Northern France is the 1st railway region in France for rail-based production, bringing together manufacturers, subcontractors and suppliers. The existing rail network is the densest in Europe, with the TGV, Eurotunnel and a number of multimodal logistics platforms. The i-Trans cluster, combining R&D, testing and production is developing tomorrow’s intelligent transport systems, drawing upon the large number of engineers and laboratories in Northern France.
Rail networkFrance’s densest rail networkLille is at the heart of a network of high-speed TGV trains serving Northern France1,447 km of railway lines The Channel Tunnel links Coquelles in France with Folkestone in the UK1st region for rail freight
Main companies4 of the world’s top manufacturers of carsOver 100 specialized suppliers and sub-contractors€ 1 bn turnover
A structured environmentRegional railway structures (AIF – Railway Industries Association, CEF – Railway Test Track, CERTIFER – French Agency of Railway Certification, European Railway Agency)Transport professionals with special expertise in rail Development of the Port of DunkirkPan-European network of multimodal hubs
Research & DevelopmentOver 20 research and training institutionsOver 1,800 public researchers Over 2,000 students Many fields of competencesGRRT: Regional Research Organization for Transportationi-Trans competitiveness cluster: the railway industry at the heart of innovative and sustainable transport