Foreword: Providing a firstclass service in the heart of Europe
12 February 2014 • Author(s): François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development & Infrastructure, Luxembourg
Since its last elections which took place in October 2013, Luxembourg has a new government and I am very happy to be in charge of Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Mobility. As a matter of fact, sustainable development is a significant factor of the Luxembourgish governmental programme and we will take a close look at how to guarantee the coherence of the different sectors with a view to reach the priorities and objectives fixed among others in the second national plan for sustainable development. This sustainable development is conditioned by an interaction of economic, social, cultural and ecologic dimensions while conciliating the legitimated interests of the present and future generations. The new government will give high priority to the elimination of bottlenecks which currently hamper both professional and recreational mobility. The aim is to give public transport a higher priority. In this respect a local integrated transport strategy called ‘Gentle Mobility’ will be considered which aims to promote walking, cycling and public transport and to limit car use.
The government will also give high priority to the development of the country’s rail network, tramway network, plus all related infrastructures.
Concerning the specific development of the railway network, priority will be given to the construction of the new railway line between Luxembourg City and Bettembourg, thus doubling the capacity of this highly used line which is also part of Rail Freight Corridor 2.