Train travelers throughout Austria are experiencing significant disruptions due to technical problems with internal IT systems, according to a recent announcement by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) on Twitter. The disruptions have resulted in the cancellation of approximately 150 trains, including 30 long-distance connections.
The exact cause of the technical problems has not been disclosed, but ÖBB has assured passengers that there have been no failures of safety-relevant systems for operation. The company’s technicians are currently working to address the issues, but the duration of the disruption is currently unknown.
“We understand that these disruptions are incredibly frustrating for our passengers, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” said an ÖBB spokesperson. “We are doing everything we can to resolve the issues as quickly as possible.”
In the meantime, passengers are advised to check for updates on their connections and to consider alternative travel arrangements where necessary. ÖBB has also recommended that passengers switch to subsequent trains whenever possible.
The disruptions are having a significant impact on travel throughout Austria, with many passengers expressing frustration on social media. “I’ve been waiting at the station for hours, and there’s still no sign of my train,” said one traveler. “This is completely unacceptable.”
Others have expressed sympathy for the workers at ÖBB who are working to resolve the issues. “I know it’s not their fault, and I appreciate that they’re doing everything they can to fix the problem,” said another passenger.
The disruptions come at a difficult time for travelers, as many are already dealing with the challenges of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. ÖBB has urged passengers to be patient and understanding as they work to resolve the issues.
“We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, and we want to assure our passengers that we are doing everything we can to get them to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible,” said the ÖBB spokesperson. “We appreciate their patience and understanding during this challenging time.”