The first section of the tramline, between the Red Bridge and Luxexpo, went into service on 10 December 2017; it has eight stops, and two interchanges. So far, the network's managers report very positive results - more than 17,000 passengers use the service daily, whereas the estimate was for just 8,400. And by June 2018, the tram will cross the Red Bridge and serve three new stops: Theater, Faïencerie and Stäreplaz/Etoile.
Work in several stages
At the same time, work on the construction of two kilometres of tramlines between the Place de l'Etoile and the Place de Paris will begin before summer 2018. To ensure that the new stretches blend into the City of Luxembourg's urban space, the tram has no overhead cables; instead, it uses a trickle charging system.
During the first stage of the work, all the underground utilities networks in the Avenue de la Liberté are to be redone. This involves removing some of the 49 plane trees and 23 cherry trees that currently line the avenue.
The new arrangement of the Avenue de la Liberté reinforces the present historical view. The plans include the planting of 76 new large trees. The trees will be planted in tubs, to protect their roots; they will thus be able to develop well and sustainably, and last a long time.
12 new streetcars are to be delivered in 2019. The new stretch is scheduled to open in the second half of 2020.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal / Source: press release by Luxtram.)