Valery Shantsev: trains to metro station “Strelka” in Nizhny Novgorod to be in launched on April 2018

The first tunnel to the station will be laid in mid-December
Share 20 November 2015
Sergey Fadeichev/TASS
Nizhny Novgorod

Construction works on the metro station "Strelka" in Nizhny Novgorod, which is being built near the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, are conducted according to schedule and the first tunnel before to the station will be laid in the mid-December, Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Valery Shantsev said during the inspection of the construction site.

“The shaft for putting into the tunnel the first heading set of equipment is ready, all the equipment is in place,” Shantsev said. “It is the most modern shield, made in Germany, with a six-meter diameter. Around December 15-20 it will start working, its goal is to make driving before 2017,” he added.

According to the Governor, in May of the next year the second shield will be brought to the construction site, it will run a parallel tunnel. "The second shield will be launched with a certain time shift. In order to complete the tunneling two or three months later, and we calmly perform all works to ensure that in trains are launched in April 2018," he said.

Shantsev said that the situation at the construction site is currently "normal, all the works are on schedule." The length of the tunnels will be more than 3 km, depth - up to 40 m, and in the during situation with the city carrying out all the work will be difficult, the Governor said. However, according to him, the construction workers have experience of similar works at the station "Gorkovskaya" (14th metro station in Nizhny Novgorod opened in 2012). "Construction workers are traditionally using woman's name to refer to the shield, now it was decided to call this shield "Tatiana". It’s not yet clear how would they call the next shield, the meeting will be held a bit later, but I think this emotional disposition of our workers should be encouraged," Shantsev said.

Metro station "Strelka"

Construction works of the metro station "Strelka" started in June 2015: Valery Shantsev put a symbolic capsule in the object’s foundation. The new station is being built near the future Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 World Cup.

For the first time tunnels to the metro station will build using the two tunneling shields that will go in parallel, which will accelerate the construction of the subway line. The cost of construction totals about 10 billion rubles, including 6.2 billion from he federal funds, the rest – from the regional and local budgets. It is expected that with the introduction of the metro station "Strelka" Nizhny Novgorod metro passenger flow will increase by 30,000 people. Passenger traffic is currently at 150,000 people per day.

Nizhny Novgorod metro with the length over 17 km, consists of two lines and 14 stations, mostly in the city part beyond the river. "Gorkovskaya" metro station was launched in November 2012. It connected the river industrial part with the city center by metro bridge. Until 2025 the subway is planned to extend to 25 km by introducing 15 new stations.