Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg Will Make All Public Transport Free by 2020

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In a bid to do away with its traffic woes and keep up with its promises of social welfare, the Xavier Bettel-led government in Luxembourg has made a decision to provide free public transport to commuters.

Currently, commuters pay just £1.78 for two hours of travel - but even this low fare will be scrapped under the plan.

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.

Part of the cost for the initiative will be footed by removing a tax break for commuters.

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Over the summer, free transport was introduced for every child and young person under the age of 20.

High school students are also provided with free shuttle services between school and their homes. On average, it's estimated that drivers in Luxembourg City spend an average of 33 hours in traffic in 2017.

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.

Luxembourg's capital is home to about 110,000 people while a further 400,000 commute into the city to work daily.

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Around 110,000 people live there but another 400,000 commute in for work every day, while almost 200,000 cross the border from neighbouring France, Belgium and Germany.

Luxembourg has increasingly shown a progressive attitude to transport. The two-time prime minister promised voters that environmental concerns would be of paramount importance while he remained in office, The Guardian reported.

The new government had also pledged to legalize cannabis, a matter that has sparked public debate. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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