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DIPCITY - Development of Inland Ports as a sustainable tool for the City
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Description

North West Europe’s inland ports face common challenges. And they must co-operate on a transnational basis if they are to better integrate with the emerging Trans- European transport network. The objective of the DIPCITY project is to deliver innovative infrastructure that makes it more attractive to shift freight by the inland waterways, which connect the area’s major cities, rather than truck. by achieving this, the project will also help to promote the sustainability of the inl [...]
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Lead Partner:
PORT DE BRUXELLES
Redersplein 6 / Place des Armateurs 6, 1000 Brussels
BE
Tel +32 2 420 67 00
Fax +32 2 420 73 81

Contact:
Genevieve Origer
Project Manager
goriger@port.irisnet.be

Measure: 2.1

Start date: 2001/05/03
End date: 2007/12/31

ERDF Grant: € 2 133 327
Total eligible cost: € 16.2


Partners involved:

BE - Port de Bruxelles

BE - Port de Liège

FR - Port de Lille

FR - Port autonome de Paris


Project type: Investment


Summary
NW Europe’s inland ports face common challenges. And they must co-operate on a trans-national basis if they are to better integrate with the emerging Trans-European transport network. The objective of the DIPCITY project is to deliver innovative infrastructure that makes it more attractive to shift freight by the inland waterways, which connect the area’s major cities, rather than truck. by achieving this, the project will also help to promote the sustainability of the inland ports’ hinterlands and the metropolitan areas they are located in. The four NW European inland ports participating in the 16.2 M Euro project will also share lessons on how their activities can be better planned so that they can be more attractively integrated into the urban environment. DIPCITY, which is being led by the Port of Brussels, will also seek to develop ways in which water transport can be used to improve the sustainability of the cities they pass through, such as transporting a greater proportion of municipal waste by canal or river. The project will also address safety and security.

Objectives
The general objective of the project is to realise new and innovative investments in NWE-inland ports so that these ports can develop further as sustainable tools for their hinterland, and for the metropolitan area which they serve. This can only be realised by innovative investments after a transnational cooperation and common learning in the field of urban integration of port activities and establishment of an exchange of experiences permitting to define strategies for inland ports to develop.

Improving different aspects of inland-ports includes :

  • safety and security issues
  • Attractiveness of the port area
  • shifting truck movements to sustainable transport modes
  • developing new and innovative activities, such as the transport of municipal waste on inland waterways, and other new concepts of urban distribution.

Activities

Expected Outcomes

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