New station complex Vostochny in Moscow to receive its first passengers at end of May
“Changes to the timetable and route of a number of passenger trains passing through Kursk railway station will be timed to coincide with the introduction of the summer timetable from 29 May 2021,” said Dmitry Pegov, Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways. “At the same time, Kursk railway station will continue to serve two pairs of high-speed Lastochka trains to the cities of Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod.”
Pegov was speaking on 19 January 2021 during a press conference on switching the arrival and departure station for long-distance trains from Kursk railway station to the Cherkizovo terminal at the Vostochny railway station complex.
“Russian Railways has listened carefully to the proposals received from passengers and the administrations of the Nizhny Novgorod and Ivanovo regions,” said Pegov. “Following discussions with all the interested parties, we decided, in the interests of passengers and taking into account the position of the regional governors, to postpone switching some trains from Kursk railway station to the Cherkizovo terminal until the end of May.”
Earlier it was planned that the Strizh and Lastochka services between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod and a number of other trains would arrive at the Cherkizovo terminal (Lokomotiv on the Moscow Central Ring) from 15 March 2021.
The reorganisation of train services at the Central Transport Hub is associated with large-scale construction work to build additional tracks on the Moscow-Kalanchevskaya – Moscow-Kurskaya section in order to increase the volume of electric trains.
To facilitate the construction, the Russian Railways’ Holding is switching a number of trains to the new Cherkizovo terminal at the Vostochny railway station complex. This, the newest railway junction in Moscow, is already in the final construction stage.