The Seine-ScheldtNetwork

With 1,100 km in wide-gauge infrastructure, the Seine-Scheldt network in France, Flanders and Wallonia offers the European economy a wider, unsaturated space that is connected to major conurbations, five large seaports and their network of inland ports.

Major advantages of the Seine-Scheldt project

A strategic international project
in the heart of Europe
Seine-Scheldt, a major European transport policy, is both a modern multimodal network situated in the heart of Europe and a new entry route into the continent for international trade.
A sustainable transport
development project
A multimodal network driving the shift to waterways and rail, Seine-Scheldt and its inland port network will enable the pooling and innovation of a sustainable and economical transport system.

A project promoting
regional development
In the regions it cuts through, Seine-Scheldt will be the driving force of waterside-based industrial and logistics development capable of creating sustainable employment.
A project boosting
economic growth
Seine-Scheldt will boost the re-industrialisation of regions and generate significant gains in productivity for the industrial logistics of the food industry, construction, the circular economy and large-scale retailing. It will consequently create sustainable jobs in Normandy, Île-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est, Wallonia and Flanders.
A unifying
partnership project
Seine-Scheldt, a powerful regional development tool, is the vector of new partnerships between regions, inland shipping, waterway management, manufacturers and farmers.
A waterway
development project
The European Union’s first waterway project, focused on the heart of the North Sea – Mediterranean Multimodal Corridor, Seine-Scheldt comprises 1,100 km of modern wide-gauge waterways, operating 24/7 and featuring new integrated and flexible logistics offers.


The 4300 members of Voies Navigables de France staff work everyday to secure the waterway public service.Read more about it
The Société du Canal Seine-Nord Europe (SCSNE) is a public establishment dedicated to manage the construction of the Seine-Nord Europe canal (CSNE) between Compiegne and Aubencheul au Bac. Read more about it
De Vlaamse Waterweg nv manages and operates the region's waterways as a vibrant network, contributing to the economy, prosperity and quality of living in Flanders.Read more about it
The SPW Mobility and Infrastructures initiates and coordinates the policies defined by Wallonia in terms of the mobility of people and the transportation of goods.Read more about it


The Seine-Scheldt network will gradually be installed on 1100 km of large and automated waterways. The European Union Implementing Decision of 27 June 2019 confirmed the financing of this major Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) project and postponed the delivery dates of the other to 2030. The map below shows the offer of services for all sections of Seine-Escaut by 2030.