Luxembourg's railway company, the CFL, has announced that it will continue with works aimed at modernising, extending and maintaining the rail network over the All Saints' holidays, from 29 October to 6 November 2022.
To respond in particular to growing demand from its passenger and freight activities, the CFL is aiming to provide its network with new capacity (additional tracks and platforms) and to optimise traffic on all of its lines. The All Saints' holidays will be used in particular for the progress of major works at the Luxembourg Railway Station (Gare de Luxembourg), which began in the summer period.
Substantial changes to the track plan, namely the layout of the tracks, switches and catenaries are deemed necessary to allow more fluid traffic and to thus improve punctuality at the Luxembourg Railway Station. While the works have already progressed well, according to the CFL, some operations that had to be postponed due to a lack of material supply will also be carried out during this upcoming holiday week.
Interventions will also take place at the Luxembourg marshalling yard where freight wagons are sorted and grouped according to their destination and stationed passenger trains. These will lead to the allocation to passenger traffic of two lanes that have been used until now for marshalling purposes.
These transformation works will then continue towards Howald in the context of the construction of the new Luxembourg-Bettembourg line aimed at creating additional capacity for this particularly busy section, both by trains on line 90 (Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Thionville - Metz ) and those on the Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Esch/Alzette - Rodange axis (line 60).
In the long term, the two new tracks of this additional line will make it possible to operate the trains separately (both passenger and freight), thus avoiding the cascading consequences in the event of disruptions or delays.
In view of the complete closure of the southern part of the Luxembourg Railway Station for construction work, no trains will run on the entire line using this access. The following substitution measures will be put in place from 29 October to 6 November 2022 inclusive:
- Line 50 (Luxembourg - Kleinbettingen - Arlon): for RB trains (serving all stops), a replacement bus between Luxembourg and Bertrange then a train between Bertrange and Kleinbettingen / Arlon will be available. No IC (direct) train will run between Luxembourg and Arlon (and vice versa). These trains will be replaced by buses between Luxembourg and Arlon;
- Line 60 (Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Esch/Alzette - Rodange): a replacement bus will run between Luxembourg and Bettembourg where customers can take the regular service. A direct bus will connect Luxembourg to Esch-sur-Alzette from 31 October to 4 November 2022. No trains will run elsewhere on 5 and 6 November 2022 between Bettembourg and Volmerange-les-Mines (line 60A) due to the renewal of the rails in the passage at the level of the route from Burange to Dudelange. Replacement buses are scheduled between Bettembourg and Volmerange-les-Mines on 5 November and between Bettembourg and Dudelange-Usines on 6 November 2022;
- Line 70 (Luxembourg - Pétange - Rodange - Athus/Longwy): a replacement bus will run between Luxembourg and Hollerich where customers can take regular services to Athus and Longwy;
- Line 90 (Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Thionville - Metz): no trains will run between Luxembourg and Bettembourg; instead, replacement buses will run between these two destinations;
- TGV (Luxembourg - Paris Est): no TGVs will depart the Luxembourg Railway Station during this period. Dedicated replacement buses will be set up to join the TGV departing from the SNCF stations in Thionville or Metz and return to Luxembourg.