Austrian Railways has reported that 96.6 per cent of its trains run on time and that 98.4 per cent of the short journeys, which include the Vienna’s S-Bahn, deliver passengers to their destination on schedule.

The federal Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) runs 4,300 trains a day of which 4,100 arrive on time.

Part of the railway’s success is attributed to constant maintenance on the lines, especially in winter.

At present ÖBB is investing in Vienna’s new central station (Wein Hauptbahnhof), which will replace the Südbahnhof terminal, and in the remodernisation of the Brenner tunnel to Italy.

Construction on the Hauptbahnhof began in 2007. It should be partially operational in December 2012 and completed in 2015. The Hauptbahnhof will be a through station, rather than a terminal, connecting four major lines through Vienna from north, south, east and west.

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