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ÖBB updates on the extension of the Mattigtalbahn: Expansion between Neumarkt am Wallersee and Steindorf near Straßwalchen is completed

ÖBB updates on the extension of the Mattigtalbahn: Expansion between Neumarkt am Wallersee and Steindorf near Straßwalchen is completed
photo: Scheiblecker / ÖBB/ÖBB updates on the extension of the Mattigtalbahn: Expansion between Neumarkt am Wallersee and Steindorf near Straßwalchen is completed
28 / 07 / 2022

Around three years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the modernization push in the northeastern Flachgau region and beyond has been completed: the Neumarkt am Wallersee stop is now the region's transportation hub. To this end, the Mattigtalbahn line was extended from Steindorf near Straßwalchen to Neumarkt am Wallersee and electrified to Friedburg in neighboring Upper Austria. It creates the prerequisite for S-Bahn trains to run on 100% green traction current to Friedburg in the future. All three stations mentioned have been modernized, and the platforms are accessible without barriers. A Park & Ride facility with around 100 parking spaces was added to the services at Friedburg station. A total of two railroad crossings were abandoned, and three were technically secured.

On the occasion of the completion ceremony in Neumarkt am Wallersee, Judith Engel, Member of the Board of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, underlined the importance of the expansion: "Despite the challenging general conditions of the past years, we were able to implement the entire project on schedule. Step by step, all the innovations went into operation by the timetable change last December, and now the work has finally been completed. The Neumarkt am Wallersee transport hub can develop its full effect."

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The effect from Flachgau to Upper Austria

"The expansion is essential because the demand for a good range of public transport services continues to rise. Federal state borders play a subordinate role here," Federal Councilor Ferdinand Tiefnig, who came on behalf of Governor Thomas Stelzer, emphasized the overarching function of the Mattigtalbahn.

Upper Austria's Provincial Councilor Günther Steinkellner commented: "The Upper Austrian Infrastructure Offensive is a comprehensive package of measures to make the rail infrastructure throughout Upper Austria more attractive by modernizing and expanding it. Especially commuters from the Mattig Valley will benefit from this expansion. In a first step, those from the region around Friedburg, but this is only the prelude to the modernization of the entire line, which, in turn, is an important prerequisite for better service in the Mattigtal." 

Particularly the improvements in local transport now have the potential to inspire commuters:inside to switch from road to rail. "The expansion of local public transport in the northeastern catchment area of the provincial capital is another important step in driving forward the mobility turnaround. The increasing traffic volume on Salzburg's roads shows how important it is to continue working consistently in this direction," says Salzburg's Provincial Councilor Stefan Schnöll, setting the direction.

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Communities benefit

But also for the representatives of the communities, the completion is a reason for joy. "Neumarkt has really developed into a regional transport hub with its regional bus terminal, long-distance stop and good parking facilities. The increasing number of public transport commuters proves us right," summarizes Neumarkt's mayor Adi Rieger. 

Straßwalchen's deputy mayor Franz Leikermoser emphasizes another advantage of the expansion in his municipality: "Not only is access to the platform in Steindorf now barrier-free and safe but the safety of all road users has been further increased by the elimination of two railroad crossings and the construction of a road underpass. Looking at the timetable, he adds, "Unfortunately, we have also lost stops at Steindorf station. We are therefore still hoping for an improvement in the future service."

On vacation, Lengau's mayor Erich Rippl sent his greetings via video message: "Persistence has paid off. The Friedburg station, including the new Park & Ride facility, now invites commuters to change trains and makes their daily commute easier."

Figures/data/facts about the project

  • 13,604 meters of the new overhead contact line
  •  8,875 square meters of noise barrier for residents 
  •  5,592 meters of ballasted track superstructure
  •  1,135 square meters of the platform roof 
  •  3,400 cubic meters of concrete (for bridges and passenger passages)
  •  450 tons of reinforcement
  • Investment volume 83.2 million euros (according to outline plan 2022 - 2027)


Source: ÖBB Press Releases