Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg to be first country to introduce free public transport

Luxembourg is set make all of its public transport free in a world first, it has emerged.

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. Though only 100,000 people live there, an additional 400,000 commute into the city for work.

Currently, fares are all capped at a low level of €2 for up to two hours of travel, which covers nearly any journey in the small nation - which is about the same size as Oxfordshire. Children and young people under the age of 20 already travel for free and many qualify for an annual mPass, which costs €150.

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.

A study suggested drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.

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

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A free shuttle service is provided for secondary school students between their homes and school and earlier this year free transport was introduced for under 20s.

The move is also aimed at reducing traffic congestion by encouraging the use of public transport instead of private cars.

Around 200,000 others cross the border to Germany, France and Belgium daily.

The finer details of the proposal are still to be determined - including what to do about first and second-class carriages on trains.

Asides the free public transport pledge, the new government is also considering legalising cannabis and introducing two new public holidays.

The CSV, however, lost seats, while the Greens gained three seats.

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