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History of the Metro

The idea to create an off-street system of railroad transportation in the northern capital of the Russian Empire goes back to the 19th century. As far back as 1820, an engineer by the name of Torgovanov appealed to Alexander I via Count M.A. Miloradovich with a proposal to set up a tunnel under the Neva. The monarch wrote on the petition: “Issue two hundred rubles from our funds to Torgovanov and make him sign an obligation not to come up with such projects any more. Let him do what he’s suited to do.” A famous self-taught inventor, I.P.Kulibin, also made similar requests, however also in  vain.


Several projects for St Petersburg, designed by the French born English engineer, Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, who is considered the father of tunnel construction, were also not implemented due to a number of reasons. Nikolaevskiy (Blagoveschenskiy) Bridge, completed in 1855,  somewhat eased the problem of connecting the two banks of the Neva and bringing passengers and cargo from the city center to Vasilyevskiy Island. However the problem very soon resurfaced again.
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2016-05-27 11:22:00

The Vasileostrovskaya station is open after major repairs

The station is open from 2016.05.27.

2016-02-08 12:58:00

The Elizarovskaya station is closed

The Elizarovskaya station is closed for major repairs.

2015-12-25 13:10:00

The Vyborskaya station is open after major repairs

The Vyborskaya station is open from 2015.12.25.

2015-07-11 12:28:00

The Vasileostrovskaya station is closed

The Vasileostrovskaya station is closed for major repairs.

2015-03-24 16:35:00

Changes to the Working Hours of the Lobby of Nevsky Prospekt Station 2

Due to changes in passenger flow at the transfer stations of Nevskiy Prospekt and Gostiniy Dvor