Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

All public transport to be free in Luxembourg in a world first

Buses in Luxembourg Image Buses trains and trams are set to be free in Luxembourg from next summer
Pablo Mccormick | 06 December, 2018, 15:50

Trains, tram and bus fares will all be lifted from 2020 in the 999 sq mile European nation, under ambitious government proposals.

The plan is part of a fresh environmental drive under the administration of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel after his liberal-led coalition secured a narrow victory in an election in October.

Luxembourg
Image Fares are currently capped at two euros for two hours of travel

Some places around the world offer free transport in a bid to reduce traffic congestion, and in some USA counties the bus system is free, but no other nation has eliminated fares from its entire transport network. Although home to around 110, 000 people, the capital witnesses 400,000 commuters coming to the city to work.

Other than their transport promise, Bettel's new coalition government says it is also considering the legalization of cannabis and the introduction of two new public holidays, including "Europe Day" on May 9.

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A study suggested that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.

The foreign policy of the European Union's wealthiest but second smallest state is unlikely to change much, with Jean Asselborn keeping his post as foreign minister while Pierre Gramegna remains finance minister in the new administration.

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While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, almost 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg. Last summer, the government provided free public transport for every child and young person under 10, while free shuttle services were made available to secondary school children travelling between home and school. On top of that, there's an extremely low far of only €2 (S$3.1) for two hours of travel, which in such a small country covers nearly all journeys.

There are a few issues to be sorted out before fares are abolished, such as what to do about first- and second-class train compartments.

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The CSV, however, lost seats, while the Greens gained three seats.

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