Major Austrian rail upgrade

By Neill Barston09 December 2014

A major upgrade and refurbishment of Austria’s rail network is being financed with a €600 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The works, which will include improvement of tracks, stations, bridges, signalling and telecommunications equipment, are set to be carried out by ÖBB-Infrastruktur over the next two years.

It also involves a series of electrification works, in addition to the enhancement of level crossings and other safety measures across the rail system. This builds on previous EIB funding for the construction and extension of the 25km St Polten-Loosdorf bypass and Ybbs to Amstetten extension in Austria.

According to the company behind the project, its venture will offer marked improvements to the overall quality of rail service and of safety provisions. The upgrade of the country’s rail network will contribute towards its sustainable transport policies.

It will also enable trains to travel at a higher speed and shorten commuting journeys. This is the first rail refurbishment programme of its kind being financed by the EIB.

Latest News
Profile of ITC keynote speaker Christophe Simoncelli
Simoncelli has spent more than 23 years working with Potain and Manitowoc
Liebherr crawler crane repowers wind farm
The 1000 tonne crane will install ten new 138 metre wide turbines and features a 168 metre lattice boom, a derrick boom and an F2 jib
IRC conference attracts 300 delegates
Ninth IRC equipment rental conference successfully held in Shanghai on 25 October