This country to have free public transport for all

Train at the Luxembourg railway station. The re-elected coalition government has promised to lift fares on trains trams and buses

Train at the Luxembourg railway station. The re-elected coalition government has promised to lift fares on trains trams and buses

Fares will be lifted next summer under the recently re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel.

Bettel, who took office for a second term on Wednesday, made environmental protection a key part of his election campaign.

The country's capital Luxembourg City, suffers from chronic traffic congestion despite being home to just 110,000.

In a bid to do away with its traffic woes and keep up with its promises of social welfare, the Xavier Bettel-led government in Luxembourg has chose to provide free public transport to commuters.

Most people working in the city commute from the neigbouring countries and are set to benefit from the free public transport system. A recent study cited by The Guardian showed that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic snarl-ups in 2016.

Some 400,000 commuters flock to the city for work while 200,000 from neighbouring cross the border France, Germany and Belgium every day.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel promised to prioritise the environment
JACK TAYLOR GETTYLuxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel promised to prioritise the environment

Aside from free public transport, Bettel's coalition government seeks to legalize the purchase, possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational use, as per the publication.

Currently, fares are all capped at a low level of €2 for up to two hours of travel, which covers nearly any journey in the small nation - which is about the same size as Oxfordshire.

Children and young people under the age of 20 already ride free on public buses, trams and trains in Luxembourg, thanks to a policy change introduced by Bettel's government earlier this year.

Secondary school students can use free shuttles between their institution and their home.

The Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party.

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