The EU’s TEN-T Programme will co-finance with over EUR 6 million studies preparing the construction of a new two-track rail line between Linz and Wels and between Salzburg and Steindorf/Straβwalchen in Austria, to increase the capacity of the existing line and improve the efficiency of traffic flows.
The new line between Linz and Wels will also integrate Linz airport, to promote ‘greener’ alternatives to road transport and to improve the travel conditions for both passengers and freight carriers.
The actions are part of a larger project aiming to enable the continuous four-track operation of train services for the connection Salzburg – Vienna. The works which have been partially completed will improve the efficiency of the line for transiting cargo and high-speed passenger trains.
The studies are based on operational simulations showing that an additional two-track line is urgently needed in these rail sections to meet the capacity shortages. They will prepare the Environmental Impact Assessments necessary for the construction phase.
The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Multiannual Call 2013, priority projects. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The project is to be completed by the end of 2015.