Obvodny Canal (metro station)

Obvodny Kanal is a station of the Petersburg Metro. It is part of the Frunzensko-Primorskaya line, located between the Zvenig…

Obvodny Canal (metro station)

Bypass Canal Petersburg metro station. It is part of the Frunzensko-Primorskaya line, located between the Zvenigorodskaya and Volkovskaya stations.

Commissioning of the plant as part of the first phase of the Frunzensky radius in 2008 was not envisaged. The station opened on December 30, 2010.

It is planned to open a transition to the Karetnaya station of the Krasnoselsko-Kalininskaya line when it is launched.

Ground structures

The station lobby is located in the building of the Ligov shopping and entertainment center at the intersection of Ligovsky Prospekt and the Obvodny Canal embankment, for the construction of which the former Sever cinema (153 Ligovsky Prospekt) had to be demolished and the 8-storey building dismantled, since Metrostroy did not was able to guarantee the safety of the latter during construction. Both of these buildings were built in 1914. The cinema building was part of an unrealized author's project of 1911, according to which it was supposed to complete the exit along Ligovsky Prospekt beyond the Obvodny Canal with two high dominants, to the left and to the right of the axis of the avenue, along the Obvodny Canal. Previously, the building of the cinema North (before the revolution – Nord) was considered an object of cultural heritage, but in August 2004 KGIOP excluded it from the list of monuments.

Underground structures

Obvodny Kanal is a deep-laying pylon station (depth 61 m). The original project provided for the construction of a two-tier interchange single-vaulted station, but to reduce the cost and speed up construction, the station type was changed to a pylon.

The underground hall was built according to the project of architects P. V. Malmalaev B. A. Podolsky and (St. Petersburg branch of the GiproNII RAS) in the style of industrial architecture. All three naves of the station and the inclined tunnel with escalators are elements of a single composition. Underground structures were designed according to a project similar to Spasskaya and Volkovskaya. The walls of the platforms are decorated with glass-ceramic panels with a collage panorama of the Obvodny Canal, as it was at the end of the 19th century. On the one hand – the embankment of the right bank, on the other – the left. The total length of the composition is 360 linear meters, on which there is not a single place for advertising. According to Yulia Shavel, press secretary of the St. Petersburg Metro, “Unfortunately, today we cannot live without advertising. Perhaps we will demand from advertisers that their layouts fit into the overall design concept of the station.”

Soon after the opening of the station, passengers noticed inaccuracies in the design of the panel. The architect of the Varshavsky railway station was listed on the wall of the Obvodny Kanal metro station as Skarzhinovsky K.A. In fact, the architect's surname is Skarzhinsky.Two weeks later, the error was corrected. The illustrators also placed the famous Tsarskoye Selo Kursaal, the first railway station in Russia, on the panel opposite the Varshavsky railway station.

The vestibule and underground halls were designed by architects P. V. Malmalaev, B. A. Podolsky, and artists A. Ya. Gordin and P. E. Yakushin.

The inclined passage with four escalators is located at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the station; initially, the lamps on the balustrades of the escalators were installed in a cylindrical shape, but since 2014, in order to optimize the lighting of the inclined passage, they were first partially replaced by spherical ones on a thin stem, and then in 2016 all – on torch lamps.


  • April: A resolution on the resettlement of buildings was adopted.
  • May: A fence was installed around the future lobby.
  • September 2 – the dismantling of the former cinema began.
  • October: the site was left without buildings.
  • November: Building demolished, pile driving in progress.
  • Work began on the construction of the slope.
  • December: slant run completed

Station opening

The original planned date for opening the station for transit traffic was December 1, 2008, but in mid-November it was moved to December 24, 2008, and the opening of traffic took place on December 20, 2008.

As of mid-2010, the station was planned to open in full for passengers in January 2011. However, in an interview given in 2010, the governor of St. Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko, insisted that the plant be put into operation no later than the end of December 2010. Vice-Governor Yuri Molchanov said that the station will open before the end of the year.

As of December 24, 2010 (when journalists visited it), the station was planned to be officially opened on December 30, 2010 (previously it was supposed to open the station on December 25). The press service of the metro spoke about the opening interval of December 27-30. From December 26, transit trains stopped (without opening doors) at the station.

The station opened on December 30, 2010. Governor V. I. Matvienko and Chairman of the Legislative Assembly V. A. Tyulpanov attended the opening of the station.

The station has been operating in full since its opening, while the building of the shopping center itself was being completed during 2011.


It is planned to transfer to the projected Karetnaya station of the Krasnoselsko-Kalinin line by 2026-2027.