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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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2019-05-24 16:10:00

The Subway will operate non-stop during “The Day of the City” Celebration

On the night of 26-27 May 2019 the St. Petersburg Subway will be working all night long.

2019-05-17 17:33:00

Metro will be open at the Night of Museums 2019

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at the Night of Museums from May 18, 2019 to May 19, 2019 without a break.

2019-05-07 18:55:00

Мetro will work at night from 09 May to 10 May 2019

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at night from May 09, 2019 to May 10, 2019 without a break.

2019-04-30 14:15:00

Мetro will work at night from 01 May to 02 May 2019

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at night from May 01, 2019 to May 02, 2019 without a break.

2018-12-28 19:07:00

Мetro will work at night the New Year’s Eve and the Orthodox Christmas

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at night from 31 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 and from 6 January to 7 January 2019 without a break.