Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Co-modality 2011-FR-91084-S 

Development of four multimodal platforms of the Seine-North Europe canal as well as their road and rail links. Preliminary studies stage


The global project is part of Priority Project 30 Inland Waterway Seine-Scheldt. This project focuses on connecting the Seine basin with the Scheldt basin as well with the entire Rhine-Scheldt delta and the Rhine basin. It aims to establish, along a major economic route which regularly faces problems of road congestion, a new European freight corridor linking Le Havre to Rotterdam with the inland ports of Paris, Lille, Brussels, Liège, Duisburg ... in northern Europe.


In order to generate more traffic, the Seine-North Europe canal requires multiple internal ports and services for the loading and unloading of goods, as well as receiving facilities (buildings, silos...). To do so, four multimodal platforms will be created in France. They will also structure the territory and will be a significant boost to employment.


This Action will deliver all preliminary studies necessary for the development of these four multimodal logistical platforms:

  • From a technical perspective, to study the feasibility of the four platforms and their access, road and rail, followed by a programme of works and development planning;
  • From a legal perspective, the way to set up a management structure for the four platforms and to select appropriate administrative procedures with a view to obtaining authorisation for the development and town-planning work;
  • From an economic and commercial perspective, to take into account the territories and their future development as well as defining a vision on the fields and potential clients of the four platforms.



State of progress on 31 December 2013:
The Action depends on the progress of the Priority Project 30 Inland Waterway Seine-Scheldt, which is delayed. Accordingly, the Action will only deliver part of the expected results by December 2014.




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Sudies: 50%

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Implementation schedule:

Start date: April 2012

End date: December 2014



 French Republic, Ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement durable, des Transports et du Logement


Implementing body:

 Voies Navigables de France


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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