TERRITORY & INFRASTRUCTURE
Northern France, economic exchange at the heart of Europe
Northern France and regional capital Lille are at the center of a consumer market with a population of 100 million. Within easy reach of decision-making centers including Paris, Brussels, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, the region combines a strategic geographical location with outstanding transport infrastructure:
Multimodal transport Over 20 multimodal hubs and logistics centers.
Road network The densest European road network with over 650 kilometers of multilane highways feeding into European networks.
Rail Northern France boasts 1,512 km of railway lines and 122 freight stations.Direct high-speed Eurostar service carries 6.3 million passengers a year.Lille is at the heart of a network of high-speed TGV trains that links the major European capitals in record time.
Sea Northern France has three internationally known maritime ports (Boulogne/Mer, Calais et Dunkerque). The world’s largest port (Antwerp and Rotterdam) offer quick access to the richest markets in Northwestern Europe.
Inland waterways 680 km of canals and navigable rivers in Northern France, including 576 km used for commercial navigation. The new Seine-Nord canal linking Paris with Northern France will round out existing inland waterways.
Air Lille international airport,4 major international airports in close proximity to the region (Paris, London, Brussels and Amsterdam).