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WESTbahn - Articles and news items

WESTbahn fights for fair open-access conditions in the Austrian rail market

Issue 4 2015 / 6 August 2015 /

Few private rail operators have entered into open-access long-distance travel – incumbents try to keep the monopoly alive, and it seems the way to non-discriminatory integration of all railway companies is difficult. Ever since WESTbahn’s operational launch, the private railway company has been fighting against discrimination in the Austrian open-access market. WESTbahn has contributed significantly in creating an extended public transport network without subsidies, but has had to cope with many obstacles placed by the incumbent ÖBB. Erich Forster, Managing Director of WESTbahn, explains further…

WESTbahn acquires 10 additional Stadler trains

Rail industry news / 13 May 2015 /

Austrian rail operator WESTbahn has announced the acquisition of 10 Stadler KISS EMU trains to supplement its existing fleet.

ERFA advises recent court rulings are not the solution to more railway growth

Rail industry news / 11 February 2015 /

Recent judicial wins by independent rail operators highlight the need for European rail legislation to support a more dynamic and efficient railway sector…

WESTbahn shakes up Austrian market

Issue 4 2013 / 1 August 2013 /

WESTbahn Management GmbH is a private railway company that launched operations in December 2011 offering passenger services between Vienna, Salzburg and Freilassing. We are the first private long-distance railway company in Austria, offering almost hourly intervals. Due to a top speed of 200km/h, the journey time of WESTbahn trains from Vienna to Salzburg is just 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Stadler Rail AG was commissioned to manufacture our trains – the spec was to focus on functional technology, lightweight materials and a service-friendly design that would keep energy and maintenance costs low, with an overall objective to design trains that focused on our customers and their needs. It was therefore important that values are reminiscent of the WESTbahn brand: comfortable, customer-friendly and efficient. This is the reason why we also commissioned Spirit Design – Innovation and Brand GmbH – a creative company for innovations and brand, to actually design the trains.

Each WESTbahn wagon has its own steward or stewardess who guarantees optimal customer service as well as safety for the customer. Barrierfree entrances allow parents with infants and buggies or people with reduced mobility easy access to the trains. We always rank customer satisfaction first. Another benefit is that the toilets are gender-specifically separated and available in each wagon. It was important that the customer perceives all of these advantages through an individual design.

Nokia Siemens Networks to provide broadband for Austrian trains

Rail industry news / 21 June 2011 /

Passengers using WESTbahn’s luxury express trains on the Salzburg-Vienna route will enjoy a superior travel experience…