More HGV traffic in Austria in 2016

ASFINAG’s detailed evaluation by corridors shows that traffic has increased all across in Austria

More HGV traffic in Austria in 2016

Compared to 2015, ASFINAG’s preliminary transport balance for 2016 shows a clear increase on all major transport corridors in Austria. After analysing all counting stations, the calculated average for Austria showed an increase in total traffic by 2.9 percent, and 2.7 percent for light duty vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes). Heavy transport (trucks and buses over 3.5 tonnes) was up 4.8 percent. The total transport volume was 30.6 billion kilometers.

The detailed analysis by corridors shows that traffic has increased all over Austria, thus not only disproportionately in a particular region. Even the 2015 transport balance showed a corresponding increase in Austria in general.

The 2016 balance can be interpreted as a strong signal of the recovering economy in Europe. Almost all corridors show significant increases in individual and truck traffic. The only growth rate below the Austrian average was on corridor 2 (A 12 Inntal motorway).

The traffic growth in percent by corridors / regions (traffic on weekdays):

Corridor 1 Arlberg: A 14 Rheintal motorway, S 16 Arlberg expressway and A 12 Inntal motorway to the Innsbruck intersection: Total increase + 6.3 percent; trucks + 17.2 (due to the Arlbergtunnel ban in 2015, the frequency was higher in 2016)

Corridor 3 Tauern: A 10 Tauern motorway: Total + 2.9 percent; trucks + 4.2 percent

Corridor 4 Pyhrn: A 9 Pyhrn motorway: Total increase + 3.0 percent; trucks + 4.5 percent

Corridor 5 Danube: A 1 West motorway, A 7 Mühlkreis motorway, A 8 Innkreis motorway, A25 Wels motorway and S 33 Krems expressway: Total increase + 3.1 percent; trucks + 4.0 percent

Corridor 6 South: A 2 South motorway, S 6 Semmering expressway, S 35 Brucker expressway and S 36 Murtal expressway: Total increase + 3.8 percent; trucks + 5.6 percent

Greater Vienna: Total increase + 2.0 percent; trucks + 2.9 percent

“These figures clearly show that well-developed highways and expressways are essential – both for individual mobility needs as well as for cargo transport”, said Alois Schedl and Klaus Schierhackl, ASFINAG board members.