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Investing in the railway system is worthwhile

5 August 2014  •  Author(s): Doris Bures, the Austrian Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology

Doris Bures, the Austrian Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology

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.

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2 responses to “Investing in the railway system is worthwhile”

  1. Rod Hilditch says:

    Previously I implied a smarter person diluted the management of infrastructures where terminals were central to a town or cities generation in the 19th Century and now here we are again hearing from a political officer claiming investment in railways, saying nothing about the infrastructures.
    Infrastructures fixed and liquid must be understood, for instance 70 years ago passengers and freight trains were essential integral commodity, now congestion is far worse, the same should be seriously consider, it has for me a feature long requested and mostly ignored as motor vehicle manufacture was the flavour of the decade.

  2. Rod Hilditch says:

    Since leaving school I have worked in the transport infrastructure sector, now I am considered an expert by many, the EU, EU Governments, India China the USA, in all that time making headway is in your hands, it is slow and like pushing water up a hill. However progress is achieved by transport Infrastructures and Town Planning being part of the solution. The Railway Terminii was created when road congestion of horse drawn and motor driven was past saturation in the 19th Century. In the 20th Century smarter persons than I am split these elements.

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