The Westbahn Complains Because of ÖBB-Subsidies

People ♦ Published: February 3, 2011; 02:23 ♦ (Vindobona)

In December, the new “Westbahn” (Western Railway) will start competing with the ÖBB (Austrian state railways) which are allegedly being privileged by the government.

The Westbahn Complains Because of ÖBB-Subsidies / Picture: © WESTbahn Management GmbH

The Westbahn company of Strabag’s CEO Hans-Peter Haselsteiner considers itself at a disadvantage because the state competitor receives € 6.3bn in subsidies for "public services". Payments will be effected during the next ten years following the promise by the ÖBB to operate also non-profitable routes. Compensation for free-riding students is also included in the payment.

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