Mobilisation for a better train service within QuattroPole

One of the major challenges for cross-border cooperation in general, and for the QuattroPole network and the Greater Region in particular, is the provision of effective passenger train services.

For Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken and Trier, two aspects should be taken into account: on the one hand, direct links, at regular intervals if possible, between the cities in the network are important in people’s daily lives; on the other hand, it is important to guarantee links to major centres outside the region such as Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels.

Resolution for a better train service (2015)

In 2015, jointly with the Tonicités network, the Sillon Lorrain and the Eurodistrict SaarMoselle, QuattroPole adopted a resolution to demand a better train service from the European main lines.

The cities are committed to preserving the northern branch of the Paris-Frankfurt high-speed line (via Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern), implementing the Brussels-Luxembourg line (Eurocaprail) and improving rail links to the South of France.

The resolution was sent to the relevant railway companies, as well as to executives at the Summit of the Greater Region, with a view to generating as vast a movement as possible.

Under separate cover, the cities jointly insisted that the Deutsche Bahn main line plan should include a cross-border section. The planned mainline trains do not necessarily have to stop at Trier or Saarbrücken, but should instead go as far as Luxembourg and Metz.

Meeting with political decision makers in the Greater Region

At the joint behest of QuattroPole and Tonicités, a meeting with the Luxembourg Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, took place on 16 September 2016 in Luxembourg, in the course of which the Minister presented the plans for mobility in the Grand Duchy. The purpose of the discussion that followed was to talk about current challenges linked to cross-border mobility and to put forward joint solutions, such as setting up a joint database for cross-border mobility in the Greater Region.