Teatralna (Kiev Metro) - History


In the original 1950s Kiev Metro development plans, the northwest-southeast Syretsko-Pecherska Line was not foreseen. Therefore, no space was left for a transfer station on the Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska line. When the former line was being planned during the 1970s, it was decided that a new station was to be built onto the existing track.

The original curved tunnels lacked any provision for a future platform and had to be very precisely rebored to create a straight section for the new station. Construction began simultaneously when the work commenced on the Syretsko-Pecherska Line in the early 1980s. During the last six months of construction, the service on the line was disrupted, and the Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska Line was effectively split in two, with a replacement bus service operating free of charge between the two stations on either end, Universytet from the west, and Khreshchatyk from the east, respectively. Finally, on November 7, 1987 (the 70th anniversary of the October Revolution), the Teatralna station was opened to the public. The old tunnels were then used to build the enlarged vault of Zoloti Vorota, which opened in 1989. An underground walkway connects the rear end of Zoloti Vorota to the side of Tetralna, allowing passengers to change lines without leaving the metro.

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