“Vienna Main Station will be inaugurated at the end of the week. It is an important project for OBB in providing mobility. To develop railway transport is not just allocating infrastructure and rolling stock investments, but also in paying special attention to staff training, especially since railway transport is seen as the foundation of creating a sustainable transport that would meet future mobility needs”, declared Dipl. Eng. Klaus Riessberger, President UEEIV, during the Railway Days – the Wider Black Sea Area Railway Investment Summit. The event is held on 7 and 8 October 2014 in Bucharest and is organised by Club Feroviar and the Romanian Railway Industry Association (AIF) under the aegis of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) and the Association of European Rail Industry (UNIFE).
Vienna Main Station is a complex project covering a surface of 109 hectares. The railway infrastructure covers 50 hectares. The construction area of the bridges is of 30,000 square meters, with 100 km of new lines built.
The authorities in Vienna gave the green light to the construction of the new station in 2006 and in 2007, the environment impact studies were carried out. Two years after announcing the plan to build the largest construction project of a station in Vienna, construction works were initiated. The success of the project was announced in December 2012: as set in the project plans, at the end of 2012, the citizens of Vienna were able to partially use the Wien Hauptbahnhof Station.
Apart from implementing the station project, 9 bridges have been extended and modernised to provide access to the main station. The project includes the construction of office buildings, a residential district, as well as a park, all due for completion by 2019.
Investments amount to EUR 4 Billion, of which the main station requires funds of EUR 987 Million financed by OBB, the local community, the European financial instruments. The development of the entire project will allow a traffic of 1,000 trains and 145,000 of passengers per day to experience a new superior level in the supply of transport services.