On multiple tracks into the future

By Christian BlockLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The new government will also have to invest heavily to ensure that Luxembourg does not suffocate in traffic in the future. A concept is already in place in the form of the National Mobility Plan 2035. However, the executive should already be looking beyond this.

Free local public transport, a growing tram network, the ongoing expansion of the A3 motorway or the main railway station or even the reform of the RGTR intercity bus system: when it comes to mobility, the government constellation of the past ten years can certainly not be accused of inactivity – even if not always to everyone's satisfaction.

But the challenge remains great. According to the national mobility plan (PNM 2035), assuming continued population growth, the country will have to cope with 800,000 additional journeys per day by 2035. This corresponds to a total of 2.8 million movements on foot, by bike, car, bus or train per day. Above all, however, more people need to be persuaded to switch to public or active means of mobility. Otherwise, there is a risk of traffic collapse.

The PNM 2035 has a number of answers. The new government seems to want to stick to this roadmap. But does it even have the money to do so?

This article aims to provide an overview of the major mobility construction sites and, in order not to burst at the seams, to limit itself to the projects currently being planned and implemented in the south-west of the country (roughly between Pétange/Käerjeng and Dudelange/Bettembourg). At the same time, the article is intended to complete the context that makes a reorganisation of the T.I.C.E. bus network necessary (see below).

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