Austria, Germany to reopen rail link closed over migrants

Austria and Germany have arranged to reopen a vital rail link that was closed in September to slow the passage of tens of thousands of migrants, Reuters cited Austrian rail operator OeBB as saying, but passengers will have to go through border checks.

A spokesman for OeBB told Reuters a more manageable flow of migrants and better systems in place at the border had made it possible to resume intercity services between the Austrian city of Salzburg and Munich in southern Germany.

As of Friday, trains will run from Budapest and Vienna to Munich, but passengers will still need to change trains in Salzburg, where German officials will carry out checks, OeBB said. Intercity trains now end in Salzburg, forcing travellers to switch to local trains for the onward journey.

"We will have to see how it goes on Friday and whether there are really no serious delays," an OeBB spokesman said of the new system being put in place to ensure services could resume.

Trains to Austria from Munich will run without passengers having to change in Salzburg, OeBB told Reuters.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:32

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