Luxembourg to make public transport FREE for everyone across the whole country

Luxembourg to make public transport FREE for everyone across the whole country

The re-elected coalition government of liberal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said "free public transport will be introduced in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg's territory" from early 2020.

Currently, commuters only have to pay €2 (about P120) for up to two hours of travel, the report stated.

Mr Bettel was sworn in for a second term on Wednesday, having promised to prioritise environmental issues.

Opinion polls before October's poll had indicated that the Christian Social People's party (CSV) - led for 19 years by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker - would end Bettel's five years as prime minister.

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.

Students in secondary schools also have shuttles which ferry them from home to school and back for free.

In a bid to ease the pressure on the country's road network, all public transport tickets will be abolished from summer 2019. For example, a decision still needs to be taken on what to do with first- and second-class compartments on trains. In a country of only 999 square miles, this covers nearly all journeys, The Guardian noted.

The national transport system now costs around €1billion to operate, yet fares only amount to €30million annually, The Independent reports.

Other than their transport promise, Bettel's new coalition government says it is also considering the legalization of cannabis and the introduction of two new public holidays, including "Europe Day" on May 9.

Part of the cost of eliminating public transport fares will be covered by removing a tax break for commuters.

However, because the Greens gained, the three parties in government have 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.