Kuntsevskaya (Russian: Кунцевская) is a Moscow Metro station in the Kuntsevo District, Western Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya and Filyovskaya Lines serving as a cross-platform transfer between them and as a terminus of the latter. The station originally opened on 31 August 1965, as part of the extension of the Filyovsky radius, but on 7 January 2008, it was expanded and rebuilt as a part of the Strogino-Mitino extension.Description
The 1965 construction was designed by Robert Pogrebnoy to a standard design of the 1960s surface level stations, with two identical glazed vestibules on each side of the Rublyovo highway, and two canopies extending over each of the platform ends supported by a single row of marble pillars.
The 2008 reconstruction was designed by Architect A. Vigdorov, and this added a new longer platform running parallel to the old one, larger modern vestibules, and extending the old platform to provide access over the Arbatsko-Porkovskaya's tracks via a glazed overpass. This was necessary as the old platform length was designed for the Filyovskaya's six-car-long trains, whilst the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya presently operates seven-car-long trains, with likelihood of them being further lengthened to eight cars long.Operation
Before reconstruction, Kuntsevskaya was operating on regular basis as any other station of the Moscow Metro. Meaning that trains were passing right-hand side with access through the left door. It was directly connected to Filyovskaya line with Pionerskaya and Molodyozhnaya stations.
During the 2008 reconstruction, trains were mostly operating as before, with the only difference of switching lanes in November - December 2007 as the new rail was being corded to the existing tracks. That is, sometimes trains heading to Krylatskoye were using the left-hand side track and their doors opened to the right. Trains going Shchyolkovskaya were to wait their turn, however.
The current operation differs in terms of servicing. That is, the new one-track platform gathers trains from Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya arriving from Slavyanskiy Bulvar and dispatching them to Strogino. The two other tracks keep their functionality as per servicing Filyovskaya line. Since every second train heading northwest on Filyovskaya is dispatched for the Delovoy Tsentr - Mezhdunarodnaya segment, the number of trains heading to Kuntsevskaya was reduced. Therefore, this track is sometimes used for trains headed toward Molodezhnaya via Slavyanskiy Bulvar, while the last track takes trains from Molodezhnaya to both Slavyanskiy Bulvar and Pionerskaya, and is therefore the most crowded.Station design
Architecturally the new platform sufficiently differs from its older neighbour which was the last of the 1960s surface stations of the Moscow Metro, built at time when the minimum resources was spend on architecture and engineering. It includes two vestibules, the western one has its ticket hall outside, whilst the larger eastern one ecompasses it into one large structure, marble and granite as well as new metalloplastic materials of orange and brown tones are used.
In the future it is planned that the older platform will also be upgraded with newer technology and decoration similar to its neighbour.