THE METRO: 'PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE'

Low cost public transport in Moscow restricts commuting by car to a low level. The metro is the most popular form of transport and although half the size of London's underground is used for an average of 5.7 M journeys per day compared with London's 2 M. The article describes the history, design and construction of the underground system which will be extended and improved before the 1980 olympic games. It is planned that there will be some 330 km of track and 300 stations by the year 2000. The first shafts were excavated by hand in 1932 through wet and variable ground - quite unsuitable for an underground rail system. Shields were not used initially; ground freezing was a common method of dealing with the poorest ground conditions. An outstanding feature of the system is the ornate architecture of the early stations; marble cladding and semi-precious stones such as onyx are still used for decoration and mosaics in the modern constructions.

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 42-43
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1982 12:00AM