The Moscow City has announced that by the end of 2022 Big Circle Line’s construction will be completed and in early 2023 passenger operation will begin.
After its launch, passengers will have the opportunity to make interchanges to more than 40 stations of other metro lines, to the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) and all the existing and prospective Moscow Central Diameter (MCD) stations.
“We are not just opening new stations but creating convenient transport hubs for passengers. In general, after the BCL launch completion, trips of 3.3 million Moscow citizens will be faster. Now more than 500 thousand people a day use opened stations of the Big Circle Line,” Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport said.
22 BCL stations out of 31 are already opened, 10 of them were launched in December last year. The daily passenger traffic is more than 500 thousand people, although the circle line is not completed yet. When the Big Circle Line’s construction will be completed, about 1 million people will use it every day according to City’s projections.
The tunneling of the line was completed in 2021 and currently the line is the priority project of Moscow Metro to complete the line according to its schedule. In addition to this line, Moscow Metro performs construction woks to expand the metro system by at least 30 new stations until 2025 and thus implementing its development strategy to double the number of the metro stations, a construction programme which is more than 65% completed.
The full launch of the line will simplify the movement of 3.3 million Moscow citizens living in 34 districts. The BCL will be the longest metro circle line in the world. Its length is 70 kilometers, which is 3.5 times longer than the existing Line 5 (the Moscow Metro Circle Line) and a quarter longer than the Beijing circle line (Line 10), so far the global leader in terms of length.