A special purpose organisation to design and build the new system has been established following decisions taken in mid-June by Ludwigsburg district council together with local authorities of Remseck, Möglingen, Markgröningen and the district of Pattonville in Remseck and Kornwestheim. The districts of Kornwestheim and Schwieberdingen may join the organisation at a later stage.

The proposed light rail system will be up to 28km long and use up to 8km of disused railway alignments between Ludwigsburg and Markgröningen where passenger services were withdrawn in 1975 and freight in 2002.

Detailed planning for the new network, which is estimated to cost at least €250m, will begin in 2021 with a target opening date of 2030.

The light rail plan replaces plans for an 11km bus rapid transit system, which would have been the first of its kind in Germany. Connections to the Stuttgart U-Bahn may be possible if the new light rail line is extended as far as Remseck although the Ludwigsburg system will be built for low floor operation and thus will be operationally incompatible with the high platform U-Bahn.

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