The first country in the world to make all public transport free

06 Décembre, 2018, 15:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel speaks to the press as he arrives at a special meeting of the European Council in Brussels

However, a new coalition government is taking office in the Grand Duchy - promising the abolishment of train, tram and bus tickets next summer.

Bettel, whose Democratic party will form a government with the left-wing Socialist Workers' party and the Greens, had vowed to prioritise the environment during the recent election campaign.

In a bid to do away with its traffic woes and keep up with its promises of social welfare, the Xavier Bettel-led government in Luxembourg has made a decision to provide free public transport to commuters.

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.

The transport policy was formulated in response to the traffic congestion being experienced in landlocked Luxembourg.

It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work.

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The newly elected government in Luxemborg has promised to offer free public transport beginning next summer.

Traffic congestion is a major problem in Luxembourg, which receives approximately 170,000 cross-border commuters from neighboring France, Belgium and Germany on a daily basis.

Currently, commuters only have to pay €2 (about P120) for up to two hours of travel, the report stated.

Secondary school students are also provided free shuttle services between their places of study and homes.

Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.

The Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party.

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