Work on Austria’s Koralm line enters final phase
By the end of next year, ÖBB aims to inaugurate the Koralm line, a new route between Klagenfurt and St. Paul im Lavanttal. With the work now in its final phase, the emphasis will shift to the Bleiburg-Wolfsberg section. The operator warns that there will route closures in the coming months as a result.
The mentioned section will be closed from December 11 through 2 April 2023, followed by a disruption of services between Klagenfurt and Wolfsberg from April through 9 December. To accommodate travellers, ÖBB will include a comprehensive new bus service in its new timetable. The operator will use 20 buses for its rail replacement service.
The disruption are a result of a flurry of planned activities on the Koralm line and two feeder lines, the Lavanttal and the Bleiburger Schleife. ÖBB will be installing overhead lines, signalling, communication systems and electronic interlockings, as well as working on vibration and noise protection.
Other major projects are the construction of the new St. Paul im Lavanttal station and the modernisation of the Jauntal bridge. The latter is being renovated and fitted with a section track and accompanying overhead line. An extensive testing programme will kickoff in mid-2023 before the start of operations towards the end of the year.
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