The entry to eight stations on the Moscow metro’s Orange Line will be limited from Wednesday to Saturday due to a disruption in train traffic, the head of the Moscow Metro, Dmitry Pegov, said in a statement, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.
No trains will travel toward the city center from Novoyasenevskaya and Yasenevo stations, he added.
The increase in delays on the Orange Line may cause a large crowd of passengers at the Oktyabrskaya station on the Circle Line. In order to regulate passenger traffic, Akademicheskaya and Shabolovskaya stations will be closed from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
"So we ask our passengers ... to use alternative modes of transport," Pegov said, adding that the passengers will be able to get to the Akademicheskaya station using the replacement buses marked "M", and to the Shabolovskaya station by the trams No. 14, 26 and "A."
Smoke was seen in the Noviye Cheryomushki station on the Orange Line accompanied by a pungent smell on Monday afternoon and the station was closed to passengers. The station opened shortly afterwards, but delays on the line are expected to continue.
Media reports claimed the cause of the smoke was a short circuit of electric cables at the Noviye Cheryomushki station, followed by the failure of traffic lights on the southern section of the Orange Line.