Investing in the railway system is worthwhile
5 August 2014 • Author(s): Doris Bures, the Austrian Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology
The railway system has a tremendous future – if we want to have an economically and environmentally sustainable transport system available to support the ever-increasing mobility of people and goods, then we need to actively promote environmentally-friendly modes of transport, such as the railway system, explains Doris Bures, the Austrian Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology. In the Transport Masterplan, Austria is committed to a policy of making the transport system more socially beneficial, safer, environmentally friendlier and more efficient. This goal can only be achieved through a targeted expansion of the railway infrastructure.
Austria is already today among the best in the EU concerning the utilisation of its railway system. With 274 million passengers in the previous year, which means an average of more than 1,300 kilometres per capita, Austria ranks second in the EU, only just behind France.
Once the development of the major rail corridors has been completed, some 300 million passengers per year should be travelling by train, and 40% of all cargo transport will be carried by rail. In the future, around 9,000 trains per day will be operating in Austria – that’s 2,000 more than today. With a 30% share of cargo transport carried by rail, Austria is today already heading Europe in this respect. In a European comparison, it is a hallmark of the Austrian rail network that we also maintain a tight railway network for cargo transport.