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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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2018-07-27 21:02:00

The Akademicheskaya station will be closed

The Akademicheskaya station will be closed for major repairs

2018-07-18 13:45:00

Feedback of foreign fans about the St. Petersburg Metro during the World Cup 2018

Opinion of the guests of St. Petersburg

2018-07-06 21:00:00

Мetro will work at night from 10 July to 11 July 2018 till 03-00 am.

Working hours of the metro will be prolonged after the end of football match.

2018-06-22 15:15:00

Мetro will work at night from 26 June to 27 June 2018 till 02-00 am.

Working hours of the metro will be prolonged after the end of football match.

2018-06-20 15:03:00

Мetro will work at night from 23 June to 24 June 2018 (the “Scarlet Sails” Festival)

St. Petersburg Metro will be open at the night from June 23, 2018 to June 24, 2018 without a break.