The EU is spending € 6m to help finance a study on the construction of new rail lines in Austria.
The funding comes from the EU’s TEN-T Programme (link is external) and will help prepare environmental impact assessments for the lines, which will run between Linz and Wels, and Salzburg and Steindorf/Straβwalchen.
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 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. 
Original author: Alexia