The Luxembourg Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure (MDDI) has responded to complaints concerning the rerouting of buses in Kirchberg to accommodate the new tram network.
Following the complaints of residents concerning the intense bus traffic on Boulevard Konrad Adenauer and the area of the Foire in Kirchberg since December 2017, the Public Transport Department of MDDI, in charge of planning RGTR bus schedules, has announced some planned changes.
The ministerial department stated that, out of respect for residents and in order to improve the traffic on the Boulevard Konrad Adenauer and the Foire area, a number of adaptations will be made that will reduce the number of buses there. Thus, the number of bus journeys will be reduced from about 1,900 to 1,340 per day by June 2018. By 2019, this could potentially drop to 1,100 per day.
In order to achieve this goal, the following measures are foreseen: by April 2018, a first phase of reduction of buses on the Kirchberg plateau is planned, reduced to around 200 daily journeys; by June 2018, the extension of the tram line to Place de l'Etoile (phase II of the tram) will see some of the bus lines coming from the west of the country have their last stop at the Place de l'Etoile bus station, thus reducing an additional 285 journeys a day, and the bus lines 144 and 194 will take a new route on the Kirchberg plateau- an additional reduction of 175 journeys per day.
By 2019, the introduction of the complete Luxexpo bus station will mean that other bus lines will no longer circulate on the Kirchberg plateau- an additional reduction of around 200 daily journeys- and buses will no longer circulate on Rue Carlo Hemmer. Finally, by February 2021, with the extension of the tram line to the main station (phase III), the last bus lines still circulating on the Kirchberg plateau will have a new route and will no longer serve the area.