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ÖBB and the State of Upper Austria Invest EUR 20.1 Million in the Mattigtalbahn: Which Three Stations Will Receive Funding?

ÖBB and the State of Upper Austria Invest EUR 20.1 Million in the Mattigtalbahn: Which Three Stations Will Receive Funding?
photo: ÖBB Press Releases/ÖBB gives go-ahead for Mattighofen station expansion: Judith Engel/Executive Director ÖBB-Infrastruktur (center) , Günther Steinkellner/Infrastruktur-Landesrat OÖ, Daniel Lang/Mayor Mattighofen (from left).
09 / 05 / 2022

The ÖBB is investing EUR 20.1 million in the reconstruction of the 40-kilometer-long Mattigtalbahn with the financial support of the state of Upper Austria. Three stations on the route are to be completed by 2023.It includes the Munderfing, Mattighofen, and Mauerkirchen stations, where new electronic interlockings were installed last year, laying the groundwork for the state-of-the-art safety technology introduction.

"With the parallel conversion of the three stations, switching to the climate-friendly ÖBB will become even more attractive. We are building barrier-free platforms and installing modern information systems and weatherproof waiting areas. The existing station buildings are being slightly adapted," says Judith Engel, Member of the Management Board of ÖBB-Infrastruktur. "In addition, railroad crossings are being modernized or abandoned, thus increasing road safety. The highlight of the infrastructure offensive on the Mattigtalbahn is the planned electrification of the line, an important contribution to climate protection and the decarbonization strategy of the federal government."

Daniel Lang, Mayor of Mattighofen is pleased that the next phase of railroad modernization is starting: "Our station will get a new central platform with a photovoltaic roof, and new bicycle and moped stands. The railroad crossings Harlochnerstraße L1041 and Braunauerstraße B147 will be secured with electronic barrier systems."

Sabine Breckner, Vice Mayor of Mauerkirchen: "Our train station is being made more attractive for citizens, commuters, and students. The main aim is to increase the feel-good factor and make their stay and waiting times as pleasant as possible. The aim is to convince even more people in Mauerkirchen and the surrounding area to leave their cars behind and use public transport regularly."

The overall modernization of the Mattigtalbahn is to be carried out in several stages, including extending the Braunau am Innen - Steindorf line near Strasswalchen to Neumarkt am Wallersee, new electronic signal boxes, and modifications to the stations. Among other things, the modernization or elimination of railway crossings will result in a significant renewal of the line and the rail customers.

"To provide the population with more comfortable, safe, and climate-friendly rail travel, we are making sustainable investments in rail infrastructure in line with the agreed Upper Austrian infrastructure offensive," says Upper Austria's Infrastructure Provincial Councilor Günther Steinkellner. "The station conversions in the Mattig Valley are another milestone for modern transport connections and affordable mobility in the region."

According to a press release from the ÖBB, once the conversion is complete, passengers will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Barrier-free boarding thanks to a new central platform (elevated level)
  • New information systems show departures/arrivals always in real-time (monitors and loudspeakers)
  • Covered waiting piers protect from the weather
  • New track and switch systems increase passenger comfort
  • Electronically controlled barriers increase safety at railroad crossings for all road users.

"The Mattigtalbahn is an important infrastructure for our community, which is why I very much welcome the station expansion, the automation of the barriers, and subsequently the electrification. It is an important investment in public transport," says Martin Voggenberger, Mayor of Munderfing.

Construction work is expected to take place during the day from Monday to Friday, as usual.

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