Luxembourg's railway authority, the CFL, has announced new train timetables for the year 2020.
The CFL timetable, which traditionally changes for the coming year during the second weekend of December, will change from this Sunday 15 December 2019.
The major changes in the new 2020 timetable include the extension of the Luxembourg Gare and changes to lines 10, 30 (improved service between Luxembourg and Trier) and 90 on the national and cross-border network, as well as changes to the TGV 9877 line which will now run to the new train station in Marseille, France.
Track 11, along with platform 5, will be put into service at the same time as the new timetable. The construction of this platform forms part of the extension project of the station which foresees the creation of two new platforms and four tracks, aimed at relieving the station of traffic and dissociating the lines.
Track 10 will be put back into service and from 15 December, the new temporary pedestrian bridge, spanning the future railways to connect the new platform 5 to the Bonnevoie Bypass, will be opened. Access to platform 5 will also be possible from the south and north entrances of the station, extended for this purpose. This project, which will be finalised in its entirety in 2024-2025, is aimed at increasing the flexibility of the Gare, through the creation of dedicated tracks per line and to accommodate high capacity trains.
Line 10 (Luxembourg – Troisvierges – Gouvy)
Timetables between Kautenbach and Wiltz on line 10 will be adapted by 15 minutes from 14:00, Mondays to Fridays, to enable customers to better reach the connections. A new 10/60 cross connection will be created between Pétange - Esch-sur-Alzette - Dommeldange. This line will serve the Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg railway stop, where an additional train per hour will stop every day from Monday to Saturday, to and from Pétange. In total, five trains per hour and in each direction will travel to the railway station from Monday to Friday and four on Saturday. On Sunday, two trains per hour and in each direction will stop there in the morning, whilst three will stop in the afternoon. At peak times, the current offer thus remains the same, whilst off-peak times will benefit from one additional train per hour. Following this reorganisation, the 10/70 (Longwy - Dommeldange) cross connection trains currently serving this Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg stop at rush hours from Monday to Friday will be limited to the Longwy - Luxembourg route.
Line 30 (Luxembourg – Wasserbillig – Trier)
In addition to the existing timetable connection by "RE" train, a new direct service will be set up between Luxembourg and Wittlich via the Trier station. The following stations and stops will be served once per hour and in each direction: Luxembourg, Cents-Hamm, Sandweiler-Contern, Oetrange, Munsbach, Roodt, Betzdorf, Wecker, Manternach, Wasserbillig, Igel, Kreuz-Konz, Trier-Süd, Trier Hbf, Pfalzel, Ehrang, Ehrang-Ort, Quint, Schweich, Föhren, Hetzerath, Sehlem, Salmtal and Wittlich Hbf. Consequently, each Luxembourg stop will be served at least twice an hour, from Monday to Saturday. In light of these changes, the "RB" trains from Wasserbillig will no longer continue to Pétange and vice versa.
In the long run, trains to Wittlich instead of Trier Hbf will take the revived "Weststrecke". From the autumn of 2024, stops will be served west of Trier, namely Zewen, Euren, Trier-West, Pallien and Trier-Hafenstraße.
Line 90 (Luxembourg – Nancy)
While waiting for the equipment of additional European Train Control System (ETCS) rolling stock, commuters on certain TER and SNCF trains will be asked to change trains at Thionville station until 3 April 2020 inclusive.
The TGV 9877 train, which served the Montpellier station in 2019, will now serve the Marseille station again. By day, there will be round trips between Luxembourg and Marseille and between Luxembourg and Montpellier. In addition, the TGV 9896 train will arrive at Luxembourg Gare at 23:49 instead of 17:35.
For individual timetables, customers can consult www.cfl.lu, the CFL mobile app or call the CFL CallCenter via tel.: 2489-2489.
Works in 2020
Like every year, the CFL will take advantage of less busy periods to carry out large-scale infrastructure works aimed at the modernisation and maintenance of the railway network and its facilities.
In 2020, the following sections will be closed to rail traffic for a limited period:
- Easter holidays (4 - 19 April 2020): Line 10 Ettelbruck - Troisvierges; Line 30 Wecker - Trier
- Pentecost holidays (1 - 7 June 2020): Line 60 Esch-sur-Alzette - Rodange
- Summer holidays (11 - 26 July 2020): Line 50 Luxembourg - Arlon; (15 August to 9 September 2020): Line 10 Ettelbruck - Diekirch; (22 August 22 to 9 September 2020): Line 10 Luxembourg - Ettelbruck; (10 - 13 September 2020): Line 10 Luxembourg - Troisvierges
- All Saints' Day holiday (31 October to 8 November 2020): Line 50 Luxembourg - Arlon; Line 60 Esch-sur-Alzette - Rodange