Luxembourg: transport infrastructure will be lovely … once it’s finished!

We have the perfect spring transport storm for some of you: trains, roads, trams and back to the office 2 days a week[1]. The infrastructure work is ongoing all over but the benefits will not be felt for a while. Let’s start with cross-border travel.

Firstly France: work on the A3, the main France-Luxembourg road, has just started this week and is set to last for 5 years in total, so in early 2027, all going well, drivers can reap the benefit of the time and money invested to upgrade this road to a 3-lane motorway in each direction.  Note also the increasing price of fuel. If you’re planning to use the train [2] for travel to and from France in the meantime, please first check out the planned works on lines 10, 60, 70 and 90 (it might be clearer here to say ‘every line except line 30 (Germany-Luxembourg)‘! Note that disruption timetables are available up until the beginning of May only).

For Belgium the train upgrade will take longer and disruption is ongoing: standard work on Line 50 (Arlon-Luxembourg section) is scheduled for weekends and weekdays and the long-standing promise to reduce the journey time by train from Luxembourg-Brussels to 2 hours by 2030 (down from the current fastest time for a direct train: 2 hours 58 minutes) continues to exist on paper only. Yes, that is a long time to wait, we know. In the meantime the European Parliament shuttle bus is an option for those able to plan ahead.

For Germany, it looks like there’s nothing planned … yet! CFL Line 30 appears to be ‘business as usual’. Please let us know if you’re aware of anything and we’ll add it here!

And now onto travel within Luxembourg, yes, all public transport is free: the first time this has ever been done anywhere, but the significant infrastructure works are ongoing within Luxembourg City itself too. No one escapes the construction work: it is everywhere! Those of you who drive or cycle, update your GPS![3]

Our colleagues in the Publications Office (MER) had their patience tested further last week: not only do they currently have no canteen, continue to be surrounded by building works and continue to have difficulty accessing the car park, but the 28.02.2022  discovery of a Second World War explosive by those working on the tram line necessitated the stopping of all traffic (trains and road) and the evacuation of part of the Gare neighbourhood, including the Publications Office! After this brief pause, the tram works are now back to normal and progressing with Section C (2 stops: Gare centrale-Lycée de Bonnevoie) set to be opened to the public in September 2022, leaving just sections D (5 stops) and E (2 stops) outstanding, estimated to be finished in 2024.

So, it might be faster and easier to get around the city itself by bike, though we are aware of how fragile laptops can be and can understand if this proposition makes you nervous. Those of you taking your laptop by bike already, what works best? Rucksack, pannier bag, basket or something else? On the plus side, you could maybe participate in the May-July Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff and/or Velomai! While the service bikes are still available, they must be returned to the building they came from: so no one-way journeys: there’s no escaping those hills! For those of you keen to travel by bike in one direction only or just wanting a bit of assistance with the hills, why not make use of the Commission’s free access to the electric city bikes (‘Vel’OH!’)[4] And anyone who thinking of purchasing a new bike (bio or electric) you have until  31 March 2022 to apply for the state subsidy.

If you have any information or ideas on how to get around easier or how to avoid the disruption please let us know and we’ll add it here!

[1] Teleworking guidelines (15th edition), note that this is pro rata for part-time staff, so if you work 50% then you are required to be in the office 1 day per week only: check out footnote 3 within the guidelines. Also, if you prefer to do 4 x 0.5 days then that is also an option.

[2] Note that Luxembourg central station is halfway through its extension project with end date 2024. So the station itself is also under construction.

[3] Also note that the Parking des Martyrs ‘Rousegaertchen’ was not reopened after the 2019 fire.

[4] Requested via the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Luxembourg (OIL) (normally this costs €18 for an annual subscription). Check out the Vel’OH! station network.

1 thought on “Luxembourg: transport infrastructure will be lovely … once it’s finished!

  1. I carry my laptop in a bagpack, the newer one that I have has a cushioned department specially designed for laptops. It is by VAUDE, a sustainable brand, but for sure there are other brands as well.

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