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Luxembourg - Articles and news items

Foreword: Providing a firstclass service in the heart of Europe

Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /

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.

Luxembourg: Diversification and collaboration essential for success

Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /

Since its creation in October 2006, CFL cargo has focused development on its strategic position at the heart of Europe. In December of the same year, even before the liberalisation of the European rail freight market, CFL cargo moved beyond the borders of Luxembourg by launching a transport of coils between Florange in France and Bettembourg in Luxembourg. Today, CFL cargo trains run in all directions – north, south, east and west. The action radius of the young rail freight operator from Luxembourg currently extends from Antwerp all the way to Istanbul, from Stockholm to Perpignan and beyond.

Luxembourg’s strong position…

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

Transportation by rail plays a critical role in the economic and social development and is instrumental in sustainable development policy making. It is also a key factor in environmental preservation and in the improvement of the quality of life of citizens. The governmental programme of 2009 foresees concrete measures in order to transform the current rail network into tomorrow’s backbone of public transport in Luxembourg and the Greater Region.

In order to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Luxembourg and to increase overall comfort and safety for all travellers, the Government is developing infrastructures and reorganising public transportation with the objective of achieving a modal split of 25/75 for private motorised traffic versus public transport.

CFL: the railway network in the centre of Europe

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

Strategically placed in the centre of Europe, Luxembourg’s railway network attracts, through the combined efforts of CFL and its freight subsidiaries CFL cargo and CFL Multimodal, important quantities of both passenger and freight traffic. Concerning freight transport, Luxembourg was no stranger to the effects the financial crisis had on the world. By and large, heavy industry transported less products and raw materials throughout the last two years. Still, the CFL freight operators were able to compensate for the losses by recruiting a variety of smaller transport contracts, resulting in more freight trains running on the CFL network.

Securing wagon investments offer diverse freight operations

Issue 2 2009, Past issues / 26 March 2009 /

Gaston Zens, Fleet Manager at CFL cargo, describes CFL’s pan-European freight operations.

A rise in statistics confirms success for Luxembourg

Issue 1 2009, Past issues / 23 January 2009 /

Luxembourg’s Minister of Transport, Lucien Lux, describes how recent statistics show how public railway transport in Luxembourg is going from strength to strength.

A double carriageway between Pétange and Luxembourg

Issue 1 2008, Past issues / 29 January 2008 /

In 2002, the Luxembourg Ministry of Transport collaborated with CFL to work out a public transport strategy called ‘mobilitéit.lu’. The document, or plan, included details about development projects of public transport infrastructure and included in particular plans to develop the existing railway line between Pétange and Luxembourg into a dual carriageway.

Attack is the best form of defence

Issue 1 2007, Past issues / 6 February 2007 /

Operating a small rail network has its moments. Instead of being forced to go after huge parts of the European market to maintain competitiveness and thus being expected to operate a fleet of thousands of locomotives and coaches, a comparatively small railway company, such as CFL, enjoys the luxury of being able to invest into a few select areas, allowing them to micromanage and thus excel in them.

Catching up…

Issue 1 2005, Past issues / 2 March 2005 /

In every recent statistic about wealth and world markets, Luxembourg can be found in the top slot of GDP per capita listings, making Luxembourgers, at least in theory, somewhat wealthy people. As can be expected from this statistic, individual transportation is at an all-time high. This, in combination with Luxembourg’s limited territorial assets, gives our country the problem of over-saturation of public roads. A single road repair on a motorway can lock up traffic around Luxembourg City quite efficiently on work-day mornings and seriously delay commuters.