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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.

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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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2018-05-15 19:03:00

Metro will be open at the Night of Museums 2018

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at the Night of Museums from May 19, 2018 to May 20, 2018 without a break.

2018-05-08 21:33:00

Мetro will work at night from 09 May to 10 May 2018

St. Petersburg Metro will work at night from May 09, 2018 to May 10, 2018 without a break.

2018-04-06 17:11:00

The operating mode of lobbies of the "Nevsky Prospect" station changes

Due to the technical works at the "Nevsky Prospect" station the operating mode of lobbies changes

2018-04-06 16:00:00

Metro will be open at the Easter night from 7 April to 8 April 2018

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at the night from 7 April to 8 April 2018 without a break

2018-03-14 11:30:00

In the night of March 16, 2018 work of the St. Petersburg metro will be prolonged

In the night of March 16 work of the St. Petersburg metro will be prolonged till 01-30 o'clock.