ÖBB promises a solution – for months: diesel locomotives have been running on the stand for hours


Ban on cars, politically tolerated on the ÖBB: At the Jedlersdorf train station in Vienna, locomotives with running diesel engines stand for hours on the stand, directly in front of residential buildings. Residents have long complained about noise pollution and are exposed to unnecessary emissions. Now the railway promises solutions.

The “Krone” already pointed out the problem last year. Almost nothing has improved, residents report. At the Jedlersdorf station there is still a noise and ecological madness. (Avoiding) locomotives stand in front of the residential complex for hours with the engine running. The drivers get out, pause or do something else. The residents are bothered by the noise, which goes far beyond the normal noise of freight trains.

Juicy nice if you let the car run on the stand
“It’s unbearable,” complains one tenant. “It’s like this several times a week.” It is also an environmental disaster. In the case of cars – although they consume much less at idle than locomotives (see image below) – this is prohibited. If you leave your motorcycle running unnecessarily in the parking lot, you can expect hefty fines (usually 100 to 200 euros).

Different rules apply to the railway. The engines of the wagons should be heated or cooled before and after the ride, explains ÖBB spokeswoman Julia Krutzler. And: “We take feedback from residents very seriously.”

New software and hybrid locomotives should help
What happens now? The Cityjets are getting new software. “The noise pollution from these trains drops to almost zero,” says Krutzler. But city jets are not the problem here in Floridsdorf.

Vienna FPÖ leader Dominik Nepp: “It cannot be that people in residential areas continue to be exposed to this madness of noise and emissions. The federal government and the city of Vienna want to reduce CO2 consumption, but cannot do such excesses stop.”

The Blues will raise the issue with the Environment Minister through the Parliamentary Club after an initiative in Vienna’s city council was thwarted. The ÖBB also promise a willingness to improve. They now want to purchase hybrid locomotives to reduce the burden. However, when the residents start to feel something, it is open.

Source: Krone


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