2 Jul 2010 13:47

Two more trains added to Sheremetyevo rail shuttle service

MOSCOW. July 2 (Interfax) - Two more Aeroexpress trains will shuttle passengers between the Belorussky railway station and Sheremetyevo Airport outside Moscow starting from Friday, the Aeroexpress company said in a press release.

This decision was made by Aeroexpress together with the Moscow railway administration to handle "the rapidly growing passenger traffic in this direction," according to the press release.

"Starting from today, extra Moscow-bound Aeroexpress trains will leave Sheremetyevo Airport at 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively, and they will leave the Belorussky railway station at noon and 12:30 p.m., respectively," Aeroexpress said.

Starting from July 12, the company also plans to use four more non-stop trains to shuttle employees of Sheremetyevo Airport and air carriers between the Savyolovsky railway station and the airport.

The volume of passenger traffic to Sheremetyevo Airport soared 65%-75% this week due to a transport collapse on the Leningradskoye motorway, Aeroexpress said earlier.

Additional lanes on a flyover over the Oktyabrskaya railway were opened at 6:00 a.m. Moscow time, a source in the Moscow transport and communications department told Interfax.

"Expanding the two-lane flyover by two more lanes has greatly improved the transport situation, but, nevertheless, it will be impossible to avoid traffic jams on the traditionally heavily congested Leningradskoye motorway," the source said.

For his part, a source in law enforcement services, told Interfax he did not rule out that "during the morning, when huge transport flows head to Moscow, traffic police officers will probably open three lanes for Moscow-bound traffic and leave the fourth lane for traffic heading to the region."

"Evidently, in the evening, and especially on Fridays, when a lot of people go to their dachas in the Moscow region for the weekend, three of the four lanes on the flyover will be reserved for traffic heading to the region," he said.