Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU co-financing to improve rail travel between Vienna and Salzburg

Creation date: February 6, 2013

The European Union will provide co-financing of over €12.5 million from the TEN-T Programme for three projects to upgrade key sub-sections of the Austria's Western railway line. The projects are all part of the "Railway axis Paris-Strasbourg-Stuttgart-Wien-Bratislava" (TEN-T Priority Project 17), and will greatly improve rail travel between Vienna and Salzburg.


The projects, which were selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will support the upgrade of three key sub-sections of the railway line between Vienna and Salzburg, helping to alleviate problematic bottlenecks. These upgrades will ultimately increase capacity, speed and frequency of rail traffic on the lines - shortening travelling times, reducing noise pollution and helping to encourage a modal shift to rail.


The first project, which will receive just under €5 million in co-financing, covers works on a sub-section to the west of Amstetten Station. Actions covered include laying the foundations for the works, constructing a road underpass and overpass, and laying the new tracks.


The second project will receive just over €2.5 million in EU funding and covers the upgrade of a sub-section of track between Lambach and Breitenschützing. In addition to laying the new track, the works to be carried out includes hydraulic and civil engineering works, construction of ancillary roads, bridges, platforms and noise protection walls and the installation of signalling equipment.


The final project will receive €5 million of EU co-financing and covers a section in the area of St Pölten. The project involves the construction of a new double track freight line, including foundations, drainage works, noise protection walls and associated roads. The new line will bypass the town of St Pölten before joining up to the existing upgraded high speed line.


The three projects are all set to be completed by the end of 2014.


For more information, please consult the projects' page!









Press Release in German -  .doc (40 KB)