Sankt Petersburg Municipality announced the construction of a new light rail that connects Yuzhnaya metro station to Kolpino district. Works could be launched this year and completed in 2021. The railway will be 13.5-km long. The new light rail will be built based on a Public-Private Partnership and its commissioning will significantly reduce traffic agglomerations. Authorities estimate that a significant part of Kolpino district citizens will choose to use exclusively the light rail line and will give up personal vehicles. The same authorities forecast that the railway will be used by 36 million passengers every year.
The project will also include the construction of a new depot and the procurement of 22 trams. Moreover, a journey between Kolpino and Yuzhnaya metro station on the new light rail will only take 30 minutes.
According to Sankt Petersburg Investment Commission, the project was estimated at RUB 20.6 billion (EUR 295 million).
The announcement has been made by Vice-governor Igor Albin who added that the municipality approved the establishment of Yuzhny transport and transfer hub, near the station with the same name. The station will also be commissioned this year.
VTB, LSR Group, Sberbank, as well as several companies from Russia and from abroad, have expressed interest in this project.