Plane trees were planted along the avenue de la Liberté in 1915. They may now be removed to make way for the tram.
Photo: Olivier Minaire (archives)
tram threatens trees
RTL reports that the construction of the tram along the avenue de la Liberté could result in the removal of the trees along what was voted the second most impressive avenue in the world in 2014.
RTL does not cite its source, but claims it has information that the trees on both sides of the avenue de la Liberté will be removed when the stretch of tram line between the station and the Hamilius are installed. The ministry for sustainable development and infrastructure has not commented on the rumours, and is waiting to reveal plans for the avenue de la liberté as well as the stretch of tram up until the place de l’Etoile at a press conference on 23 February that it will hold jointly with the Ville de Luxembourg administration.
Meanwhile, LSAP councillor Marc Angel has written to mayor Lydie Polfer and asks in an interview with RTL whether the permanent removal of the trees is absolutely necessary or whether they could be removed and replanted, as the trees that line the Glacis were during the construction of that phase of the tram. Even that operation was criticised by many locals and environmental campaigners, so taking down the trees on the iconic avenue de la Liberté is likely to stir even more anger.