Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

The newly re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel plans to waive fares and make the country the first in the world to offer free public transport, the Guardian reports.

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.

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. 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.

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. On average, it's estimated that drivers in Luxembourg City spend an average of 33 hours in traffic in 2017. Although home to around 110, 000 people, the capital witnesses 400,000 commuters coming to the city to work. This summer, the government brought in free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20.

At the start of this month, a number of Ireland's public transport fares changed, with a few of them doing so for the worse.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel promised to prioritise the environment
JACK TAYLOR GETTYLuxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel promised to prioritise the environment

As well as free public transport from 2020, Bettel had also promised to invest more in public services and to legalise recreational use of cannabis.

The policy is yet to be fully thought through, however.

Bettel only just scraped back into government in the recent election.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.


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