Working for you: The CFL engineering works in 2021

construction works/projects
// 23 March 2021

Your mobility partner

For the past 75 years, CFL has been an indispensable partner for mobility in the Grand-Duchy. We are constantly on the move, doing everything to support you in your private and business life. With the aim of providing you with services tailored to your needs, we are continuing to develop and to improve our infrastructure and offers.

Our engineering works are aimed at developing our services

Our main goal is to offer you a high-quality service.

Our maintenance, modernisation and extension works are all aimed at improving the following fields:

  • Making public transport more attractive
  • Increasing the quality of the services offered: 
    • Increasing both the capacity of the network and rolling stock used 
    • Improving punctuality by having separate tracks for different lines, all with a view to: 
      • Avoiding delays due to possible disruptions on the busiest sections, which are carried over due to trains having to cross the tracks from other lines 
      • Creating line-specific tracks 
    • Improving reliability 

The different time schedules for the engineering works in 2021 will enable the CFL to move forward in parallel on several major projects on the network and to group together work to extend, modernise or maintain rail infrastructure.

All information about current engineering work periods and alternative measures can be found at www.infotravauxcfl.lu.


Details of the CFL engineering works during Phase II/2021 (03/04 – 16/07/2021) and closed sections:

Line 10 (Luxembourg – Troisvierges – Gouvy):

From 3rd to 5th April 2021, services on line 10 will be interrupted on the sections between Mersch and Gouvy, between Ettelbruck and Diekirch and between Kautenbach and Wiltz. After that, from 6th to 18th April 2021, the sections between Ettelbruck and Gouvy, Ettelbruck and Diekirch, and Kautenbach and Wiltz will be closed. At Ettelbruck station, overhead line and track work will be carried out, as well as engineering work as part of the new construction and reconstruction of this station. At Mersch station, during this closure, work will be implemented to adapt the station to current technical standards facilitating access for people with reduced mobility. At the same time, the CFL will continue to work on the construction of a P&R at Troisvierges. Simultaneously, switches and crossings will be renewed between Wilwerwiltz and Mecher, a bridge will be repaired in Maulusmühle and another one is being built in Clervaux. Work will also be carried out on platforms in Wilwerwiltz, Drauffelt and Troisvierges. In addition, various small-scale maintenance works will be carried out on the closed sections of the line.

From 22nd to 30th May, renovation work will continue at Ettelbruck station, with the closure of the Ettelbruck – Diekirch section during this period.

In Mersch, overhead line works will be carried out during the same period, requiring a closure for train traffic between Luxembourg and Ettelbruck.

Lines 10 (Luxembourg – Troisvierges – Gouvy) and 30 (Luxembourg – Wasserbillig – Trier):

A new footbridge at Luxembourg station will affect lines 10 and 30

In addition, a new footbridge at Luxembourg station (planned to be put into service in December 2021), which will allow barrier-free access for all, including people with reduced mobility, will be relocated during the Pentecost holidays, from 22nd to 30th May 2021. This relocation implies the interruption of train services entering and leaving Luxembourg station on the north side. Therefore, these engineering works, which are indispensable for a large part of customers, will have an impact on the trains of lines 10 (Luxembourg – Troisvierges – Gouvy) and 30 (Luxembourg – Wasserbillig – Trier). In addition, there will be preparation works for phase III of the engineering works (summer holidays) and engineering works to build platforms V and VI at Luxembourg station.

Line 70 (Luxemburg – Pétange – Rodange – Athus – Longwy):

Since 27th February and until 25th April 2021 inclusive, engineering works by the infrastructure manager Infrabel will affect the operation of line 70. The section between Rodange and Athus will be closed for this purpose.

Lines 60 (Luxembourg – Esch-sur-Alzette ‒ Pétange) und 90 (Luxembourg – Bettembourg – Thionville):

From 3rd to 18th April 2021, on lines 60 and 90, the extension of the “Rangwee” tunnel (project of the Pont & Chaussé regarding the tram project) requires the CFL to close the section of the line between Luxembourg and Bettembourg for train services in order to ensure the safe execution of the planned works. During this closure, tracks will also be renewed on the closed section.


Phase I: press release 10th February 2021


Summary of major projects

Click on one of our major projects to find out more:

Extension of Luxembourg Station
New Luxembourg – Bettembourg line
Howald hub
Ettelbruck hub
Rodange hub
Mersch hub
Level crossings removal
Associated projects with other partners


Extension of Luxembourg Station

Engineering works and objectives:

Improved accessibility for people with reduced mobility, construction of a new footbridge

  • Easy access for all customers (ground-level entrance accessible by wheelchair, lifts, podotactile lines)

Construction of 2 new platforms served by 4 new track

  • Additional capacities for this key rail hub

Adaptation of the Rodange Station track layout, with dedicated tracks for each line       

  • Improved punctuality
  • Fewer cancellations, fewer trains crossing the tracks of other lines

Introduction of corridors for cross-country lines              

  • Introduction of a rail corridor for a more reliable North-South connection (more punctual trains, fewer cancellations)

Construction of 250-metre platforms    

  • Possibility of accommodating longer trains, with an increased seating offer

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New Luxembourg – Bettembourg line

Engineering works and objectives:

Construction of a new 2-track, 7-km stretch       

  • Two new tracks for the 90 line (“sillon lorrain”)
  • Higher capacity on this busy section
  • Smoother and more punctual traffic, less congestion on the Luxembourg – Bettembourg section
  • Higher-performance link between the south of the country and the capital’s major business centres, in particular Howald and Luxembourg-Ville
  • Improved cross-border services and simultaneous passenger and freight train operations on the existing Luxembourg–Bettembourg line during the rush-hour
  • Better freight operations (between Germany, the Benelux countries, France, Switzerland and Italy)

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Howald hub

Engineering works and objectives:

Creation of an interchange hub for passengers using trains, bikes and other forms of public transport

  • Making it easier to switch means of transport (bus, tram, bike, train)
  • Train connection to new and thriving business centres (the workplaces of many CFL customers) – Ban de Gasperich, Cloche d’Or, Howald

Improved accessibility for people with reduced mobility

  • Easy access for all customers (ground-level entrance accessible by wheelchair, lifts, podotactile lines)

Creation of a new railway stop with 2 additional platforms (phase 2)     

  • Improving the station’s performance (making it able to handle more trains simultaneously) and flexibility (e.g. in the event of disruptions)
  • Easy access to public transport serving the Ban de Gasperich for passengers from the “sillon lorrain”

Changes to the track layout at the Howald stop

  • Separation of train departures/arrivals for the 60 and 90 lines, with a view to connecting Howald station to the future Luxembourg – Bettembourg line
  • Rail corridor linking the north and south of Luxembourg, smoother and more punctual traffic

Connecting the Howald stop to the new Luxembourg – Bettembourg line

  • Trains from the “sillon lorrain” to Luxembourg via the new Luxembourg – Bettembourg line

Increasing the platforms to 250 metres

  • Possibility of accommodating longer trains, with an increased seating offer

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Ettelbruck hub

Engineering works and objectives:

Creation of an interchange hub for passengers using trains and other forms of transport: cars (construction of a P&R carpark with 430 places), buses, bikes  

  • Making it easier to switch means of transport (bus, bike, train)

Improved accessibility for people with reduced mobility              

  • Easy access for all customers (ground-level entrance accessible by wheelchair, lifts, podotactile lines)

Reconstruction of the passenger building

  • More attractive, modern and comfortable facilities

Construction of two additional platforms            

  • Improving the station’s performance (making it able to handle more trains simultaneously) and flexibility (e.g. in case of disruptions)

Increasing the platforms to 250 metres

  • Possibility of accommodating longer trains, with an increased seating offer

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Rodange hub

Engineering works and objectives:

Creation of an interchange hub for passengers using trains, bikes and other forms of public transport

  • Making it easier to switch means of transport (bus, bike, train)

Improved accessibility for people with reduced mobility

  • Easy access for all customers (ground-level entrance accessible by wheelchair, lifts, podotactile lines)

Construction of a P&R carpark  

  • 1,600 parking spaces

Construction of an additional platform 

  • Improving the station’s performance (making it able to handle more trains simultaneously) and flexibility (e.g. in case of disruptions)

Adaptation of the Rodange Station track layout, with dedicated tracks for each line

  • Improved punctuality
  • Fewer trains crossing the tracks of other lines

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Mersch hub

Engineering works and objectives:

Creation of an exchange hub for passengers using trains, bikes and other forms of public transport

  • Making it easier to switch means of transport (bus, bike, train)

Improving accessibility for people with reduced mobility             

  • Easy access for all customers (ground-level entrance accessible by wheelchair, lifts, podotactile lines)
  • More attractive, modern and comfortable facilities

Increasing the platforms to 250 metres

  • Possibility of accommodating longer trains, with an increased seating offer

Construction of a P&R carpark  

  • 400 parking places

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Removal of level crossings

Engineering works and objectives:

Removal of level crossings

  • Improved safety: removal of accident-prone road-rail intersections
  • Removal of facilities with a potential negative impact on punctuality in the event of disruptions (technical glitches, damage caused by third parties)

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Associated projects with other partners

Pont Buchler (Project of the Administration des Ponts et Chaussées)

Engineering works and objectives:

Conversion of the Pont Buchler into a multimodal bridge

  • Ad hoc closures of the 50, 70, 60/90 lines in the critical phases of the work to ensure safety
  • Enabling cyclists, pedestrians, tram, bus and car users to easily get from the station and its surrounding districts (Centre Limpertsberg, Kirchberg etc.) to Bonnevoie (in the direction of Howald, Ban de Gasperich, Cloche d’Or)

Rangwee II Howald (Project belonging to the Administration des Ponts et Chaussées)

Engineering works and objectives:

Increasing the capacity of the Rangwee tunnel and ad hoc closures of the 60/90 lines in the critical phases of the work to ensure safety

  • New underpass connecting Howald with the Gluck roundabout (redevelopment / extension of streets in the context of the tram project)

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