On 13 December 2015, in cooperation with Verkehrsverbund Ostregion (VOR), ÖBB implemented the most extensive timetable change for the eastern region in 25 years, thereby realising a further phase of the Austrian country-wide interval schedule. With this change, the trains and busses in the eastern region are now much better coordinated than before. This ensures quick connections, for example via the new transportation hub Vienna Central Station and Vienna Meidling. When such a large change is realised, there are, of course, always further opportunities for improvement. This is why ÖBB and VOR continued to analyse the passengers’ wishes on an on-going basis after introducing the new timetable. Certain optimisations resulting from these surveys have already been implemented. On 8 February, ÖBB will now be making a lot of commuters’ wishes come true.
Additional connections, adjusted departure times
From 13 February onwards, ÖBB will, at its own expense, introduce fast early connections (requiring no change of trains) between Vienna West and Amstetten on Saturdays and Sundays, allowing passengers working on the weekends to get to work faster. In addition to this, the number of seats in several REX200 trains will be increased considerably. In Burgenland, the main focus is on an improvement of the train departure times in order to accommodate the needs of students. In addition to this, the number of seats in certain trains is also increased. Significantly more regional trains will now be stopping in Kaiserebersdorf. In the area served by the Southern Line and the Northwest Line, additional early morning and evening connections are introduced. On the Aspangbahn, trains will stop in Sautern-Schiltern and Pitten again, and further adjustments are made to the Kamptalbahn, the Traisentalbahn and the Rudolfsbahn.
During the past few weeks, comprehensive repairs were required on the trains running on the S-Bahn Lines S2 and S7. Because of this, fewer trains and therefore also fewer seats were available on the S2 and the S7. ÖBB stepped up its maintenance work significantly in order to once again offer its passengers a higher degree of comfort.
Below, you will find all relevant adjustments for the eastern region.
Vienna-Amstetten-Vienna: Fast early connections, even on the weekends
- Commuter request: Fast early connections between Vienna West and Amstetten, requiring no change of trains, should also be made available on Saturdays and Sundays.
Implementation: From 13 February onwards, ÖBB will be offering an additional new early train on the route Vienna West - Amstetten. REX 1912 will be running daily between Vienna West (departing at 7:20 a.m.) via St. Pölten (arriving at 7:53 a.m.) to Amstetten (arriving at 8:55 a.m.).
- Commuter request: The early connection from Amstetten to St. Pölten should be extended to Vienna West.
Implementation: From 13 February onwards, REX 1901 will be operating daily between Amstetten (departing at 4:12 a.m.) and Vienna West (arriving at 5:40 a.m.), replacing REX 1931 which is currently in operation only between Amstetten (departing at 4:12 a.m.) and St. Pölten (arriving at 5:00 a.m.).
- Commuter request: The number of seats in the REX 200 trains should be increased.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, 132 additional seats will be available from Monday through Friday on the REX 200 trains 1900 (departing from Vienna West at 3:20 p.m.), 1922 (departing from St. Pölten at 4:05 p.m.) and 1903 (departing from Amstetten at 4:42). On the weekends, the trains offer 336 additional seats.
Stress on S-Bahn S7 to Vienna Airport is reduced
- Commuter request: Less train failures and unscheduled short trains on the S7.
Implementation: The trains on the S7 Line are currently being consecutively refurbished at the workshops, so that more trains and therefore also more seats will be available during rush hours.
Stress on S2 is relieved
- Commuter request: Less train failures and unscheduled short trains on the S2.
Implementation: The trains on the S2 Line are currently being consecutively refurbished at the workshops, so that more trains and therefore also more seats will be available during rush hours.
Aspangbahn: Stops in Sautern-Schiltern and Pitten
- Commuter request: Trains should again stop in Sautern-Schiltern and Pitten.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, regional train 2712 will again be stopping in Sautern-Schiltern and Pitten. The train will be departing from Sautern-Schiltern at 6:34 a.m. and from Pitten at 6:38 a.m. In consequence, the train will be departing earlier between Aspang and Seebenstein.
- Commuter request: In Wiener Neustadt, a connection to Vienna Central Station should be secured.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, REX 2914 will be departing from Wiener Neustadt at 8:02 a.m., offering a connection for passengers arriving on REX 2722 from Friedberg (arrival in Wiener Neustadt at 7:57 a.m.).
Southern Line: new weekend connections
- Commuter request: There should also be a connection between Payerbach-Reichenau and Vienna Meidling on the weekends.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, ÖBB will be offering a new train from Payerbach-Reichenau (departing at 4:56 a.m.) to Wiener Neustadt. There, passengers can change trains and take the R 2204 to Vienna Meidling (arriving at 6:12 a.m.).
- Commuter request: On the weekends, the rapid transit line from Vienna Meidling should run all the way to Payerbach-Reichenau.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, the rapid transit line departing from Vienna Meidling at 1:09 a.m. will continue past Wiener Neustadt to Payerbach-Reichenau on the weekends (arriving at 2:41 a.m.).
Northwest Line: new connections
- Commuter request: On Saturdays, there should be an early morning connection from Retz to Vienna Floridsdorf.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, train 2209 will also offer an accelerated rapid connection between Retz (departing at 5:10 a.m.) and Wien Floridsdorf (arriving at 6:17 a.m.) on Saturdays. Therefore, an accelerated early connection to Vienna is also available on Saturdays.
- Commuter request: There should be an evening connection in the direction of Retz for the stops Ober Olberndorf, Höbersdorf, Schönborn-Mallebarn and Breitenwaida.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, evening train R 2270 from Vienna Meidling (departing at 11:15 p.m.) to Retz will be stopping at all stops between Stockerau and Retz and will therefore also be stopping in Ober Olberndorf, Höbersdorf, Schönborn-Mallebarn and Breitenwaida. The new arrival time in Retz will therefore be 12:50 a.m. (previously: 12:43 a.m.).
Kamptalbahn: additional early connection Horn - St. Pölten
- Commuter request: Train R 6002 should leave Horn 4 minutes later.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, train R 6002 (Sigmundsherberg - St. Pölten) will be operating 4 minutes later on the route section Horn - Gars-Thunau. The result is that travel times are shorter by up to 4 minutes. New timing: Departure from Horn: 4:45 a.m.; arrival in Gars: 5:02 a.m. - other than this, the timetable for this train remains unchanged.
- Commuter request: There should be an additional early connection from Horn to St. Pölten.
Implementation: In the future, train R 6004 (currently departing from Gars-Thunau at 5:24 a.m. and arriving in St. Pölten at 6:55 a.m.) will be departing from Horn. This offers an additional early connection from Horn (departing at 5:07 a.m.) to St. Pölten.
Traisentalbahn/Leobersdorf Bahn: two-hour intervals between St. Pölten and Hainfeld on Sundays
- Commuter request: The trains R 6614 (departing from St. Pölten at 12:05 p.m., arriving in Hainfeld at 12:52 p.m.) and R 6615 (departing from Hainfeld at 1:09 p.m., arriving in St. Pölten at 1:55 p.m.) should also operate on Sundays.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, the trains R 6614 (departing from St. Pölten at 12:05 p.m., arriving in Hainfeld at 12:52 p.m.) and R 6615 (departing from Hainfeld at 1:09 p.m., arriving in St. Pölten at 1:55 p.m.) will be operating daily, i.e. also on Sundays. With this, ÖBB will also be offering two-hour intervals on this route on Sundays and holidays.
Rudolfsbahn: On-demand stops become planned stops
- Commuter request: Train R 3774 should be operated with a barrier-free Talent train.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, train R 3774 (departing from Amstetten at 8:05 p.m.) will be operated with a barrier-free Talent train daily, except for Saturdays and ahead of holidays.
- Commuter request: Train R 3778 should not only stop on demand in Greinsfurth, Kröllendorf, Rosenau/Ybbs, Sonntagberg and Böhlerwerk and should run daily.
Implementation: From 8 February onwards, train R 3778 (departing from Amstetten at 9:05 p.m.) will be running daily, and the current on-demand stops become planned stops. With this, the travel time increases by 2 minutes.