The people of Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan, are rightly proud of their 9-station metro system. Originally envisaged to have three lines, the first was opened on 1st December 2011 with a two station extension in April 2015. This beautifully appointed subterranean line took over 23 years to build. Due to spiralling costs, it seems unlikely that the remaining two lines will be constructed. Here an unidentified passenger set streaks into Raijmbek Batyr station heading for Moskva, at the opposite end of the line, on 17th February 2017.
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