AUSTRIAN Transport Minister Monika Forstinger has approved an initial grant of Sch600m towards the development of an S-Bahn network in Salzburg. A further Sch150m will come from the local authority towards the first stage of the Sch3bn scheme originally agreed in 1998.

A start of work is expected shortly on the initial phase, which will see upgrading of ÖBB’s main line south towards Innsbruck as far as Golling. Existing stations will be refurbished, and 10 new stations built between Schwabenwirtsbrücke and Kuchl-Jadorf. ÖBB is expected to allocate some of its new Talent EMUs to the service (RG 5.01 p282). n