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Decision over U5 to be made

Decision to be made soon over U5 in Vienna

A decision to add the much discussed U5 line service to Vienna's U-bahn network could be made in as soon as six months.

For decades the city has been taking vaguely about the need to have a U5 line but Wiener Linien move forward with the decision making process after an opportunity to secure funding from the federal government arose.

The U5 would improve transport for the western region of the city, running over the U6 at either Alserstrasse or Michelbeuern AKH stations, through Rathaus (U2) and onto Karlsplatz.

It would relieve pressure on the 43a, one of the busiest tram lines of the city, which sees 26 million annual passengers, and also the bus route 13a, the most crowded bus in Vienna with approximately 12 million annual passengers. It would also take some of the burden off the U6 line.

It's hoped that if a decision is made this summer or autumn regarding the project, the U5 could be in operation by 2024. Even if financing is not there for the whole project, a reduced budget could see part of the route built up until Alserstrasse.

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