The Seine-Scheldt inland waterway network - cross-border section between Compiègne and Ghent
This project, part of Priority Project 30 Inland Waterway Seine-Scheldt is designed to connect the Seine and Scheldt river basins, and, to a broader extent, the entire Rhine-Scheldt delta and the Rhine basin (Priority Project 18 - Waterway axis Rhine/Meuse-Main-Danube). It will not only help alleviate serious road congestion which affects the north-south economic axis, but also open up a new European freight corridor between Le Havre, Paris, Dunkerque, Antwerp, Liège and Rotterdam/Amsterdam.
Along this corridor, the project will allow the concentration of freight in push-tows carrying up to 4,400 tonnes. At the same time it will provide high-capacity access to the northern seaports - and a catchment market of more than 60 million people. The project investments will be aimed at eliminating the main bottlenecks, and will concern the following three sections:
State of progress on 31 December 2014:
Despite delays, the project is still progressing at different paces according to the geographical sections concerned.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
Studies and works: 35%
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This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.
Member States involved:
Start date: January 2007
End date: December 2015