Beijing team shares railway tech with Moscow

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The allotted sections of the Large Circle Line (formerly known as the Third Interchange Contour) of the Moscow Metro, which were designed by a team from Beijing, recently started construction, marking it the first time that foreign technologies are introduced to Russia's metro sector.

Designed by Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group (UCD), the metro line project includes design and construction of three metro stations as well as the tunnel sections in between, according to the China-Russia agreement.

Executives from UCD said their tasks were quite big and that they needed to take structural engineering, construction, economic factors and environmental protection into consideration during the design process. They said the company brought the latest and most advanced technologies to the project.

The decorations in the three metro stations will incorporate Chinese elements, including traditional Chinese patterns and color in the pillars, lamps and ceilings inside the station.

The Moscow Metro has been operating for over 80 years, and its world-renowned design and construction had been greatly influential for the subway system in Beijing, especially in the early period since the founding of the People's Republic of China.

After generations of innovation and development in design, construction and facilities, Beijing's urban transit system has made many breakthroughs over the past decades and even outperformed its counterpart in Moscow in construction methods and efficiency.

According to preliminary planning, the new metro line will be put into service in 2020.

Last year, the initial design of Astana's first light railway in Kazakhstan, made by UCD, passed the evaluation procedure. "The driverless light railway line will adopt the world's most sophisticated technologies," said an executive from UCD.

Measuring 21.39 kilometers, the light rail adopting the Chinese standard is expected to halve the commuting time for its passengers.

Hanoi's first light rail line in Vietnam, which is currently under construction, is also contracted to Beijing-based design, manufacturing and railway signal technology companies.

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