Gone for more than 50 years in Luxembourg, the tramway made its reappearance in the Luxembourg capital at the end of 2017.
Its commissioning has brought many changes to the public transport system in Luxembourg City, particularly between the Kirchberg district and the railway station. With the extension of the line and its future branches, the tramway continues to revolutionize transportation in and around the Luxembourg capital.
Luxexpo – Station tramway link
Tramway stops served
At present, the tramway serves Avenue JF Kennedy from the LuxExpo exhibition center at Rond Point Serra to the Central Station.
The first section put into service in 2017 brought about a real revolution in Luxembourg’s public transport system by serving the entire Kirchberg district, all the way to the Pont Rouge.
The T1 tramway line serves 8 stops in the Kirchberg district:
- “Luxexpo”, event center and privileged space for numerous exhibitions and fairs. Connection with bus lines and P+R parking
- “Alphonse Weicker” in front of the Auchan shopping center and close to the Kinepolis cinema,
- “National Library”,
- “Coque”, to serve the sports and cultural center of Coque,
- “European Parliament”,
- “Rout Bréck – Pafendall” at the other end of the Kirchberg to serve the Pfaffenthal district , thanks to the connection with the funicular.
Put into service at the end of July 2018, the second section provided service to the Theater, Faïencerie and Stäreplatz/Etoile stops at Limpertsberg and Belair.
- “Theater”: service from the Glacis square to the Limpertsberg and the Grand Theatre
These 2 stops serve the Schueberfouer. During the Schueberfouer, the tramway runs later (1:30 am) to allow access to visitors.
- “Stäreplatz / Etoile
The third section, which was opened at the end of 2020, connects the Place de l’Etoile with the Central Station via the Place de Paris. Stops served are :
- “Hamilius” serving the Hamilius shopping center and bus interchange,
- “Place de Metz” beyond the Adolphe Bridge
- “Paräisser Plaz / Place de Paris” in the station area
- “Central Station”
The tramway offers extended traffic hours. The tramway runs every day, including public holidays, from 5 a.m. to midnight at the latest, depending on the direction of travel.
The travel time from the LuxExpo stop to the Place de l’Etoile is 16 to 17 minutes.
In the direction LuxExpo – Gare Centrale, the first streetcar runs from 4:30 am until 12:05 am. On Sunday, the first train starts at 5:15 am.
In the direction Central Station – LuxExpo, the first streetcar starts at 4:58 a.m. until 00:40 a.m. from Monday to Saturday. The first departure takes place on Sunday at 5:43 am.
The intervals between each train are 4 to 15 minutes depending on the time of day.
Development of the tramway line to link Findel and Cloche d’Or
Future tramway route in Luxembourg
Work is currently underway to extend the T1 tramway line beyond its current service. Eventually, the T1 will serve Findel on the one hand and Cloche d’Or on the other.
These extensions are scheduled to be in service by September 2022 for the following stops
- ”Leschte Steiwer”
- ”Lycée Bonnevoie”
in the direction of Cloche d’Or. In 2023, the end of the route to the Cloche d’Or district towards the Gasperich district will be put into service, with 7 new stations, including the Howald and Lycée français Vauban.
In the other direction, the tramway line will be extended from Luxexpo to Findel andLuxembourg Airport . Two new stations are planned on this 3.9 km route from the Fair circuit:
- “Heienhaff” with construction of a new P+R parking lot
- “Findel Terminal”.
This extension is part of the Urban Development Plan around the airport.
Frequency of tramway trains
In the central part of the line, a tramway train every 3 minutes is planned in the stations between the Lycée de Bonnevoie and Luxexpo.
The 2 outer sections towards the Cloche d’Or and the Findel will benefit from a train every 6 minutes. Travel times are expected to be 40 minutes to connect the entire line between Findel Airport and the Cloche d’Or terminus.
What’s next? Mobility Plan 2035
The new mobility plan unveiled shows a tramway with many branches beyond the Line T1 currently in service. These are expected to be operational in 2035.
These new lines will serve interchange districts,
Better access from Kirchberg to Hollerich
The K2 line will double the service to the Kirchberg district on the Boulevard Adenauer axis between LuxExpo and the train station, and then branch off to the Hollerich district. This line should be operational in 2028.
Bouillon line, western interchange
A new line should allow for a tranway connection between the Bouillon Parking and the CHL via the Route d’Arlon to a new P+R West. This project is also part of the redevelopment of the Place de l’Etoile to create a new living space.
Fast tramway Luxembourg- Esch sur Alzette
A new high-speed streetcar is also planned between the Cloche d’Or district and the city of Esch-sur-Alzette. Users will be able to travel at 100km/h and reach the 2 cities in less than 14 km with a stop in Leudelange to serve the industrial zone.
This service will make it possible to reach Belvaux au Findel in less than an hour.
This new tramway line will be accompanied by a bicycle route and improvements to the corresponding highways, including the creation of a carpooling lane during rush hour and a bus lane.
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