#Austria will Spend €17.5b on Railway Network until 2027

Among other things, it is planned to lengthen platforms on lines in and near Vienna from 160 to 220 metersAmong other things, it is planned to lengthen platforms on lines in and near Vienna from 160 to 220 meters |  Infrastructurephoto: Wegscheider, OBB / Gudok.ru

The Austrian Council of Ministers approved the master plan of the Federal Ministry for Climate, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) for the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB), according to which 17.5 billion euros will be invested in the expansion and modernization of railway infrastructure country. This is reported by the International Railway Journal.

The framework plan includes projects and expected costs over a six-year period (2021 to 2026) as well as maintenance costs. Once approved by the Federal Council of Ministers, the plan will be submitted as a report to the National Council.

Funding will be provided to OBB’s infrastructure unit to improve urban, suburban and regional rail services. The modernization will help reduce the pressures caused by increasing urbanization. Among other things, the length of the platforms on the lines in Vienna and in the metropolitan area will be increased from 160 to 220 meters in order to serve longer trains. The interval between train departures during peak hours is planned to be reduced to 2 minutes 30 seconds, which will increase the frequency of running from 20 to 26 trains per hour in each direction.

The modernization of stations and lines around Salzburg, Innsbruck and in the central part of Carinthia is envisaged. It is also planned to increase the capacity of the Western line in Linz, the Koralm railway, the Southern railway and the Eastern railway in Styria. € 1 billion has been allocated for upgrading regional routes, including upgrading stations and stops, increasing safety at level crossings and installing new information systems.

Austria plans to electrify 500 km of lines by 2030 in order to meet the target of a climate-neutral rail network by 2035. 8 billion euros have been allocated for the partial implementation of this task.

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