On behalf of the Technical department 18A overall traffic and project planning and in cooperation with the region, verkehrplus created the Regional traffic concept for Upper Styria West, consisting of the political districts Judenburg, Knittelfeld (since 2012 district Murtal) and Murau.

Intention of the Regional traffic concept is the binding categorisation of the state roads L and B and of the public transport axes in road and bus traffic.

Both the structural analysis for the spatial development and the accessiblity analysis show significant disparities regarding the structure of urban development, the demographic and social structure, the social infrastructure, utilities and the economic and tourism structure within the region Upper Styria West. The following trends represent a challenge:

  • Increase of small and smallest municipalities with a maximum of 500 or 1000 inhabitants (forecast horizon 2026: 44 of 72 municipalities)
  • Decrease of population, especially in the small and smallest municipalities
  • Change of age structure towards less pupils and more elderly people
  • Increase of motorisation rate and decrease of population groups using public transport
  • Stable net deficit of jobs
  • Stable social infrastructure and sufficient utilities
  • Under-proportional increase of service workers
  • Increase of tourism (number of overnight stays)

A central challenge for the future is ensuring the access to services of the public especially in areas of weak demand.

The greater region Upper Styria West aims at

  • becoming Austria`s model region for alternative mobility solutions,
  • improving gradually the road condition and
  • establishing an overall Mur valley frequency in public transport, with a maximum transfer time of 15 minutes at the transit points.

The south line (Südbahn) through the Mur valley as part of the connection Wien - Klagenfurth constitutes the main traffic axis of the public transport. The station Unzmarkt is an important railway junction, located at the intersection of the two railway lines south line (Südbahn) and Murtal line (Murtalbahn), the letter continuing to Tamsweg as narrow-gauge railway. The side valleys are mainly made accessible by bus connections, while regional junctions serve as links between the different means of transport. Exemplary extensive accessibility by public transport is available in the central region by the regional bus Aichfeld. In the last years, the transregional cycle path network was significantly expanded because of increasing tourism and environmental considerations in the region. Accessibility of the side valleys, such as the Wölzer valley or the Katschbach valley, is strongly promoted.

The main road traffic axis is formed by the four-lane ASFINAG route S36 from St. Michael to Judenburg, followed by the B317 across the Perchauer Sattel continuing via Neumarkt and Dürnstein as far as the provincial border with Carinthia. Within the region, the connection between Unzmarkt and Murau is very important, too. The main valleys are very easily accessible through the existing and planned major road system. The connections to the side valleys are well solved.

Further information is provided in our Factsheet.

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