Moscow Metro has opened the new Line 8 section (Solntsevskaya Line) between Ramenki and Rasskazovka stations.

The new section comprises seven stations and is expected to enable residents living in the districts of Novo-Peredelkino and Solntsevo to reach the city centre in around 40 minutes.

The decision to construct the 31km-long Solntsevskaya Line and the Solntsevo depot was taken in 2011 by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

Initially, the plan included building a metro line to Solntsevo, but it was later extended to Rasskazovka and again to Vnukovo following public requests.

The whole line was built in multiple stages. The first 3.4km section opened in early 2014 and included a section between Delovoi Tsentr and Park Pobedy.

In March last year, the second section Park Pobedy-Ramenki featuring three stations was inaugurated.

“The new section is expected to enable residents living in the districts of Novo-Peredelkino and Solntsevo to reach the city centre in around 40 minutes.”

The third and current section between Ramenki and Rasskazovka opened last week is 15.3km long.

The last and final 5km section connects Rasskazovka station to Vnukovo Airport, and is expected to be complete by 2023.

Sobyanin said: “The metro in Rasskazovka welcomes its first passengers. Congratulations, thank you, friends. Thanks to those who built the metro and thanks also to all the local residents for being patient during the course of the construction period.”

In addition to serving around 600,000 people residing in the regions of Solntsevo, Novo-Peredelkino and Moskovsky districts, the newly extended line is expected to enable people to travel to Vnukovo Airport more quickly.

The line is expected to ease the burden on the south-western section of Sokolnicheskaya Line (Line 1), as well as reduce road traffic on surrounding motorways, including a Moscow Ring Road section between Michurinsky and Leninsky prospects.