The contract covers the initial 7.5km phase of Line 1 from Biblioteka Pushkina to Prospekt Rokossovskogo, which will have five stations and a bridge across the River Om between Biblioteka Pushkina and Nina stations.

The total cost of the project is expected to be around Roubles 7.3bn excluding rolling stock.

Construction began on the first tunnels for the metro as long ago as 1992 but work was halted due to financial constraints.