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EU supports studies to pave the way for intermodal platforms in France

Creation date: February 7, 2013

The European Union will co-finance with over €3.2 million from the TEN-T Programme studies which will pave the way for the construction of a series of intermodal platforms boosting the "Inland Waterway Seine-Scheldt" link (TEN-T Priority Project 30). Once realised, the intermodal hubs will contribute to the modal shift from road to inland waterways and railways.


The "Seine-Métropole Port" project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call and will receive support from the EU of just over €1 million, will conduct the preparatory analysis to establish an intermodal road/rail/water platform right at the meeting points of the Oise and Seine rivers.


Presently, the Paris region only obtains 6% of its supplies via inland waterways and 5% via rail. Logistics facilities are concentrated in the east and north around the saturated motorway routes. The Seine-Métropole Port project will contribute to the modal re-balancing of the Paris region's logistics facilities (river transport, rail transport, combined transport), and geographical re-balancing towards the west.


A second project, also funded under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call and receiving €2.2 million in EU support, will similarly study the feasibility of establishing four intermodal platforms along the Rotterdam (The Netherlands) to Le Havre (France) inland waterway network. The platforms will be located on the Seine-North Europe canal and will contribute to modal shift as well as boosting employment in the region.


The projects are set to be completed by the end of 2014.


For more information, please consult the projects' page!







Press Release in French -  .doc (35 KB)