On Location

Westbahn – 4-Track Expansion Linz-Wels

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Relocation of tracks on the HL2 route and integration tracks in the Wels marshalling yard.

Following the site clearance carried out last year, Bahnbau Wels, which is handling this construction project in partnership with a consortium partner, continues the track construction work this year on the Marchtrenk-Wels section.


The challenging track work started in February with the installation of three high-speed auxiliary bridges and the positional displacement of existing switches in the Marchtrenk station. A tight schedule and the fact that the construction work took place on an extremely busy section of the Westbahn route, demanded a lot from the involved teams. The close coordination with the customer ÖBB, coupled with high machine usage and the use of specialised personnel, enabled the company to successfully complete this section of work.


Since the summer months, the new track sections for the HL2 high-performance route are being built, with almost 12 kilometres of tracks involved. Additionally, 30 switches are being relocated in the current construction phase as part of the integration of the Wels marshalling yard. The centrepiece of the new route is the first newly constructed bridge over the highway. Traffic is planned to be directed over this as early as next spring.


Due to the very high train density and the track facilities limited by the reconstruction work, detailed planning and extensive cooperative is key to success. Particularly noteworthy is the constructive coordination of the individual detailed construction phases of all involved trades in collaboration with the project team of the client ÖBB.


For the Linz-Marchtrenk section, there are also positive signals for the potential start of construction work, as the last missing permissions have now been confirmed by the Federal Administrative Court.

Project Westbahn

Location: Linz–Wels, Austria
Assignment: Laying of 12 km of tracks and 30 switches
Client: ÖBB 

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