The road infrastructure
A road network designed with mobility in mind
Fighting this lack of safety on our roads requires the three components of any form of mobility, namely the human component, the vehicle and the environment in which they are travelling, to be analysed. Infrastructure therefore plays a key role not only in the safety of our movements but also in the quality and efficiency of our mobility. With this in mind, the ACL has outlined the principles that will determine its actions and the steps it takes to promote a modern, safe and sustainable road infrastructure that reflects both current and future mobility needs.
The ACL based this task on a number of observations, such as the fact that whilst the population has risen from 469,100 at the end of 2005 to 576,200 at the end of 2015, the public road system has been extended by only 90km or so in the past 15 years, during which time the number of people living close to the border has also risen by 50,000.
Mobility is an inherent part of humanity, be it in terms of a country’s economy or its social life, and whilst the means of transport we use to achieve this mobility may have moved on over the centuries and will continue to do so for centuries to come, the need for mobility remains the same.
The invention of the car turned the way in which human societies were structured upside down and had a significant impact on both towns and rural areas. The success of the private car has had a lot to do with the sense of personal freedom that the motor car gives us, with drivers having the option of jumping in their car and going anywhere they like, whenever they like, at any time of day. That said, this personal freedom does conflict with certain other forms of freedom, and sometimes even the common interest.
The State may indeed have invested in public transport with a view to improving mobility, but with very disappointing effect, as demonstrated by TNS Ilres in its Movilux survey, which is why the ACL has now spoken out in favour of a global transport policy whilst at the same time defending the use of the personal car. It is important to use various modes of transport to ensure the mobility of our fellow citizens whilst limiting the impact that this mobility has on both the human and natural environments whenever possible.
The ACL supports the current objectives of the MODU system with regards to the modal split but they will not enable us to deal with the constant increase in national, cross-border and international road traffic without investment in infrastructure. With this in mind, the ACL notably recommends the following:
- Prioritising projects involving major roads, starting with the addition of a third lane to the Arlon-Luxembourg-Thionville motorway;
- Simplifying administrative procedures when it comes to the execution of major infrastructure projects;
- Increased investment in a safe infrastructure and passive safety;
- The completion of bypasses that are already planned or under discussion with a view to improving the flow of traffic and quality of life in the urban areas that will be bypassed;
- The completion of initiatives designed to encourage greater shared mobility among our fellow citizens, such as investment in the cycle lane network;
- The construction of P+R schemes and the development of the related services, such as their links to public transport and the co-funding of this type of infrastructure within the Greater Region.
Infrastructure is a vital component of mobility, regardless of the means of transport you choose or its engine power, and as such it should not be neglected and must continue to be developed.