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ÖBB infrastructure package for Salzburg: EUR 200 million for fit stations. Here's what you might find exciting!

ÖBB infrastructure package for Salzburg: EUR 200 million for fit stations. Here's what you might find exciting!
photo: Land Salzburg-Franz Neumayr/ÖBB/ÖBB infrastructure package for Salzburg: EUR 200 million for fit stations. Here's what you might find exciting!
21 / 06 / 2022

The rail infrastructure in the province of Salzburg is to be made fit for a climate-friendly future. With two basic agreements, ÖBB, together with the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and the Province of Salzburg, is creating the conditions for shifting more of Salzburg's traffic to rail in the future. In the agreements, the project partners agree on the financing of a high-performance rail infrastructure on the one hand and noise abatement measures on rail lines on the other.

Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler: "ÖBB is the backbone of public transport in Austria and thus also in the province of Salzburg. We want to provide more connection options with other climate-friendly modes of transport and expand links with cycling and walking. To this end, investments in an attractive and strong rail infrastructure lay the foundation. We have put together a trend-setting bundle of measures to promote the modal shift in society toward environmental transport both regionally and locally."

"In addition to an inexpensive ticket offer and good intervals, comfort in public transport plays a key role for all passengers. Together with ÖBB, we are therefore investing in the further development of a climate-friendly regional and local transport service, which should above all meet the needs of the people of Salzburg. In the future, the stations and stops are to become multimodal interfaces with an expanded range of mobility services, which should make it easier for commuters to cover the last mile. This massively upgrades Salzburg's transport system as a whole and also creates added value and employment in the state," emphasizes Transport Provincial Councillor Stefan Schnöll.

"With this Salzburg infrastructure offensive, we are getting visible modernization underway throughout the entire province. With our investments, we are making the rail system ready for the increasing mobility needs of Salzburgers. This will bring not only a more efficient, but also a more climate- and customer-friendly railroad operation," ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä is pleased to say. "We are experiencing a transport and energy turnaround. Rail travel is booming. There is a constructive climate in Salzburg for construction measures to improve the rail infrastructure."

The measures:

Developing stations into multimodal nodes

At the heart of the basic agreement for ÖBB infrastructure measures is the step-by-step modernization of transport stations along the Western, Tauern, Enns Valley and Inner Alpine lines. The total investment sum for this amounts to 200 million euros, to which the state of Salzburg will contribute around 50 million euros.

In concrete terms, 34 regional stations will become much more attractive and even more customer-friendly by 2030. To this end, park & ride facilities will be newly built or expanded at around half of the stations. Provision will also be made for an electromobility charging infrastructure. Thanks to good connection options with other public transport systems, on foot, by bike or possible micro transport, the stations are suitable for serving passengers as multimodal mobility hubs in the future. ÖBB will develop the implementation of the projects in close coordination with the province of Salzburg and the local and neighbouring communities.

"We have taken stock of the situation and can implement the results in a customized manner for each station or stop," Matthä says, explaining the project. "The planned upgrades are an important building block for efficient, on-time and reliable mass transit." This part of the agreement covers the modernization of the majority of ÖBB's infrastructure facilities in Salzburg. For example, platforms at many transport stations are to be converted to be barrier-free and equipped with digital passenger information systems or weather-protected.

Studies to make local transport services more attractive

The agreement also includes the joint preparation of studies. The results of these studies are intended to provide the basis for the precise development of infrastructural packages of measures - line extensions and stations. The aim is to meet the requirements of an attractive local and regional transport service as well as future transport services in the best possible way.

Safety at railroad crossings

Safety at railroad crossings in the province of Salzburg is also a common and important concern. The agreement aims to reduce the number of railroad crossings using abandonments and replacement measures in this regard. In a proven manner, this is done in a cooperative process with the affected communities.

Reinvestment in noise abatement

The second agreement in principle deals with the rehabilitation of noise barriers along railroad lines: The noise barriers built at the beginning of the 1990s are getting on in years and need to be replaced. The agreement lays down the principles of financing to modernize the noise protection that is in place to ensure a good quality of life for the population. Durable materials are to be used in the process.

ÖBB in the province of Salzburg
Customers of the railroad in Salzburg have an ecologically sustainable offer at their disposal. The 249-kilometre route network in Salzburg is fully electrified and is operated with a 100% green traction current. 59 stations and stops in Salzburg are the gateway for customers to this environmentally-friendly mobility. In the financing period from 2022 to 2027, according to the framework plan, the sum of 704 million euros is available for ÖBB in the province of Salzburg (framework plan for Austria as a whole: 18.2 billion euros in investments from 2022 to 2027).

With the construction of the Tauernmoos pumped storage power plant as an extension of the existing Stubachtal power plant group, ÖBB is further expanding its own production of green traction power from hydropower. Every fifth train on the ÖBB route network will thus run on electrical energy from the Stubachtal.

In the financing period from 2022 to 2027, around 700 million euros will be invested in the rail infrastructure in the province of Salzburg by the ÖBB framework plan (framework plan for Austria as a whole: 18.2 billion euros in investments from 2022 to 2027).

Overview of station modernization

ÖBB

Western line (Linz - Salzburg)

  • Straßwalchen 
  • Neumarkt am Wallersee 
  • Köstendorf Weng 
  • Wallersee 
  • Seekirchen on Lake Wallersee 
  • "Seekirchen South" - new building 
  • Eugendorf 


Tauern line (Salzburg - Schwarzach - Bad Gastein)

  • Elsbethen 
  • Hallein 
  • Hallein-Burgfried 
  • Kuchl 
  • Golling-Abtenau 
  • Tenneck 
  • Werfen 
  • Pfarrwerfen 
  • Bischofshofen 
  • Mitterberghütten 
  • St. Johann in Pongau 
  • Schwarzach-St. Veit 
  • Dorfgastein 
  • Bad Hofgastein 
  • Bad Gastein

Ennstal line (Bischofshofen - Stainach/Irdning)

  • Pöham 
  • Hüttau village - Neubau 
  • Niederfritz-St. Martin 
  • Eben in the Pongau 
  • Altenmarkt in Pongau 
  • Radstadt 
  • Mandling

 

Source: ÖBB Press Releases

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