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OBB to invest EUR2.13 billion in eight regions in 2021, Austria [free access]

January 9, 2021

Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB), the Austrian Federal Railways, has announced plans to invest EUR2.13 billion in 2021 across its rail networks in eight regions, that is, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Vorarlberg, Carinthia, Styria, Vienna, and Salzburg.


The investments are part of ÖBB’s EUR17.5 billion framework plan for the expansion and modernisation of the country’s rail infrastructure (passenger and freight) between 2021 and 2026. The plan was approved by Austria’s council of ministers in October 2020. The framework outlines investments of around EUR3 billion per year for six years to support ÖBB’s Target Network 2025+ strategy plan.


Of the total, ÖBB will invest EUR265 million in the 878-km-long Upper Austria network; EUR408 million in the 516-km-long Carinthia regional network; EUR530 million in the 792-km-long Styrian regional network; EUR160 million in the 245-km-long Salzburg regional network; EUR700 million for the improvement of rail infrastructure in Austria’s easternmost regions of Vienna, Lower Austria, and Burgenland; EUR66 million for the modernisation of rail infrastructure in Vorarlberg and for the expansion of capacity on the Lustenau–Lauterach line to enable half-hourly S-Bahn services.


(1 EUR [Euro] = 1.22 USD)