
All three new stations of the section have a unique look: you’ll find a flamboyant ceiling, the Milky Way of aluminium ‘plates’ and a cubic bee honeycomb.
When the traffic on the southern section of the BCL is launched, transport services will be improved for about 720 thousand people who live or work in the Moscow districts of Prospekt Vernadskogo, Obruchevsky, Lomonosovsky, Cheryomushky, Konkovo, Zyuzino and Nagorny, of whom approximately 220,000 will get the metro available for the first time near their homes.
It is expected that the Kaluzhskaya station of the Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line will be relieved by 44% and the Sevastopolskaya station of the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line by 61%. The street and road network of the districts will also become quieter: the load on Kakhovka Street will be reduced by 15%, and on Profsoyuznaya Street and Sevastopolsky Avenue by 6%.
As a reminder, the western section of the BCL was technically launched a week ago including Terekhovo, Kuntsevskaya, and Davydkovo stations and on September 16, the south-western section and Prospekt Vernadskogo, Michurinskiy Prospekt, and Aminyevskaya were technically launched. A total of 9 new stations and the Kakhovskaya station being reconstructed are expected to open by the end of the year. The simultaneous commissioning of sections is the first in this scale in the history of the Moscow Metro.
The Big Circle Line is a key mega project in the development of the Moscow Metro. There will be 31 stations included on the BCL, 12 of which have already been functioning for passengers.