Austria launches federal transport plan

The Austrian government issued a transport plan on Friday aimed at "increasing the country's competitiveness in a sustainable way". The strategy envisages expanding road links with Austria's neighbours, modernising the railways, shifting freight from road to rail and making more use of the Danube river. It also reiterates the government's intention to introduce road charging for lorries from 2003. Transport NGO Transitforum described the package as "the wrong approach. ...New infrastructure will cause more traffic and more environmental problems. What we need is less traffic". See Austrian transport ministry and Transitforum.

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