Metro stations closed indefinitely
Thousands of St Petersburg residents will have to take
the long way to and from home after the indefinite closure of four metro
stations in the city's northeast.
Transport authorities said last Friday that trains will not travel between
metro stations Ploshchad Lenina and Akademichiskaya
beginning this week.
The announcement did not state when the four stations affected -- Ploshchad
Muzhestva, Lesnaya, Vyborgskaya and
Politekhnicheskaya -- would resume normal services.
Urgent repairs to the rail line between Lesnaya and Ploshchad
Muzhestva were given as reasons for closing all four stations.
In recent months, the four stations have been closed late at night and on
weekends for repair work necessitated by water seeping into the area.
Residents from the area served by the metro will have to utilize the
aboveground electric train system which loops through the area.
Commuters can catch electric trains from Kushelevka station (between
Ploshchad Muzhestva and Lesnaya metro stations),
Piskaryovka, Ruchi and Devyatkino
stations to Finland railway station. The latter connects to
Ploshchad Lenina metro station.
New express buses have been organized as a stopgap measure to help alleviate
transport difficulties, running from Ruchi station via Nauki and
Grazhdansky Prospects to Finland station.
The closed metro section is part of the first metro line constructed in St
Petersburg, the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya line.
The closing of the four stations on the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya line
to increase congestion on the already overburdened
blue line, which runs from the city's northern and northwestern regions to the
Daily newspaper Sankt Peterburgskiye Vedomosti said that the three northernmost
stations on the blue, or second, line -- Prospect Prosveshcheniya,
Udelnaya -- are already operating at slightly above their official
capacity of 40,000 persons per hour per station at peak times.
The Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya line was opened on November 15, 1955, at
which time it
ran between Ploshchad Vosstaniya and Avtovo metro stations.
But the four stations north of Ploshchad Lenina were opened in the
1970s as then-Leningrad's expanding population exploded north.