All public transport to be free in Luxembourg in a world first

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The proposal aims to reduce traffic congestion, as despite being a country of just 999 square miles, Luxembourg City suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.

Luxembourg is set to abolish all fares on public transport across the country, the Independent reports.

The Grand Duchy's new coalition government has pledged to scrap tickets on all trains, buses and trams - a move which should come into effect by the summer of 2019.

It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work.

To the benefit of its people, Luxembourg has adopted a progressive attitude in addressing transportation.

"I'm not sure if making public transport free here in Luxembourg will take more people out of their cars", he said.

The new administration is also considering introducing two new public holidays and legalising cannabis - the latter policy has caused much debate in the country.

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And for older Luxembourgers, commuters get two hours of travel for just €2 ($2.27).

High school students are also provided with free shuttle services between school and their homes.

A study suggested drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.

The government, however, has yet to divulge their plans for the first- and second-class compartments on trains.

Mr Bettel only narrowly renewed his five-year premiership by a one-seat majority in the October election.

The Christian Social People's Party (CSV) - which was led for 19 years by European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker - remained the largest party in parliament, but lost seats, as did the LSAP and the Democratic Party. It now holds 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber-12 for Bettel's Democratic Party, 10 for the Socialist Workers' Party and nine for the Greens.

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