Line 5 (Saint Petersburg Metro)

Line 5 of the Saint Petersburg Metro, also known as Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line (Russian: Фру́нзенско-Примо́рская ли́ния) or Purple Line, is a newest rapid transit line in Saint Petersburg, Russia, opened in 2008, which connects the historical city centre to the northwestern and southern districts. It has 15 stations covering a total length of 26.2 kilometres (16.3 mi). Although it opened on 20 December 2008, parts of the line are considerably older. At its official opening in 2008, it included only two stations that opened concurrently with the line. On 7 March 2009, the Metro incorporated six existing stations of Line 4 (Pravoberezhnaya) into Line 5, expanding it to nine stations.

Line 5 (Frunzensko-Primorskaya)
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OwnerSaint Petersburg Metro
TypeRapid transit
SystemSaint Petersburg Metro
Line length26.2 km (16.3 mi)[1]
Track gauge1,524 mm (5 ft)
Route map

Komendantsky Prospekt
Staraya Derevnya
Yelagin island
Krestovsky Ostrov
Service siding to line 2
Service siding to line 4
Obvodny Kanal
Prospekt Slavy
Depot 7 Yuzhnoye

Admiralteyskaya station, which is the deepest station in Russia and one of the deepest in the world, at 86 metres, opened on this line 2011.[2][3]


History of constructionEdit

Expansion plans that included the route of the current Line 5 first appeared in the 1980s. Construction began in 1987, but the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resultant financial crash forced the city to freeze the construction of the Frunzensky branch (the section south of Sadovaya). Sadovaya, which opened in 1991, is the oldest station on the line.

City officials decided to continue building the Primorsky branch (the section north of Sadovaya). Sportivnaya and Chkalovskaya opened in 1997, Staraya Derevnya and Krestovsky Ostrov opened in 1999, and Komendantsky Prospekt opened in 2005. The Metro incorporated these stations into the Line 4 (Pravoberezhnaya) once the Frunzensky branch was completed.

Subsequent to the formal opening of Line 5, and the connection of the Primorsky and Fruzensky branches in March 2009, Obvodny Kanal station was opened on the existing open section of line on 30 December 2010. The long-awaited Admiralteyskaya station, serving many of the historic and tourist sites in the city, was opened on 28 December 2011, also on an existing open section of line. Prior to this date, most trains bypassed this partially completed station, save for a few trains that dropped off and picked up construction workers.

Rolling StockEdit

The line currently has trains of 81-540/541 and the .2 and .5 modifications running since the opening.


Segment Launch date Length Number of stations
as a part of line 4
30 December 1991 N/A 1
Sadovaya to Chkalovskaya (without Admiralteyskaya)
as a part of line 4
15 September 1997 4.7 km (2.9 mi) 2
Chkalovskaya to Staraya Derevnya (without Krestovsky Ostrov station)
as a part of line 4
14 January 1999 4.1 km (2.5 mi) 1
Krestovsky Ostrov
as a part of Line 4
3 September 1999 N/A 1
Staraya Derevnya to Komendantsky Prospekt
as a part of line 4
2 April 2005 2.7 km (1.7 mi) 1
Zvenigorodskaya to Volkovskaya (without Obvodny Kanal station) 20 December 2008 3.2 km (2.0 mi) 2
Sadovaya to Zvenigorodskaya, Primorsky and Frunsensky radiuses are joined together. 7 March 2009 1.1 km (0.68 mi) N/A
Obvodny Kanal
30 December 2010 N/A 1
28 December 2011 N/A 1
Volkovskaya to Mezhdunarodnaya
28 December 2012[4] 5.0 km (3.1 mi) 2
Mezhdunarodnaya to Shushary
3 October 2019[5] 5.23 km (3.25 mi) 3
Total: 26.2 km (16.3 mi) 15

Future projectsEdit

On the northern end of the line, three stations are planned namely Shuvalovsky Prospekt, Plesetskaya, Artseulovskaya and Kolomyazhskaya. They will be followed by another new depot. Once completed, the line will have 19 stations, and will be in excess of 30 kilometres (19 mi) long.[6]


  1. ^ "Полезная информация" (in Russian). Official Website of St. Petersburg Metro. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  2. ^ Строительство станции «Адмиралтейская». Петербургский метрополитен (in Russian). Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Информация для пассажиров" (in Russian). Official Website of St. Petersburg Metro. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. ^ В Москве начала работу новая станция метро – "Пятницкое шоссе" (in Russian). Channel One. December 28, 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  5. ^ Смольный назвал дату открытия станций Фрунзенского радиуса (in Russian). October 1, 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Через 30 лет в Петербурге построят еще четыре линии метро". June 27, 2018.