Rail passengers between Luxembourg and Brussels could get good news soon
Photo: Benjamin Champenois
Brussels quicker by train
Reports in the media suggest that train journey times between Luxembourg and Brussels could be cut to just two hours.
Radio 100,7 spoke with infrastructure and sustainability minister François Bausch after the opening of the Gotthard rail tunnel in Switzerland on Wednesday. The new tunnel is the longest rail tunnel in the world.
As part of his visit to the opening ceremony, Bausch spoke with Belgian transport minister François Bellot, Swiss transport, environment, energy and communications minister Doris Leuthard, and representatives of the Swiss railways.
Belgium and Switzerland have been in the process of discussing a rail link between Brussels and Basel for some years, but previous reports have suggested the route would not be financially viable--even if it were to include stops in Luxembourg and Strasbourg. But now it seems the idea is back on the table and 100,7 reports that it will be on the agenda when the governments of Luxembourg and Belgium meet in July. Bausch said that discussions are only just being relaunched, but that he would like to see a new cost study carried out.
The route would be operated by Pendolinotrains, which are currently built in France using the original Italian technology that allows trains to tilt when travelling at speed around curves on the track.