RUSSIA: Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin opened an extension of the western section of metro Line 8 on March 16. The 7·3 km southwestern extension from Park Pobedy to Ramenki adds three stations.

Construction of the extension started in April 2013, and test runs commenced on December 30 2016. Already the deepest station on the network, Park Pobedy’s deepest point now 85 m below ground.

The first part of the western section of Line 8 was opened in January 2014, linking Park Pobedy with Delovoy Tsentr. It is due to be linked to the eastern section in 2020 with the opening of a 3·7 km central section between Delovoy Tsentr and Tretyakovskaya.

Before then, a 15·3 km western extension with seven stations from Ramenki to Rasskazovka is expected to open in late 2017 or early 2018. This will include a depot at Solntsevo. In the longer term, Line 8 is to be extended to Vnukovo Airport in the southwest.