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Fit for the Koralm Railway: ÖBB announces that the Rebuilt Puntigam Station goes into operation

Fit for the Koralm Railway: ÖBB announces that the Rebuilt Puntigam Station goes into operation
photo: Chris Zenz / ÖBB/Fit for the Koralm Railway: ÖBB announces that the Rebuilt Puntigam Station goes into operation
22 / 07 / 2022

The Puntigam station was rebuilt over about 18 months - during ongoing rail operations to keep restrictions to a minimum. The work was necessitated by the Koralm Railway construction in the home stretch. In the future, there will not only be two additional platforms here but with the new Koralm Railway between Graz and Klagenfurt, there will also be significantly more passengers who can travel in an environmentally friendly, fast and comfortable way. For this reason, a second island platform with a length of 220 meters was built. In addition, overhead lines were adapted, and a new staircase, including an elevator, was installed. As a result, Puntigam station is now 100 per cent barrier-free - like all stops along the future Koralm Railway.

ÖBB project manager Klaus Schneider: "The conversion of Puntigam station was meticulously timed into the work on the Koralm Railway. In this final phase of the mega project, it also means a logistical challenge. Every station, every track, every cable is part of a complex system that in sum means sustainable mobility for many generations."

Transport Officer and Deputy Governor Anton Lang: "The reconstruction of Puntigam station is another milestone of the Koralm Railway - one of the most important infrastructure projects in the country. The region and many connections along the entire southern route will benefit enormously. Every step there is an important step. And passengers are already benefiting from another modern transport station in the state capital."

ÖBB / Chris Zenz

Councillor Manfred Eber: "With the Koralm Railway, Graz is once again gaining in importance as a hub. It is welcome that the smaller stops along the line are also being modernized so that even more travellers and commuters will be able to discover the advantages of the railroad for themselves. Puntigam station is also an important piece of the puzzle for the S-Bahn network in Graz, which is to be expanded even further in the future."

The Koralm Railway at a glance

One hundred thirty kilometres of new track, including 47 kilometres of tunnels, over 100 bridges and 23 modern stations and stops: The Koralm Railway between Graz and Klagenfurt is part of the new southern route and one of the most vital infrastructure projects in Europe. Its centrepiece is the 33-kilometre Koralm Tunnel. Once completed, the fastest connection between the provincial capitals will be shortened to just 45 minutes.

Koralm Railway Infobox Feldkirchen

For those interested, a special Koralm Railway Infobox has been set up next to the construction site in the area of Graz Airport. The multimedia exhibition is freely accessible and conveys technical details and regional peculiarities of the project of the century. The local traffic concept and construction progress are also presented here throughout. Opening hours and locations of all Koralmbahn Infoboxes are available at oebb.at/koralmbahn.

 

Source: ÖBB Press Releases

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