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PHOTO: St. Georgen an der Gusen station in Luftenberg shines in new splendour

PHOTO: St. Georgen an der Gusen station in Luftenberg shines in new splendour
photo: Zolles / ÖBB/PHOTO: St. Georgen an der Gusen station in Luftenberg shines in new splendour
21 / 08 / 2022

For more than a year, the railway station St. Georgen an der Gusen in Luftenberg was bored and hammered. In total, about 11.6 million euros were invested by ÖBB and the province of Upper Austria. But the wait and the efforts were worth it, and the result speaks for itself: today, the comprehensively modernised St. Georgen an der Gusen railway station in Luftenberg shines in new splendour.

On the occasion of the completion of construction, the new station was officially opened by Provincial Councillor Günther Steinkellner, Mayor Hilde Prandner and Hubert Hager, ÖBB Division Manager for New Construction/Expansion.

"A modern, barrier-free railway infrastructure is a prerequisite for the attractiveness of public transport. Here at St. Georgen an der Gusen station in Luftenberg, passengers will be able to feel even more at ease in the future, board and alight trains more comfortably and find information even more easily. In this way, we are all making an important contribution to the change in transport for a climate-friendly future," says Hubert Hager, ÖBB division manager for new construction/expansion projects.

"We are pleased that the station has been significantly upgraded by the investments. The entire area shines in new splendour. The renovated waiting room looks friendly and bright. An improvement for both those who commute to work or school every day and those who like to travel by bike and train in their free time," emphasises Hilde Prandner, Mayor of Luftenberg.

ÖBB / Zolles

Modernisation of railway stations is part of the Upper Austrian infrastructure offensive

"The Upper Austrian infrastructure offensive is a comprehensive package of measures to make the railway infrastructure throughout Upper Austria more attractive. To provide passengers between Linz and Summerau with safe and climate-friendly rail journeys, extensive and sustainable investments have been made in the approximately 61-kilometre-long Summerau line since 2017. Another important piece of the puzzle joins the list of completions: We are pleased to welcome the comprehensively modernised St. Georgen an der Gusen station to the railway network," says Infrastructure Provincial Councillor Günther Steinkellner.

Extensive modernisation measures

  • The existing station building could be retained due to its good structural fabric and thermally renovated. New technical rooms were installed and the waiting room was redesigned.
  • New platform: A new platform was built. Barrier-free access was provided via the adapted passenger passage and the new lift. A new waiting bunk with modern equipment was built on the platform itself. The ticket vending machine is located under the roof of the island platform and is protected from the weather.
  • Tracks: The railway facilities were renewed, and the tracks were adapted to the new location and optimised. A total of around 2.15 km of new tracks and five new points were laid.
  • The railway drainage system was completely rebuilt (drainage, pipe crossings, shafts) and brought up to the current state of the art.
  • In the course of the integration into the operations control centre (OCC) in Linz, almost the entire reconstruction area was rewired.
  • Bus/car park/Park&Ride areas remain unchanged.

Making the Summerauer line more attractive

The approximately 61-kilometre-long railway line between Linz and Summerau is a vital connection for both commuters and leisure travellers. Since 2017, ÖBB and the province of Upper Austria have been consistently pursuing their station offensive on the Summerauerbahn and redesigning stations and stops to convince even more people to switch to the environmentally friendly railway in the future. According to the framework plan, from 2022 to 2027, a total of around 70.6 million euros will be invested in making the line more attractive.

ÖBB / Zolles

The stations Kefermarkt, Pulgarn, Gaisbach-Wartberg, St. Georgen a. d. Gusen Ort, Steyregg, Katsdorf, Lungitz and now St. Georgen an der Gusen in Luftenberg have already been extensively modernised. The Lasberg-St. Oswald's stop will follow shortly. The conversion of Freistadt station, which is already underway, will be completed in 2023. The reconstruction of Summerau station is also already in the planning stage: the start of construction is scheduled for mid-2023.

Modern technology

A modern railway operation needs not only up-to-date stations and stops but a state-of-the-art railway infrastructure. The conversion is, therefore, also a technology and safety initiative: with the electronic signal boxes in Lungitz and Gaisbach-Wartberg, which were built in the course of the upgrading, the Linz - Kefermarkt section of the line has state-of-the-art safety technology. When the line closure ends on 21 August 2022, St. Georgen an der Gusen station will also be remotely controllable from the Linz operations control centre. It means that points and signals can be controlled electronically. Reliable, automatic operational processes increase safety and quality at the same time.

 

Source: ÖBB Press Releases

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