Luxembourg City council has approved the multi-million euro funding of a tram line with construction expected to start in 2015.
The € 345.78m project, which received a majority backing from the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies, will be led by LuxTram, a contracting authority created in 2007 to plan the construction of the infrastructure and the operation of the tram.
The central government will contribute € 230.52m to the project, with the city providing € 115.26m. The funds will be used to conduct studies, construct infrastructure and a depot in the north east of the city, and procure rolling stock
The initial section will extend 6.4 km from the city's main railway station and Place de l'Étoile in the city centre to the LuxExpo exhibition centre in the district of Kirchberg, covering 14 stations. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2017 at an investment of about €230.5 m. The operating cost of the line is estimated at € 18m per year.
A survey of Luxembourg residents in autumn 2013 showed that the majority (70 per cent) were in favour of a tram in Luxembourg City. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believed the city should make more use of public transport.
For more information, visit the LuxTram website (in French or German).