Accelerating infrastructure expansion in Austria
5 August 2014 • Author(s): Franz Bauer, Director of Infrastructure Provision and Member of the Executive Board at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG
ÖBB – Austria’s leading railway enterprise – has for some years now been focussing on accelerating expansion of the infrastructure and has pushed investment to a record level. The result brings high-performance rail corridors with excellent connections to the neighbouring EU States, reduced journey times and modern stations which make rail travel attractive. Franz Bauer, Director of Infrastructure Provision and Member of the Executive Board at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, explains further how Austria is setting new standards in its rail infrastructure and thus emerging as an important transport hub in Europe.
ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG invests €2 billion each year in the expansion and maintenance of the 5,000km of its rail network and thus continues to cater for the mobility demands of a unified Europe. Since the eastern expansion of the EU advanced into the centre of Europe, Austria has needed high-performance rail corridors with excellent connections to its neighbouring States. For this reason, attention has focussed in Austria on developing the main lines into high-performance routes and on modernising the larger railway stations.
A total of four of the nine major traffic corridors of the EU core network pass through Austria. They are among the most important traffic routes through Europe and it is planned to extend them on a trans-European scale by 2030. Construction at high pressure is already in progress on three corridors in Austria.