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ÖBB Provides Mobility for Fans at the Hahnenkamm Races for the 25th Time

ÖBB Provides Mobility for Fans at the Hahnenkamm Races for the 25th Time
photo: Holleis / ÖBB/ÖBB Provides Mobility for Fans at the Hahnenkamm Races for the 25th Time
19 / 01 / 2023

From 20 to 22 January 2023, ÖBB, as the reliable mobility partner of the Kitzbühel Ski Club, will let the rails glow at the 83rd Hahnenkamm Races. Around 76,000 additional seats will be available for fans on the race weekend. On the Kirchberg in Tirol - Kitzbühel - St. Johann in Tirol route, the tried and tested Hahnenkammexpress shuttles free of charge and at regular intervals. The Kitzbühel-Hahnenkamm stop is near the finish area.

"On the piste, the bases and edges of the racing skis are glowing as much as ÖBB's rails on the coming race weekend." The Hahnenkamm races are undoubtedly the most spectacular and attractive on the World Cup circuit. When the world's best ski racers are competing for hundredths on snow on the notorious Streif with a gradient of up to 85%, and on the Ganslern slope, there is also a lot of activity on the rails. On the Hahnenkamm weekend, the rails, switches, signals and platforms around Kitzbühel are also trimmed to top performance to offer the thousands of fans optimal arrival and return conditions.

On rails for the 25th time on behalf of the Kitzbühel Ski Club

This year, for the 25th time, ÖBB is implementing the mobility concept with the densest train timetable of the year on behalf of the organisers, the Kitzbühel Ski Club. The ingenious "Hahnenkammexpress" system with free shuttle trains on the approximately 20 km long railway line with six ÖBB stations between Kirchberg in Tirol - Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm and St. Johann in Tirol is the backbone for the journey to and from the races. Along the railway line, the organiser will provide official and free Hahnenkamm large car parking spaces in Oberndorf in Tirol (coming from Salzburg/Munich) and Kirchberg in Tirol (coming from Innsbruck) to enable a convenient transfer to the ÖBB Hahnenkamm Express. The shuttle trains will take the fans almost directly to the finish area - at peak times, the trains will run at eight to ten-minute intervals and thus virtually at underground speed.

More trains - more seats and the stop almost directly in the finish area, public travel recommended.

"On the race weekend (Friday to Sunday), we offer around 340 train stops at the Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm stop. That's around 170 additional stops. Logistically a challenge, but with our tried and tested concept, we will implement this again this year to the satisfaction of the fans and the organiser," says Operations Manager Martin Holleis from ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb. In addition, the S-Bahn trains will be running at double capacity throughout the weekend, which means 400 seats per train instead of 200. The regional express trains will be reinforced with additional carriages to be able to take more fans. With around 340 stops, the ÖBB station Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm will become a veritable central station for racing fans on the race weekend. "On the race weekend, around 76,000 additional seats will be put on rails for the fans. It means there is sufficient capacity available, but we ask the fans to use earlier trains, such as the REX at 08:12 from Wörgl main station, if possible, to get to the races. In addition, all regional express (REX) trains stop at the Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm stop during the race weekend, which is also a great advantage for the fans. The sophisticated guidance system and on-site security staff will ensure that fans get to the races safely. Due to the increased deployment of train attendants, great importance is attached to customer satisfaction and safety during the train journey," explains project manager Markus Moser from ÖBB-Personenverkehr Tirol. ÖBB and organiser KSC recommend travelling by public transport. All information about the trains can be found in the ÖBB online timetable.

An unbeatable argument for travelling by ÖBB trains is the ideal location of the "Kitzbühel-Hahnenkamm" stop. When the train arrives, the finish slope is already in sight and can be reached from the platform in just a few minutes on foot. The modern guidance system with oversized signs in yellow signal colour as well as the ÖBB customer guides ensures easy orientation of the fans at the stop. The complete train control is carried out by the modern operations control centre (BFZ) in Innsbruck. On-site, the specially established ÖBB operations control in Kitzbühel Hahnenkamm, in close coordination with the organiser and the executive, supports the processes at this major event to ensure smooth mobility for the fans.

Source: ÖBB Press Releases