The main news this week – the opening of the new subway stations. For real – if new stations are opened, it means the city is alive. It means there is money, time and technology to build subway systems.
Yuriy Zinchuk, host: “But we begin with the main news for St. Petersburg this week. No, not the fact that FC Zenit beat Benfica. And not even the -4 degree weather forecast for the weekend. And not even the Swedish girl Tunberg, who is now discussed by the whole world – although it is all important and we will tell it all later.
The main news this week – the opening of the new subway stations. For real – if new stations are opened, it means the city is alive. It means there is money, time and technology to build subway systems. And, as we know, it is one of the most complex engineering inventions of the humanity. It means that there is the need to transport people. A lot of people. Those who are born here and who come here. There is life! A necessity to go somewhere, work, meet, change. And all of this is the subway! St. Petersburg’s subway holds the fourth place in Europe when it comes to passenger turnover – after Moscow, Paris and London. 750 million passengers a year. The artery of the big city. So this journalistic cliché “if a subway is built, the city is alive” is absolutely real in this case. That’s why the opening of every new station is such an important event for us. This week three new stations have been opened at the Frunzensky radius – “Prospekt Slavy”, “Dunayskaya” and “Shushary”. First – as a test run. But in full capacity now, with all the properly set working parameters.
Alexander Beglov, the Governor of St. Petersburg: “We launched it in test mode on September 1st – and this was the right decision. Because in this month, we were able to find out what problems and complications there were and what needed to be fixed. So we have corrected all the flaws over this time”.
Yuriy Zinchuk, host: “If you compare this to Moscow’s scale, three stations does not look as too many. Just for your information, only last year alone 18 stations were opened in the capital. But we must not forget that Moscow is the capital, first and foremost. And there are far more passengers there than in St. Petersburg. And budgets are bigger too. And, secondly, every specialist would tell you that the hardest type of soil and less accustomed to building a subway system – is the swampy and hard-rock underground of St. Petersburg, mixed with Cambrian clay and ground waters.
We have the deepest subway system in the world. So building tunnels here is a very complicated task. Has always been like that – ever since the Leningrad subway system was launched. These are the shots from 1969 – the opening of the “Moskovskaya” station. The tunnel construction was halted because the builders hit sandstone – and had to dig through with rock drills. But now we have a new page in our city’s history – October 2019. The launch of three new subway stations. Hooray!
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel