October 03, 2017

Tyrol and Bavaria to electrify cross-border line

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A joint declaration of intent to electrify the 16km cross-border line from Reutte in Austria to Pfronten-Steinach in Germany was signed on September 29 by Mrs Ingrid Felipe, second deputy of the province of Tyrol, and Bavaria’s interior and transport minister Mr Joachim Hermann.

Under the agreement Tyrol will contribute €10m towards the €14.3m project, with the remainder coming from the Bavarian government. The partners have agreed to seek European Union funding through the Interreg programme, which aims to promote co-operation between regions.

The project is due to be completed in 2020 and will enable the extension of the hourly Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Reutte electric service to Pfronten-Steinach. A through service from Munich to Pfronten-Steinach via is also planned.

“This is a small but symbolic step towards the gradual reduction of the diesel island in the Allgäu,” says Herrmann. “In the medium term we want to extend the electrification to Kempten.”

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