Nizhny Novgorod Metro

The Nizhny Novgorod Metro (Russian: Нижегородское метро), formerly known as the Gorky Metro (Russian: Горьковское метро), is a rapid-transit system which serves the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Opened in 1985, it consists of 15 stations[1] and is 21.6 kilometres (13.4 mi) long.[1] The metro connects with the City Rail system at the Moskovskaya station. It has the third-largest number of stations of any Russian subway system, the largest two being Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Nizhny Novgorod Metro
Avtozavodskaya Station Central Hall
Dvigatel Revolyutsii Station Central Hall
Gorkovskaya Station Central Hall
Zarechnaya Station Surface Vestibule
Gorkovskaya Station Surface Vestibule
Moskovskaya Station Central Hall
Burevestnik Station Central Hall
Strelka Station Central Hall
Moskovskaya Station Surface Vestibule
Strelka Station Surface Vestibule
Leninskaya Station Central Hall
Kanavinskaya Station Central Hall
Park Kultury Station Central Hall
Stations of Nizhny Novgorod Metro
Native nameНижегородский метрополитен
Nizhegorodsky Metropoliten
LocaleNizhny Novgorod, Russia
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines2
Number of stations15[1]
Daily ridership271,89 (2018)[2]
Annual ridership27,6 million (2017)
WebsiteOfficial website
Began operation1985
Operator(s)Nizhegorodskoye Metro
System length21.6 km (13.4 mi)[1]


Nizhny Novgorod (known during the Soviet era as Gorky) is a large city on the Volga River. In the mid-1970s its population exceeded one million, meeting the Soviet requirement for the development of a rapid-transit system. Construction began on December 17, 1977, and the network was opened to the public on November 20, 1985. Russia's third subway system, it is the tenth in the former Soviet Union.

Drilling of tunnels began in September 1978 from the Leninskaya station. Developing design documentation, modifying roads and tram lines, and demolishing houses were time-consuming. In 1979, piles were driven for the foundation of the Moskovskaya station. In June 1980, it was proposed to expand the Gorky Metro to three lines.[3]

On July 13, 1984, during construction of the Moskovskaya station, its walls collapsed; two workers from the student brigade, who were helping with construction, died. According to urban legend, the ghosts of the dead students still walk through the tunnels and metro stations.[4]

On November 20, 1985, the Gorky Metro was opened. The first line was 7.8 km (4.8 mi) long, with six stations (Moskovskaya, Chkalovskaya, Leninskaya, Zarechnaya, Dvigatel Revolyutsii, and Proletarskaya), a depot and an engineering building. Two more stations were opened (Avtozavodskaya and Komsomolskaya, from the Proletarskaya station) in 1987, and Kirovskaya and Park Kultury opened in 1989.

Post-Soviet eraEdit

Although the pace of metro construction in the Soviet Union was impressive, the consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union complicated the metro's future. When the first stage was completed in 1989, construction began on the second stage. Throughout Russia, segments which opened in the early 1990s were mainly completed; bankrupt companies and workers struggled to finish them. On December 20, 1993, two stations opened on the new Line 2: Kanavinskaya and Burnakovskaya.[5]

On September 9, 2002, the 13th station (Burevestnik, on Line 2) was opened.[5] On September 22, 2012, the metro was closed for the first time to switch power to the new control system of the Line 1 Gorkovskaya station, which was under construction; the station opened on November 4 of that year. The Line 2 Strelka station was opened on June 12, 2018.[6]


Segment Date opened Length
MoskovskayaProletarskaya November 20, 1985 7.8 km
Proletarskaya—Komsomolskaya August 8, 1987 2.4 km
Komsomolskaya—Park Kultury November 15, 1989 2.2 km
Moskovskaya—Burnakovskaya December 20, 1993 2.6 km
Burnakovskaya—Burevestnik September 9, 2002 1.3 km
Moskovskaya—Gorkovskaya November 5, 2012 3.5 km
Moskovskaya—Strelka June 13, 2018 3.1 km
Total: 15 stations 22.0 km


Metro bridge over the Oka River

The metro has 14 stations, 13 of which are underground. There is also a ghost station: Yarmarka, whose construction was abandoned in favour of the Strelka station. The system has two lines, with a cross-platform interchange at Moskovskaya. After the construction of Line 3 (Nagornaya), there will be two more transfer stations: Operny Teatr and Olgino.

Line 1 has right-hand traffic. Line 2 has left-hand traffic because the rails split at Moskovskaya due to the lack of a full-length tunnel on that line.

The underground stations have shallow level designs. Moskovskaya has the typical USSR five-pillar span; Chkalovskaya, Leninskaya, Park Kultury, and Kanaviskaya are standard single-vaults, and the rest are standard pillar tri-spans. The surface station, Burevestnik, has a side-platform layout.

The metro's rolling stock, supplied by the Proletarskoye depot, consists of eighty Metrovagonmash 81-717/81-714s; each train is four cars long. The interval between trains is 7½ to eight minutes at midday.

City layoutEdit

Unlike other Soviet-era metros, Nizhny Novgorod does not have the usual triangular layout (three lines and six spokes intersecting in the city centre) because of the city's unusual layout. Nizhny Novgorod is on the Volga River, at its confluence with the Oka River. During the 20th century, the city developed polycentrically. The historic city centre (including the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin), including most of its administrative, cultural, and educational facilities, is on the high, hilly bank of the Oka. The low, flat, opposite bank contains most of the city's industries and some large residential districts grouped around Kanavino. Kanavino also has the city's central railway station and the largest urban transport hubs; Sormovo's largest industries are the Krasnoye Sormovo plant and Avtozavod (GAZ).

Metro layoutEdit

Avtozavodskaya station
Gorkovskaya Station

Faced with such a geographical arrangement, the metro planners adopted a design which would have two lines with four spokes, opened in a series of stages (and each stage in segments). The system's hub, the Moskovskaya station (next to Nizhny Novgorod's main railway station), would have a four-track, two-island platform for cross-platform transfer.


The first stage would be the Avtozavodskaya Line, following the south bank of the Oka through the residential and industrial zones of the Leninsky district, the GAZ automobile plant and into the Avtozavodsky City District. The second stage, the Sormovskaya Line, would run west from Moskovskaya into the Sormovo districts. The third stage would incorporate a combined auto-metro bridge across the Oka, bringing the Avtozavodskaya Line into the city centre. The fourth and final stage would be the Sormovskaya Line to the Meshcherskoye Ozero residential area north-west of the railway station, on the Volga. The 25-kilometre (16 mi) system, with over 20 stations, was planned for completion by the late 1990s.

The order in which the stages were opened was influenced by industry-specific Soviet-era passenger flow and the depot-placement issue; cross-river traffic was less heavy. GAZ was the Avtozavodsky district's chief employer, and many workers lived in the northern parts of the city. The only suitable location for the rail depot was near the automobile plant.


Livery Name Name (Cyrillic) Date opened Newest station Length (km) # of stations Ride time (end to end)
  Line 1
Линия 1
20 November 1985 4 November 2012 14.5 11 18 minutes
  Line 2
Линия 2
20 November 1985 12 June 2018 7.1 5 10 minutes
Total: 21.6 15

Line 1Edit

System map

Line 1, Avtozavodskaya, runs between Park Kultury and Gorkovskaya and was opened in 1985. It has one interchange station (Moskovskaya, on line 2), and connects the lower and upper cities by bridge.

It was designed in 1980. During the Soviet era, the line was called Avtozavodsko-Meshcherskaya and was intended to last until the residential micro-district near Meshchersky Lake was built.

Line 2Edit

Line 2, also known as Sormovsko-Meshcherskaya or Sormovskaya, runs between the Burevestnik and Moskovskaya stations and was opened in 1993. In January 1981, the line was known as Sormovsko-Nagornaya and was planned to connect the industrial lower city and the historic upper city. Construction of the line was halted several times due to crises in Russia. For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Strelka station was built near Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. After the World Cup, it is planned to extend the line to the Volga station in Meshchera and the Varya station in Sormovo. The Yarmarka ghost station is also planned to be completed.

Future plansEdit

The Gorkovskaya station, the first station on the Oka River, opened in November 2012.[7] Before the extension of Line 1 in 2012, low ridership was a challenge. Despite a longer line than other Russian Metro systems at the time (including Novosibirsk, Samara and Yekaterinburg), its passenger traffic was one of the lowest with a 16.8 million annual ridership in 2004. In comparison, the Novosibirsk system had almost double the annual ridership of the Nizhny Novgorod Metro.

Construction of the metro bridge began in 1995 and was completed in November 2009. After the extension of Line 1 to the city centre, there are three proposals for development. The first was the extension of the Sormovskaya Line to the Strelka station, near the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The second is the extension of the Sormovskaya Line to Sormovo. The third proposal is the eastern extension of the line in the city centre, with construction of the Operny Teatr and Sennaya stations.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d МЕТРОПОЛИТЕНЫ РОССИИ за 2012 год [METROS of Russia in 2012]. Новосибирский метрополитен (in Russian). Novosibirsk metro. 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Статистика. Пассажиропоток в метро Нижнего Новгорода". Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod Metro". mapa-metro.
  4. ^ Wiejak, Marta (May 17, 2018). "Interesting Facts You Should Know About Nizhny Novgorod". The Culture Trip.
  5. ^ a b "Nizhny Novgorod Metro". International Metro Association. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  6. ^ На станцию метро “Стрелка” прибыл первый поезд. (in Russian). Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Строящиеся станции Нижегородского метро [Construction of Nizhny Novgorod subway station] (in Russian). 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2018.

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