Ukraine’s Dnipro hopes to get metro extension back on track

The half built station at Teatralna (Dimlys1994/CC BY-SA 4.0)
Dnipro Metro is hoping to attract companies willing to help restart a 4km metro extension that was suspended after Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

The 7km system now consists only of a single line connecting six stations in the city.

Turkish contractor Limak had been working on adding another three when the war broke out, prompting its withdrawal under conditions of force majeure.

Those three would extend the line from the Dnipro Central Railway Station to the Teatralna near the opera house; Tsentralna in the city centre; and Muzeina near the Museum of History.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, each was to have had a unique ticket hall and interior concourse.

ZHA’s design for the stations had a welded steel aesthetic, recalling the city’s industrial heritage (Atchain/ZHA)

They were scheduled for completion in 2025.

The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) lent €152m to the scheme in 2012 and supported Limak’s €224m contract.

Now the city is working with the EBRD to “test the risk appetite of the market in the context of the current situation in Ukraine”.

According to the EBRD, the plan is to carry out a tender for a design-and-build contractor, which may be financed by the bank.

Polish consulting engineer ILF is supporting the client in procuring the work and will act as a FIDIC Engineer in the future contract.

The EBRD has issued a request of expressions of interest, with a deadline of 21 June.

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