Noise-free streetcars, which do not interfere with traffic. Some will say its science fiction, but specialists would insist it’s a reality. Modern tramway rail lines have already appeared on the Nauki Avenue, soon those living on the Obukhovskoy Oborony avenue will get a taste of this know-how. Dmitriy Kopytov with the details.
Dmitriy Kopytov, correspondent: “Renovation work of the tramway rail lines on the Obukhovskoy Oborony avenue continues day and night. It will be completely open for traffic by November the 15th. Currently, streetcars are cruising only on one side. The rails are being laid using a new, European, technology. It has already been tested on the Nauki Avenue. Streetcars there make practically no noise. The next time the rails are due for a change will be in 25 years”
Mikhail Ilyin, CEO of Construction Company: “This technology was first used 3 years ago by our company. Now it is widely used in St. Petersburg. We put rubber on a rail at the bottom and at both sides, which suppresses the noise and vibrations from streetcars’ movement”.
Constructors promise: after the renovation is complete, the Obukhovskoy Oborony Avenue will be safer for car owners. 5 kilometers of tramway rail lines have been laid at the same level with the pavement. Before, this part of the road looked like an obstacle course. Not every driver could make it over the rail lines. Traffic control services are confident – the new technology will help to avoid crashes and victims.
Oleg Dmitriev, head of traffic control of Russia’s Interior Ministry department in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region: “Many of our townsmen cut their tires while crossing the rail lines. Everyone understands – it’s difficult to drive through a certain intersection if pavement is destroyed – like at the Repina square”
There are plenty spots in St. Petersburg where cars struggle to find common road with streetcars during rush-hours. But the Obukhovskoy Oborony Avenue will now be excluded from that list. That’s even despite this segment not having a designated streetcar line. Those masterminding the project are aware – cars will often drive onto the tramway lines.
Andrey Korshunov, head of rail line service of “Gorelektrotrans” company: “For the most part, the rails lay at the same level with the pavement, so it might have to experience the weight of a streetcar and of vehicles at the same time. That’s why we have strengthened the roadbed with armored concrete”.
Both the transport company and traffic police have been happy with constructor’s work. Whether passengers and drivers will feel the difference will become clear in mid-November.
Correspondent: Dmitriy Kopytov
Cameraman: Andrey Vetrov