Vladimir Putin, the Russian Federation President has launched the Big Circle Line (Line 11) along with Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. A part of the Moscow Metro, the Big Circle Line is one of the foremost modern metro construction projects around the world on March 1, 2023. This is the world’s longest metro circle line which was launched in different stages and the last section of the same was launched on March 1. By passing Line 10 of the Beijing Subway by 13 kilometres, the 70-kilometre line has now broken the global record.
The concept for the BCL was first proposed during the Soviet era, but the project was not launched until decades later. Sergey Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, decided to start the Great Circle Line’s construction in 2011. Construction started in November of the same year and was finished in 2022. As a result, the longest circle metro line was constructed in a record-breaking 11 years under the conditions of intense urban expansion. The first segment opened in 2018, and the longest segment in Moscow Metro history—20 km and 10 stations—was launched simultaneously in December 2021.
With the Big Circle Line, 45 minutes will be saved by the citizens while travelling around the city.
Nine stations, including Tekstilschiki, Rizhskaya, Sokolniki, Pechatniki, Maryina Roscha, Klenoviy Bulvar, Kashirskaya, Nagatinskiy Zaton, and Varshavskaya, were part of the BCL’s most recent openings in the city’s north, south, and east. There are 31 total stations along the Great Circle Line. Of the current and upcoming stations of the Moscow Metro, Moscow Central Circle, Moscow Central Diameters, and suburban railway directions, 24 offer 47 interchanges.
Maksim Liksutov, the Moscow Deputy Mayor for transport said that one of the largest metro construction projects has been successfully implemented under the direction of Sergey Sobyanin, the Mayor of Moscow. With the Big Circle Line, 45 minutes will be saved by the citizens while travelling around the city. For many years to come, the BCL will fuel Moscow’s overall development. Up to 15% of the city’s traffic is anticipated to be released into its highways, and up to 25% on its metro lines. The most up-to-date services and Russian-built trains will be available to passengers, including the Moscow ticketing system that has won awards internationally. According to Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transportation, the BCL was developed taking into mind the potential for the expansion of Moscow for decades to come and has a wide margin of carrying capacity.
This is the world’s longest metro circle line which was launched in different stages and the last section of the same was launched on March 1.
Over 70 years in the life of Moscow, the complete launch of the Big Circle Line is an essential transport event. It is as important as the completion of the first line of Circle (Line 5) of the Moscow Metro. With this huge commuting mobility, a 13-million metropolis with an issue of provincial connectivity along with transportation convenience is an important factor for Moscow.
The city core is also traversed by a significant number of metro passenger services, both on radial lines and the Circle Line. As a result of the BCL, new metro stations have popped up where high-speed rail transportation had never been before, dramatically altering the city’s transportation system and ensuring connectivity between various city regions. The BCL will free up space on the other metro lines by enabling users to create new, convenient routes without going via the city centre.