Lakhta Center is a multifunctional complex in St. Petersburg with the Gazprom headquarter and public spaces occupying a third of the area. Construction was completed in October 2018, now start work on the arrangement of business and public areas. The opening will take place in about a year, when the complex will be fully prepared to meet guests.
Lakhta Center will change traffic flows
Fontanka.ru, Nikita Malyutin
One of the arguments of those who doubt the success of the project of the construction of Gazprom neft headquarters in Lakhta is that at present in respect of transport accessibility Primorsky district runs one of the last places among all the districts of Petersburg, only in the outskirts like Kolpino, Pushkin or Peterhof the situation is worse.
The flow of vehicles going from the south of Primorsky district to the center of Petersburg gets into a narrow bottleneck of Savushkina street and those who try to get to the adjoining Viborsky district in the end get stuck at the gate crossing on Poklonnogorskaya street or in the congestion on Bogatirsky prospect. It is also difficult to get out there by public transport. There are only two metro stations in the district, Staraya Derevnya and Komendantsky prospect. People have to take buses or trams to get to the metro stations.
However at the same time no other district of the city sees such an active transport construction. A large number of the planned facilities is to be built prior to the commissioning of Lakhta Center which is planned for 2018. As early as in 2012 a multi-layer road junction is to be completed at the junction of Primorsky prospect, Savushkina street and Planernaya street.
By 2015 - 2016 the construction of the Western Speed Diameter will have been completed. It will accommodate most vehicles incoming to Petersburg via Lakhta and Primorskoye highway and allow the guests of Gazprom Neft Center getting to Pulkovo airport bypassing Savushkina street. According to Technical Director of Petersburgskiye Dorogi Design Company Olga Andreeva (Peterburgskiye Dorogi conducted a study on the impact of Lakhta Center on the transport situation in the district), it will be possible to get to the Western Speed Diameter from the public and business center via the extension of Turistskaya street with an overpass over the railway tracks which is to be built by the city and then via Bogatirsky prospect to the road junction and highway.
The communication within the district will be improved by the extension of Shuvalovsky prospect at the section between Kamishovaya and Planernaya streets. In 2012 the city will start building an overpass on Poklonnaya street, which will significantly simplify the communication of Primorsky district with Viborsky district. In 2011 the construction of the extension of a road to Kamenka started, its completion is planned in 2013. In future Suzdalsky prospect will cross the Western Speed Diameter and will be extended up to Primorskoye highway (М-49 highway). According to Olga Andreeva it will be a kind of a semi-ring which helps get to the Ring Road fast by avoiding congested Primorskoye highway.
The public transport network will change as well. A new bus route has been launched from the future location of Lakhta Center to Komendantsky Prospect Metro Station. According to the program adopted in 2011 by 2015 the existing tram line will be extended up to Konnaya Lakhta. And the metro development scheme till 2025 says that by 2016-2020 a few new stations will be built: Ulitsya Savushkina, Yakhtennaya, Zoopark, etc. In future the station next to Lakhta Center will be built as well.
Nowadays most dwellers of Primorsky district have to commute to work to other parts of Petersburg. In future they can work in the public and business center in Lakhta and then they will go to work in the opposite direction, i.e. the flows will be rearranged. In the morning not all the dwellers will go to work to the center and in the evening in the opposite directions and the roads in Primorsky district will not be completely congested. Furthermore, in the morning the dwellers of other districts will go to Lakhta Center on empty roads by creating reversible flows.