Moscow Underground Opens New Stations

PHOTO by Sergey Savostyanov / TASS

About 250,000 residents of northern Moscow will now have to spend 20 minutes less commuting on the Underground thanks to the opening of Petrovsko-Razumovskaya, Butyrskaya and Fonvizinskaya stations on the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya line. The stations are among the deepest in Moscow, with Petrovsko-Razumovskaya located 63 m below street level, while Fonvizinskaya and Butyrskaya are 58 m and 51 m below the surface. The deepest station in Russia’s capital is Park Pobedy, at 84 m below ground.

The first attempts to build the widely called-for northern extension to the Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya line were carried out nearly 25 years ago, but soon abandoned due to difficult hydrogeological conditions. The project was revived in 2011 and involved the construction of a complex water drainage system. Petrovsko-Razumovskaya station has the highest capacity of the three new additions to the Moscow Underground network. Its anticipated passenger flow will come to 135,000 travellers per day and over 19,000 per hour during peak times.

The Fonvizinskaya station, named after the 18th century Russian dramatist Denis Fonvizin, features some inventive interior design solutions, including attractive light boxes and soon-to-be installed 3D panels depicting the main characters of Fonvizin’s neoclassical comedy “The Minor.”

The new stations are expected to considerably reduce the burden on the overground public transit network as well as on the northern sections of older Underground lines. According to estimates from experts, the number of passengers using the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya line at peak times will fall from 67,000 travellers to 45-50,000.