Luxembourg’s Minister for Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch will be speaking at this year’s SHIFT Mobility conference. We asked him to give us a foretaste of his presentation.
Part 1 of the mobility revolution: talking about alternatives: The mobility transition begins with understanding and clearly conveying that it is primarily about transporting people. The question then arises of how to create the best possible conditions for the most suitable vehicle. Not only the tolerable greenhouse gas and noise emissions are limited resources – so is public space, not only in urban areas but also outside of urban areas. The goal can only be to use these limited resources as efficiently and sustainably as possible in terms of mobility.
Part 2 of the mobility revolution: creating alternatives: We are not just talking about attractive alternatives, but creating them. Do not plan long-distance transport, public transport and cycle paths with the aim of others using them and thus clearing the road for yourself, but rather make the alternatives so attractive that you can hardly wait to change yourself.
We do the same with the railway. In March 2020, we gained worldwide attention when making all public transport free of charge. But that’s not what makes car drivers get on trains. Travelling by train was much cheaper beforehand. We are untangling track interlacing in train stations in order to increase reliability; increasing capacity in the direction of France by doubling the routes; creating transfer parking spaces with our Belgian neighbours; and making a freight train track suitable for passenger trains to Trier. We order the latest rolling stock, extend platforms to 250m, and inform passengers in real time about multimodal routes. We are spending around €450 per inhabitant per year on railway infrastructure, by far the biggest amount in Europe, with “only” roughly twice as high a gross domestic product per inhabitant.
3 September – 1pm – 1:20pm