In July 2017 ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG commissioned ILF Consulting Engineers, together with partners, to provide permit application and EIA design services for the railway project Nordbahn Wien Süßenbrunn–Bernhardsthal in Austria.
With a length of approx. 66 km and two tracks the project forms part of the “Pontebbana Axis” that is classified as an “interoperable high-speed railway line” in the ÖBB network.
By increasing train speeds to 160 km/h it shall become possible to travel from Vienna to Prague in three hours and 45 minutes. Furthermore, non-stop travel time of trains between Vienna and Břeclav shall be reduced to 60 minutes.