On Monday 30 January 2023, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch, in the presence of the Mayor of Differdange, Christiane Brassel-Rausch, inaugurated the new Differdange-Niederkorn section of the PC8 cycle path.
The inaugurated section extends over a length of approximately 1.9 kilometres from Parc de la Chiers in Differdange to the centre of Niederkorn. It runs along the railway line between Niederkorn and the Boulevard Emile Krieps/Rue Emile Mark crossroads, then heads towards Parc de la Chiers via the International School of Differdange.
According to Luxembourg's Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, this section is an "essential" element of the cycling network of the south-west region which connects Esch-sur-Alzette, Esch-Belval, Differdange and, in the medium term, Pétange. Until now, cyclists and pedestrians had to pass through Boulevard Emile Krieps and Avenue de la Liberté where there is a lot of motorised traffic, noted the ministry.
As part of the project, a new footbridge (29x3m) was built over the railway line. This replaces an old footbridge which no longer met CFL requirements in terms of free clearance around rolling stock, clarified the ministry.
Minister Bausch stated: "Today, the new section linking Differdange and Niederkorn, part of the PC8, was inaugurated with the aim of extending the national cycling infrastructure. This section makes it possible to rebound cycle tourism and improve the quality of life of citizens in the south of the country. In this context, I would like to thank the municipality of Differdange for this proactive collaboration. So far, we have already completed half of the work for the entire PC8 cycle path."
Work on the new section began in November 2020. The cost of the work amounts to €4.25 million.