Luxembourg’s multi-modal and sustainable mobility solutions
Posted: 10 April 2017 | François Bausch, Luxembourg’s Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure | No comments yet
Because of its geographic location in Europe and its sustained demographic and economic growth, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is facing an increasingly urgent and unique mobility challenge. Exclusively for Intelligent Transport, Luxembourg’s Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, explains that the solution is to invest heavily in a multi-modal and more sustainable approach.
Every day, the country with its 576,000 inhabitants welcomes approximately 176,000 commuters from Germany (43,000), Belgium (43,000), and France (90,000). Jobs continue to be predominantly situated in the capital; 163,000 jobs, of which only 45,000 belong to working residents. In other words, there are four times as many jobs as there are residents able to work: a unique circumstance in Europe. This economic growth as well as this concentration of jobs in the capital have resulted in increased traffic congestion and longer commutes for residents and foreign commuters alike.
The new Luxembourg tram line and multi-modal hubs
In terms of transportation infrastructure, Luxembourg’s road network and public transport system (trains and buses) were, up until now, organised in a very monocentric way, which only aggravated the enormous challenges of mobility. In order to remedy this situation, Luxembourg is investing heavily in a multi-modal and more sustainable approach.
It is the Luxembourg government’s objective to achieve a 25/75 modal split by 2020 in favour of public transport as well as cycling and walking. Therefore, we have planned very important public investments in new infrastructures.
The reorganisation of public transportation towards a polycentric, multi-modal network is thereby a key element. Throughout the country, approximately 20 multi-modal hubs are currently being built1 to enable commuters to easily switch between different modes of transportation. Nine of these multi-modal hubs will be located on the 16km-long track of the future tram1 that will cross the entire urban agglomeration of the capital and thus serve as the backbone of the public transportation network. Another priority of the government is to create a performing network for direct, fast and secure connections by cycling and walking all over the country.
New railway stations and bigger Park & Ride sites
New railway stations are being built on the outskirts of the city centre and bus lines are being reorganised to directly connect to the tram network. The tram line will then link three main railway stations as well as local, regional and trans-border bus lines and Park & Ride sites situated on the
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