Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 6, 2018

Grand Duchy Prime Minister Xavier Bettel introduced the plan yesterday, December 5, when he took office for his second term, as reported by The Guardian on the same day.

The move, which is scheduled to come as a major relief to Luxembourgers during next summer, shall witness fares lifted on trains, trams and buses, The Guardian reported.

Bettel's Democratic Party, the Socialist Workers Party (LSAP) and the Greens, who have together ruled the Grand Duchy since 2013 signed a new accord until 2023 on Monday and settled ministerial posts on Tuesday.

It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work. A recent study cited by The Guardian showed that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic snarl-ups in 2016.

Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany.

Currently, fares are capped at €2 for anything up to two hours of travel, which covers most journeys in the 2,585 km² nation. This summer, the government introduced free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20.

There is already free transport for under 20s while secondary school students can use free shuttles between schools and their homes.

It's understood abolishing all public transport fares will save the government money on the collection and processing of fares.

The new government coalition only just scraped through with 31 out of 60 seats in Chamber which might present a challenge when it comes to passing new, out-of-the-box policies and legislation.

The policy of the new government that has caused the most debate, however, has been that of legalising the purchase, possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational use.

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