AURH is involved in Weastflows, a European project led in the frame of the program INTERREG IVB for North-West Europe area, with 21 other partners.

The aim of this project is both :

  • improve logistic operations and freight transport in North-West Europe
  • decongest the traditional North-South axis.

These objectives could be reached by :

  • encouraging the shift from road to more sustainable modes (railway and inland waterway transport, short sea shipping)
  • promoting the development of freight flows on a new west-east axis.

Thanks to Weastflows, AURH saw the opportunity to include in a new dynamic the Seine estuary area and the Seine Valley at the heart of the European freight transport system.

The project recognized as "strategic initiative" by the European Commission, is divided into 12 actions. AURH is in charged of the first one, entitled "Assessment of capacity for sustainable transport". This action mainly mobilizes the geographical and geomatic expertise of the AURH.

Septembre 2014 - Publication of the Analytical atlas freight transport in North-West Europe

At the time when the European Commission multiplies ads on its investments for transport corridors, AURH continues its contribution to the understanding and analysis of freight transport infrastructure of North-West Europe.

This year, AURH publises its second deliverable in the frame of Weastflows : The analytical Atlas of freight transport in North-Western Europe. It completes The Atlas of Major North-West European Freight Infrastructures published in June, 2013 which was an inventory of transport infrastructures, including all types of goods and modes, whether they already existed or were planned.

The analytical Atlas examines the territorial dynamics, the infrastructure network and the inter-regional exchanges of goods in North-Western Europe.

  • The first part proposes a geographical analysis of North-Western Europe. It focuses on regional characteristics: demography, land use, the port network and transport infrastructures.
  • The second part presents a quantitative and qualitative analysis on the network of infrastructures. It concerns eleven remarkable strategic regional areas for freight transport.
  • Lastly, the third part focuses on the analysis and qualification of the main goods exchanged between regions in North-Western Europe.

This publication highlights the challenges of transporting goods. It is intended to support strategic thinking at the regional, national and European level concerning the economic development and transport policy.

Two other deliverables will be produce by AURH in 2015.


The context of the publication of the analytical Atlas

The european project Weastflows

Weastflows is a European project funded by the Interreg IVB NWE Programme (2011-2015). It aims to improve logistics and freight transportation in North-West Europe by encouraging the development of east / west corridors.

The recent european ads for the implementation of a core network of transport infrastructure by 2030

The first conclusions of the Weastflows resonate with recent announcements from the European Commission concerning its transport policy.

In October 2013, Europe has selected nine priority transport corridors which will focus investment with a budget of 26 billion euros between 2014-2020. The Seine Valley is identified as link of the Atlantic corridor, a victory for all institutional actors instead.

In September 2014, the European Commission launched a call for projects for the first tranche of the funding envelope (€ 11.9 billion). Member States have until February 26, 2015 to submit their proposals.


June 2013 - Publication of the Atlas of the major North-West European freight infrastructures

The Atlas of major North-West European freight infrastructures achieved by AURH is the first deliverable of the project.

The Atlas is based on the implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) built by the AURH team and covering the seven countries of North West Europe involved in Weastflows. Composed of 47 maps, the Atlas presents the organization of freight infrastructure in North-West Europe, all types of infrastructures and all modes included (road, rail, inland waterways, sea and air). Never before such work had been done on this scale.

Download the Weastflows Atlas in English


To know more : www.aurhinweastflows.com