Muscovites and guests of the city travelling on the Moscow metro will soon hear announcements in both Russian and English, according to mos.ru, the official website of the Moscow government. A single audio information standard will be introduced before the start of the Confederations Cup in 2017.
“The Moscow metro will introduce a single audio information standard. According to this, audio announcements in trains on all lines and safety warnings on all escalators will also be announced in English,” the website states.
As of today, the audio announcements in English are only played on the Violet and the Ring lines. English announcements will appear on the Orange line this spring, and the entire Moscow metro will operate on this standard by summer.
The Confederations Cup is an international football tournament. It will be held in Moscow from June 17 till July 2, 2017. Next year, from June 14 till July 15, Russia is set to host the World Cup. The matches will be played in 11 different cities across the country, including Moscow.
In addition, Moscow will have mobile info booths to help the tourists move around the city.
The booths will provide information on how to get to the desired location by foot or public transportation. They will appear near metro stations, train stations and airports. A total of 37 information points will be installed in preparation for the Confederations Cup 2017, according to mos.ru. The points will be run by volunteers.