Moscow Metro starts weaving its spider web

Plans to create a second circle line for Moscow's Metro are a step closer to becoming a reality, as work on the first leg of the new line has begun.

The new circle line is designed to reduce the number of passengers traveling to the center. The authorities hope that the new ring will help cut congestion by at least 20 per cent.

The stretch started will connect three regions in the east of the capital.

Developing the underground transport system is one of Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin's top priorities.

In as little as five years, the City Hall plans to build a whopping 79 kilometers of new Metro lines, with 27 light-rail stations and another 16 standard ones.

It was also promised that the Moscow Metro will become more disabled-friendly – access to it is expected to be improved by two per cent by the end of the year.

The city's Metro is one of the busiest in the world, with up to 10 million passengers using it every day.