AUSTRIAN infrastructure manager ÖBB Infra submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on June 10 for the planned new line between Vienna Airport and Bruck an der Leitha.

The 26km double-track electrified link will open up new commuting opportunities between central Vienna and the eastern Lower Austria and the northern Burgenland regions, as well as provide direct international connections to the airport from Hungary.

The EIA will now be considered by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), with a decision expected in 2026. Assuming approval is granted, construction is expected to start in 2027, with completion due by 2034.

Plans for the project first emerged in 2015, with a final route agreed in 2021. Part of the line will be underground, with a new underground station to be constructed at Enzersdorf an der Fischa. Once the link is complete, the journey time between Vienna Airport and Bruck an der Leitha is expected to be 15 minutes.

The cost of the project has not been publicised, but the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Framework Plan 2024-29, published last November, allocates a total of €1.88bn to it.

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