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The Luxembourg-Brussels link will be struggling

If it had been noted, on the Luxembourg side, that the acceleration of the travel time between the two European capitals could not be done before 2030, Belgium officializes that the delays of the project do indeed come from the financial difficulties of the kingdom.

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

If it had been noted, on the Luxembourg side, that the acceleration of the travel time between the two European capitals could not be done before 2030, Belgium officializes that the delays of the project do indeed come from the financial difficulties of the kingdom.

Showered at the end of January by the Grand Duchy, the hope of connecting Luxembourg to Brussels in just over two hours by 2027 is now buried by Belgium. Confirming the remarks made by his counterpart François Bausch (Déi Gréng), the Federal Minister of Mobility indicates that the end of the work to modernize the link between the two European capitals will again fall behind, for “lack of funding”.

In a parliamentary response published on Tuesday, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) indicates that “it is indeed missing hundreds of millions of euros” to be able to carry out a project which started in 2007. If he does not explicitly confirm the figure of 400 million euros advanced by the deputy Josy Arens (CdH), the minister assures however of his will “total to finish the work on time”, without however advancing a new schedule.

In an attempt to unblock the situation, Belgium and Luxembourg launched a distress call to the Commission in January. The two mobility ministers asking the European executive to use the budgetary capacities of the 750 billion euro recovery plan intended to finance projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions within the EU. Because while the renovation of the track and the redesign of its route will benefit passengers, it should also allow the development of piggyback transport on the North Sea-Mediterranean axis.

It is therefore no coincidence that Georges Gilkinet claims to want to “make rail the backbone of mobility in Belgium” and qualifies “as a crucial axis of rail transport (…) both for the transport of passengers and goods. », The 226 kilometers of tracks that link Luxembourg City to Brussels. Asked Wednesday about a possible return from the Commission, the Luxembourg Ministry of Mobility indicates once again “not yet to have had a return”.


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