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All public transport to be free in Luxembourg in a world first

06 December 2018, 03:50 | Glen Norman

In 2016 more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country

In 2016 more than 100 million passengers used public transport in the country

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

Luxembourg City, the landlocked country's capital, is home to around 107,000 but sees 400,000 commuters cross its borders every day to work, causing some of the worst congestion in Europe.

Re-elected Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel will make all public transport in his country free from next Summer.

Most people working in the city commute from the neigbouring countries and are set to benefit from the free public transport system.

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Apart from providing free public transport, Bettel's coalition government also intends to legalise cannabis and introduce two new public holidays.

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

Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany.

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

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"I'm not sure if making public transport free here in Luxembourg will take more people out of their cars", he said.

It's hoped that by 2020, all tickets for public transportation will be abolished, leaving no need for fare collection and policing of ticket purchases and a significant reduction in traffic congestion. But details of the plan still require some hashing out as there's yet to be a decision on what to do about the existing first- and second-class compartment on some trains.

Opinion polls before October's poll had indicated that the Christian Social People's party (CSV) - led for 19 years by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker - would end Bettel's five years as prime minister.

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