The Japanese company Nikken Sekkei Research Institute proposed five sites for the creation of transfer hubs as part of the development of the light rail metro concept in Voronezh. This was reported by the Press Service of the Mayor’s Office on Friday, February 1. The total area of the sites will be 218.9 ha.

The list of projected sites for the creation of transfer hubs includes an area of 9 hectares adjacent to Voronezh-1 Railway Station. Another hub was proposed to be organized on the area of 61 hectares, which is bounded by Tekstilshchikov - Druzhinnikov - Elektrosignalnaya streets - Moskovsky Prospect - Prospekt Truda. The list also includes a plot of 53 hectares – the site of the former Excavator Plant (11 Moskovsky Prospekt), as well as a plot of 18.9 hectares, bounded by Moskovsky Prospect - Raketny Lane - Uchenichesky Lane. Another transfer hub will be on the left bank – an area of 77 hectares, bounded by Ostuzheva Street - Leninsky Prospekt.

Preparation for the development of a new public transport route plan, a large-scale reorganization of which is scheduled for 2020, was discussed at the Mayor’s Office on January 16. The officials and representatives of the Japanese side discussed the development of a feasibility study. According to Vadim Kstenin, Mayor of Voronezh, it is necessary to carry out a high-quality collection of basic data on passenger flows. They will be the base for taking decisions on billions of investments. The works will be carried out by contracting organizations – the State Scientific Institution “Research and Design Institute of the General Plan of Moscow” and the Federal Autonomous Institution “Rosdornii”. Baseline data on passenger traffic will be taken into account when developing a feasibility study (FS) of a project to create a light rail system in Voronezh. The work on the feasibility study will take about a year.

According to Nikken Sekkei Research Institute CEO Takayuki Ishikawa, the optimization of the transport network and the light rail creation will be an effective solution to the problems that Voronezh faces now.

The context

The project of creating a metro in Voronezh was presented in April 2017. In June, the Voronezh authorities announced a tender for a feasibility study on the creation of a high-speed rail passenger transport system. The tender was won by Kinosarg company. The project to create a light rail metro was recognized as a priority joint project. At that time, Japanese experts recommended Nikken Sekkei Ltd, which designs transfer hubs around the world to implement the project. In September 2018, the cost of building the Voronezh metro under the Japanese project was estimated at 30 billion rubles. The head of the region, Alexander Gusev, said that “about 38 billion rubles from the conventional 45 billion rubles will pay off in a ten-year term.”