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More than third of Luxembourg children go to school by car

by BB 07.12.2017 From our online archive
Transport Minister says number of students travelling by car 'real problem' for morning rush-hour traffic
Seventy-three percent of commuters travel by car to work (Guy Jallay)

More than one-third of Luxembourg children go to school by car, according to a major survey issued by the government.

Some 39% of schoolchildren travel to school by car, while 38% take public transport and 21% walk.

Transport Minister François Bausch said the number of students travelling by car was a "real problem" for morning rush-hour traffic in the Grand-Duchy.

"It is necessary to remedy [the problem] by a change of mentality, an increase in the public transport on offer, the construction of cycle and pedestrian routes and by a possible shift of the school hours so that these do not fall during peak traffic," said Bausch.

Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies gave the go-ahead on Thursday for the opening of a petition to push the start of the school day forward an hour in a bid to reduce morning rush-hour traffic.

The mobility survey also found that private cars were the primary means of travel to work, used by 73% of respondents, followed by public transport at only 19%.

In total, 69% of journeys were taken by car, 17% by public transport, 12% by walking and 2% by bike. 

The mobility survey, which had a response rate of 26-30%, took place between February and June 2017.

About 40,000 households in Luxembourg were contacted and 45,000 cross-border workers.