Russian President Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin have opened 10 stations of the Big Circle Line (BCL) of the Moscow metro, according to the website of the city government. The head of state took part in the event via videoconference.
Putin and Sobyanin launched nine new stations – Terekhovo, Kuntsevskaya, Davydkovo, Aminevskaya, Michurinsky Prospect, Vernadsky Prospekt, Novatorskaya, Vorontsovskaya and Zyuzino, as well as one reconstructed – “Kakhovskaya”. Now, a total of 22 stations operate at the BCL – this is about 44 km of track and 90 km of single-track tunnels, Putin said, whose speech was published on the Kremlin’s website.
“There will be 44 transfers from the new metro ring to various directions: suburban railways, MCC, MCD and others. Now the BCL metro is 70% open, ”Sobyanin said.
After completion of construction, the total length of the BCL will be 70 km. It will include 31 stations. Thus, the BCL “will claim to become the longest metro ring in the world,” Putin said.
The main construction work will be completed next year, Sobyanin added. In 2023, the BCL will “close” and begin to work in a full-fledged mode, the mayor said.