The BB, Austrian state railways, has ordered 23 new Railjet express trains from Siemens-Sparte Transportation Systems at a cost of 244 million. Reaching speeds of up to 230 kph, the new trains will cut travel time, making the railways more competitive in relation to air travel. The BB predicts that the Vienna-Innsbruck train journey will take less than four hours, rather than the current five-six hours, while travel time from Vienna to Salzburg will be reduced from three to just over two hours. 50 million have also been put towards 11 new ICE Inter-City Express trains, co-financed by the German railways, to be used on the Vienna-Frankfurt line. The new trains will be introduced in 2008.
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