Luxembourg to become first country with free transport for children and students
Would you like to see this happen in Ireland?
Luxembourg is set to become the first country to provide free transport for children and students under the age of 20.
The newly re-elected prime minister Xavier Bettel has said that he hopes to have the new free travel scheme up and running by next year.
Luxembourg currently has the highest number of cars in the European Union considering its small population.
The new initiative aims to cut down on the number of cars being used by making travel for families and college students more cost-effective.
The country already provides free shuttles for secondary school students between school and their home but the government hope to help even more students gain access to free transportation.
I think it's a fantastic idea that this free travel scheme is being expanded to include college students who are often living on a tight budget.
The college that I attended was about an hour away from where I lived on public transport and my monthly bus ticket used to set me back nearly €100 and even though Leap cards have helped with travel costs they're still a large added expense to student life.
Luxembourg's coalition government have said that they will lift all fares on trains, trams and buses by next summer.