An OBB freight train

ÖBB’s financial injection in Upper Austria: what is in it for freight?

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ÖBB is investing 265 million euros in railway infrastructure in the Federal State of Upper Austria this year. The Austrian railway company is focussing on additional capacity, fit and safe rail routes and attractive train stations for passengers. What is in it for freight?

In Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), one of the nine Federal States or Bundesländer of Austria, ÖBB operates a route network of 878 kilometers as well as 211 train stations and stops. By investing in infrastructure, the company wants to increase capacity and modernise the facilities. This should instigate a shift to rail.

Pyhrn route

Many of the routes that are to be expanded are for passenger traffic. However, on the Pyhrn route, the increase is especially significant for freight. To this end, the Pyhrn line, which takes to the more centrally located Pyhrn Pass, will be a double track.

Currently, the line is already doubled in track for 20 of the approximately 100-kilometer. In 2021, the environmental impact assessment for the next double-track expansion section between Hinterstoder and Pießling-Vorderstoder will be planned.

Linz’s Stadthafen marshalling yard

The marshalling yard ‘Linz Vbf. Stadthafen’, a central cargo handling point in the industrial area of the Upper Austria capital Linz, has been extensively modernised since 2019 and will go into operation this year. The station has been electrified and this year it will be connected directly to Linz Central Station by an additional track.

In the future, electrically powered freight trains coming from the west will be able to drive directly to the Stadthafen marshalling yard and save time and effort from switching from electric to diesel locomotives. This makes rail even more attractive for regional and international transport services. The project is supported by Linz Service GmbH / Port Division.

In 2021, ÖBB will also invest in the marshalling yards in Wels and Linz in order to be prepared for the freight traffic of the future and to contribute to the modal shift of goods from road to rail.

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Author: Esther Geerts

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