The changes come after the ministry received a number of complaints of congestion from residents
There will be 560 fewer regional buses driving through Kirchberg by June 2018 and 800 fewer by 2019, according to the government.
In a press statement published on Monday, the infrastructure ministry announced plans to reduce the number of buses along boulevard Konrad Adenauer. The changes come after the ministry received a number of complaints of congestion from residents on the Kirchberg plateau.
The ministry analysed bus frequency on this section. “Until the tram is extended to place de l’Etoile, many of the lines must continue on this route in order to guarantee connections with the city centre and train station or Strassen,” the statement read. The ministry said that keeping some lines operational was essential because it allows bus users to change lines at Luxexpo while also reducing traffic flows.
However, it will roll out piecemeal adaptations over the coming months so that by June 2018, the number of buses passing along this area will be reduced from 1,900 to 1,340. By 2019, this number will be reduced to 1,100 per day.
This, the ministry says, will be achieved in the short term by making Luxexpo bus station the end of the line for certain lines and by making a bus terminus for some lines at place de l’Etoile, where passengers will be able to board the tram. Lines 144 and 194 will be rerouted along the Kirchberg plateau. In 2019, meanwhile, Luxexpo will be the main bus station and no RGTR lines will serve the Kirchberg plateau.
By February 2021, the tram line will hve been extended to the station, so any remaining RGTR bus lines still operating in Kirchberg will be rerouted and will no longer serve that district.