Total Reported Cost
6.5 billion EUR
Start of Construction
Planned Completion Date
The "1520mm Broad Gauge-Connection Košice-Vienna" project entails the construction of a 450 km long 1520mm broad gauge railway from Košice through Bratislava to Vienna. Breitspur Planungsgesellschaft mbH, the project company, aims to create a continuous, integrated corridor from China and Russia to Central Europe. The construction is estimated to start in 2024, with the railway being operational by 2033.
Breitspur Planungsgesellschaft mbH is a joint venture between the state rail companies of Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Russia - respectively ÖBB, ŽSR, UZ, and RZD. The founding of the joint venture took place in 2008, with the four partners taking equal 25 % stakes in the company.
On 6 April, 2010 the participating railway corporations and nations signed an agreement that gave the go-ahead to a pre-feasibility study for the Breitspur Planungsgesellschaft project. The study was completed in 2011 and conclusively confirmed the technical and commercial feasibility of the scheme. On the July 5th 2013 the CEOs of the Austrian, Russian, Slovak and Ukrainian Railways signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” concerning the start and financing of next phase of the project.
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