Improving the waterway connection between the rivers Seine and Scheldt is the joint objective of France, Wallonia and Flanders in the SeineScheldt project. In Flanders the trajectory mainly follows the river Lys and the 'Ringvaart' around Ghent towards the canal Ghent-Terneuzen. Through the realisation of this project inland navigation can become a full-fledged alternative for road freight transport. Moreover, the objectives are the alleviation of congested roads, increasing safety and sustainability.
Ecology and economy
The SeineScheldt project focuses on river restoration:
- riverbanks are strenghtened in an environmental-friendly way
- fauna and flora are developed
- cut-off river meanders are reconnnected to the Lys
- and pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths are foreseen and improved.
The economic dimension of the waterway is mapped, transhipment centres are developed and businesses are attracted, boosting the area.
Connection between 2 European leading regions
The Seine and the Scheldt basins are two of Europe's most important industrial regions. Nowadays there is however no connecting waterway to allow container vessels and push barges. To realise this, the SeineScheldt is set up. Flanders, gateway to the complete Scheldt and Rhine delta in the Netherlands and Germany, will connect these areas with the surrounding regions of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris.
More information is available on the website of the SeineScheldt project.