Luxembourg to invest €4bn in railway infrastructure
CFL, the state-owned railway network operator in Luxembourg, plans to invest €3,8 billion in the development of rail infrastructure over the next decade.
"The objective is to improve the resilience and capacity of the railway network," minister for infrastructure and sustainable development François Bausch said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Bausch further stated authorities have already allocated €2.1 billion to railway projects between 2008 and 2017.
The extension of the central station in Luxembourg City to include three new tracks comes at the top of Bausch's priority list. The project costs €145 million and is set to be completed by 2021.
The completion of the new line between Luxembourg and Bettembourg –estimated at €292 million, is also advancing as planned and should be completed by 2024.
Progress has equally been been made with the project dedicated to the enlargement of the Luxembourg-Sandweiler-Contern route, which includes the construction of second Pulvermühle viaduct and a double train track – to be completed in 2019.
All these investments in infrastructure will help to address the increasing amount of passengers. According to CFL, the number of train passengers on Luxembourg's railway network rose by 7.6% in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period the year before.
Furthermore, Bausch expects that the ongoing projects will increase the trains punctuality rate. According to CFL, 55% of the delays are mainly due to overloaded transportation infrastructure and 37% to a domino effect on the railway network.
During the summer months, CFL is planning further maintenance or repair work on several routes across the country.