Workers have started building the southern section of Moscow’s Third Interchange Contour (TIC) line with work expected to be complete by December 2019.
The Ulitsa Novatorov, Vorontsovskaya and Sevastopolsky Prospekt stations are now under construction.
The new 66km metro line will feature 31 stations and will be the second circle line in the Russian capital city – the first being the 3.3km Koltsevaya line, which will become part of TIC via a number of intersections – and the longest metro line in the country.
Moscow’s head of construction Andrei Bochkaryov said “When completed, the circuit section between the Prospekt Vernadskogo and Kakhovskaya stations will improve passenger traffic near Vernadsky Prospekt, the Obruchevsky and Cheryomushki districts and reduce trip times citywide.”
Bochkaryov added that services on a section of the Third Interchange Contour are due to be launched in the autumn of this year, with the full line open by 2021.
The idea of a second circle line was first mooted in 1947 but it was deemed to be too costly at the time.