The Linz regional light rail has recently been on everyone’s lips because of the disputes between the state and the city surrounding the planning in the area of the state capital (we have reported several times).
But something is also happening outside of this controversial section of the route. The state and the Upper Austrian rail project team recently invited the mayors and heads of those Mühlviertel municipalities that lie along the planned S7 line to an information meeting.
State Transport Councilor Günther Steinkellner (FP) and the planners gave an insight into the current status of the said section towards Gallneukirchen and Pregarten. The aim of the preliminary project is to start in 2024, with a central goal being the development of the exact route in terms of position and height.
At the meeting, Steinkellner once again emphasized the potential of the “project of the century” light rail and announced that he would maintain a close exchange with community representatives along the new line. It is important to pull together: “Only through a fast and high-performance rail connection that is independent of road traffic can we create real relief for the many thousands of commuters and close the gap that has been demanded for decades.”
Reduction of the corridor
Johannes Matzinger, Mayor of Unterweitersdorf (VP), welcomed the fact that the planned plans would reduce the free corridor for the light rail to the extent actually required; there are currently no companies settling in the joint operational development area with Wartberg/Aist due to the current width of the corridor more is possible.
However, the decisive factor for the planned extension from the JKU up to the Mühlviertel is an agreement for the Linz section, and Gallneukirchen’s mayor Sepp Wall-Strasser (SP) is not the only one hoping for this. He emphasized that the people of Gallneukirchen have been campaigning for such a rail connection for more than 20 years.
The Linz section in question is now a matter for the boss, and the first “constructive” one-on-one conversation between Governor Thomas Stelzer (VP) and Linz Mayor Klaus Luger (SP) is soon to be followed by another one.
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