NORD SEINE EUROPE CANAL

Nord-Pas-de Calais – Picardie, France | 2008 | Territories study
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Technical Assistance for regional planning, architecture and landscaping
  • Owner: VNF
  • Contractors: AREP Ville, Nord sud Paysage
  • Studies prior to consultation exercise: January - June 2008
Voies Navigables de France (VNF), the French waterways authority, is to undertake the construction of a wide-gauge canal connecting the Seine to the Scheldt suitable for barges up to 4,500 tonnes. This major project will be carried out under a public-private partnership (PPP).
Voies Navigables de France (VNF), the French waterways authority, is to undertake the construction of a wide-gauge canal connecting the Seine to the Scheldt suitable for barges up to 4 500 tonnes. This major project will be carried out under a public-private partnership (PPP). To assist it in preparing the consultation, VNF has called on the services of several technical assistants: Inexia (infrastructure); EDF CIH (hydraulic system management), Sector (risk management) and Arep Ville (urban development and architecture). The present mandate consists in carrying out the preliminary studies complementing the Public Interest dossier and drafting the functional programme, which will outline the framework for PPP submissions. The canal will be 106 km long, crossing the territories of four Regional Authorities and 10 départements, and is seen as a means of driving regional development. Building the canal will lead to a remodelling of the landscape, connecting territories, and developing economic activity sites around four multi-modal transport platforms at Nesle, Noyon, Peronne and Marquion respectively.
In parallel, the project provides an opportunity to re-think urban development at tangential sites, and even more so at sites adjacent to the old Canal du Nord which, once set free from existing operational constraints, may offer opportunities for tourism or residential developments.
The functional programme will identify the project sites with the assistance of local government authorities.
It will specify the development objectives for the 69 bridging structures that will need to be built, the characteristics of locks, and the conditions for integrating ancillary canal facilities.