A new seven-storey railway station that will be used by spectators and athletes attending the Sochi Winter Olympics has been officially opened by Vladimir Putin.

The new station in Sochi’s southern district of Adler covers an area of 30,000 square metres and will welcome around 15,000 passengers every hour when the Winter Olympics starts in 98 days time.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Russian Railways’ president¬†Vladimir Yakunin said: “The Adler node integrates all areas of Olympic routes, from the ice palaces of the Olympic Park to the snowy Krasnaya Polyana stadiums, the international airport, and downtown Sochi. Long-distance passenger trains will come here.”

Work began on the transport hub, which even includes a winter garden on its upper level, in 2010.

The new interchange, which was designed and built by Mostovik, will connect the Olympic village in Adler with the Alpica-Service resort, which will host a number of events.

Photos courtesy of Russian Railways

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