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18 September 2021, 22:09

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The construction of the Big Circle Line is planned to be fully completed by 2023.

The opening of a large section of the Big Circle Line (BCL) metro for passengers is scheduled for early November. He told about this in an interview with Channel One Sergei Sobyanin

“In the coming months, we will open for passengers the stations that we are testing today. These are 10 new stations, including Novatorskaya, where we are located. Thus, 10 stations will be opened simultaneously. When will this happen? Most likely in early November. In November, maybe a little earlier, ”the Moscow Mayor emphasized.

He added that opening 10 stations at the same time is a technically very difficult operation. This has never happened before in the history of the Moscow Metro.

The technical start-up of several sections of the BCL took place this month – three stations were tested on September 11, three more on September 16, and the last four were tested on September 18.

During the technical start-up, a train without passengers follows the section. Thus, they check the automation, telemechanics and traffic control, as well as the traction network and radio communication. After the tests, the specialists eliminate the identified malfunctions and carry out additional settings.

The total length of the BCL section, which is planned to be opened for passengers, is 20 kilometers. It houses the stations Mnevniki, Kuntsevskaya, Davydkovo, Aminevskaya, Michurinsky Prospekt, Vernadsky Prospekt, Novatorskaya, Vorontsovskaya, Zyuzino, Kakhovskaya.

The construction of the Great Circle Line is planned to be fully completed by the end of next year or early 2023.

“There is still a third of the BCL stations, which we must complete and launch by the end of next year. Maybe we’ll move on to the first quarter of 2023, ”Sergei Sobyanin said.

The Big Circle Line is the world’s largest metro construction project. The BCL will be 70 kilometers long and will house 31 stations and three electric depots, including the existing Kakhovskaya – Kashirskaya section. The BCL may become the longest subway ring line in the world, overtaking the current leader – the second ring line of the Beijing subway.

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