Thursday, November 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg explores option of two-level subway

The designers of UZPZ Metro have started work on a project for the second line of the Yekaterinburg subway.

Sergey Myamin, the deputy mayor of Yekaterinburg for capital construction and land use safety, held a meeting about the building of a second line on August 14. The type of running tunnels has to be decided on soon, according to Vladimir Kagilev, the director of UZPS Metro, Ural Business Consulting reports.

The options include a classical tunnel with two one-way tunnels each with a five meter diameter and a platform between them. This is the option currently being used by the city.

The other option is a single nine meter tunnel with two railways going in opposite directions, located next to each other with platforms on both sides. This is the kind used in Saint Petersburg.

Another option is a single 20 meter tunnel where trains go in opposite directions above one another. This solution was implemented in Barcelona and officials said that this is the version that would be best suited for Yekaterinburg, according to Ural Business Consulting.

The third option would save money as there would be no additional building jobs due to the stations being located directly in the tunnel section. The organization of space also offers an improved layout.

Experts also discussed fully or partially automated control options for the trains at the meeting.

The next phase of the project is draft design, which will begin as soon as the tender for the service has been coordinated. Kagilev said that this should happen any day, Ural Business Consulting reports.