New canal will facilitate sustainable transport of goods

New canal will facilitate sustainable transport of goods

17 December 2019

Sweco and Arcadis are partners of a consortium responsible for planning and design of a large waterway for inland vessels up to 4,400 tonnes between France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Société du Canal Seine-Nord Europe is the client.

"We are very proud to be involved in an assignment to redesign European freight transport in a sustainable way," says Erwin Malcorps, Managing Director Sweco Belgium.

The new canal in France will cover 107 kilometres between the Oise in Compiègne and the Dunkirk-Scheldt canal near Cambrai. A total of seven locks, three navigable aqueducts and 61 bridges will be built. Work is expected to start in 2022 and commissioning is planned in December 2028. The assignment of Sweco and Arcadis involves the sector between the French municipalities of Allaines and Etricourt-Mancourt.

The canal is of great economic importance for Europe as it will give a powerful boost to inland navigation between northern Europe and the Paris Basin. The canal is also expected to eliminate 15 to 20 percent of transport traffic on the Amsterdam–Paris axis. 

For additional information, please contact:

Erwin Malcorps, Managing Director Sweco Belgium, +32 473 888 202,

Katia Van de Voorde, Communications Manager Sweco Belgium, +32 477 61 25 15,

Johnny Nylund, Head of Press Sweco Group, +46 73 773 5189,

Sweco plans and designs tomorrow’s communities and cities. Our work produces sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to electricity and clean water. With 16,000 employees in Europe, we offer our customers the right expertise for every situation. We carry out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world. Sweco is Europe’s leading engineering and architecture consultancy, with sales of approximately SEK 18.7 billion (EUR 1.8 billion). The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.