De Vlaamse Waterweg nv and the “Provinciale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij” (POM – Provincial Development Company) West Flanders are planning a brand new transshipment centre on the Roeselare-Leie canal: the Roeselare River Terminal. The goal is to encourage more entrepreneurs to switch to the waterways for transporting their goods and raw materials.
The river terminal will be located in a designated industrial zone and will consist of 230 metres of quay wall for vessels to moor, plus an 18,000 m² storage platform. The aim is to further develop the Roeselare-Leie canal as a transport alternative, and ensure that it can also serve companies that do not have direct access to the waterway. The canal can already handle more than 4 million tons of transported goods per year.
De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, POM West Flanders and the city of Roeselare are working closely together on the new transshipment centre. Based on the agreements made, the design was adapted to make the site greener and more comfortable for cyclists. And local employment also benefits from a new incentive. Preparatory works on the Roeselare River Terminal started in mid-September 2020; completion is planned for the end of 2021.