Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

Luxembourg to make public transport free for all

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

The announcement comes just hours after the swearing in of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel who will form a coalition government with two other parties.

It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work.

Currently, fares are capped at €2 ($AUD3.15) for up to two hours of travel, which in the small European nation covers nearly any journey.

European Union's wealthiest country, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has made history after announcing his plans to make public transport free in 2020. A recent study cited by The Guardian showed that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic snarl-ups in 2016.

The government is also considering legalising cannabis and introducing two new public holidays.

The country as a whole has about 200,000 residents and almost 200,000 people from neighbouring countries cross the border each day to work in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg to make public transport free for all
Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Secondary school students can use free shuttles between their institution and their home.

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

The government, however, has yet to divulge their plans for the first- and second-class compartments on trains.

Other city centres, such as Tallinn in Estonia and France's Dunkirk, already offer free public transport in a bid to reduce congestion.

The move is in keeping with Luxembourg's new transport initiatives. During his election campaign, Bettel also emphasized the importance of environmental protection.

He now holds 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber, with Mr Bettel's Democratic Party gaining 12 seats and the Socialist Workers' Party and Greens achieving 10 and nine seats respectively.

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