City-port interface

- Port de Rouen

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The Port of Rouen is part of a natural area but also part of a dense urban environment composed of dwellings, businesses and leisure areas.
The sustainability of port activities depends on the recognition of their economic, social and landscape usefulness as components of the identity and development of this territory.
In this context, the Port of Rouen works in collaboration with local partners, in particular the municipalities, Departmental Councils, Regional Councils, the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Nature Park and the associations.
Together, they lead many achievements:

  • Development of the quays of the Seine,
  • Enhancement of the port's heritage and buildings,
  • Improvement of landscape quality, road safety…

The pedestrian walkway of the Blondel Ditch  

In Grand-Couronne, the Blondel Ditch pedestrian path means that, from the Seine, you can reach a green space, a pleasant viewpoint on the river.

Espace des Marégraphes

On the right bank of the Seine, the restoration of the hangars and development of the banks of the Seine have made it possible to set up leisure areas popular with the people of Rouen.

Belvedere on the Hautot sur Seine turning area and enhancement of the château

In Hautot-sur-Seine, the project to extend the turning zone requires modification of the bank profile. The towpath has been redeveloped by the Port of Rouen, integrating a tree-lined cycle route and views of the château. 

Development of 4 km of greenways in Moulineaux

In Moulineaux, the Port has built 4 km of greenways

One third of the surface area of Grand Couronne is made up of port areas. In 1992, the municipality and the Port of Rouen signed a charter emphasizing the need to integrate port facilities in an environmentally friendly way.

In this context, in 2009, the Port of Rouen embarked on a project to create a pedestrian and cycle path along the Blondel Ditch.

The Blondel Ditch path was built at the foot of a merlon (earth embankment), near the access road to the Containers and General Merchandise Terminal. Today it winds towards the banks of the Seine, up to a green area arranged as a belvedere that allows walkers to enjoy the view of the river and the Seine valley.

This project, like the Marais de l'Aulnay, is part of a series of commitments made by HAROPA-Port of Rouen to restore the port area on the Left Bank.

Since 1995, the municipality of Rouen has made the development of quays and port areas a priority action. Naturally associated with this approach, HAROPA - Port of Rouen actively participated in the worksite, taking care of the work that took place on and around eight hangars between 2004 and 2013.
1,300 m of quays on 5 ha have been developed between the Corneille and William the Conqueror Bridges. The Espace des Marégraphes is a leisure area open to pedestrians. The development of the Marégraphes is a success in terms of societal integration and the transformation of port areas into urban spaces.
This project has made possible:

  • the development of an attractive promenade on the banks of the Seine,
  • the creation of green spaces,
  • the enhancement of the port's architectural heritage,
  • the establishment of commercial, cultural and leisure activities (restaurants, hammam, sports clubs…).
Espace des MarégraphesEspace des Marégraphes


In the town of Hautot-sur-Seine, HAROPA - Port of Rouen has extended the turning circle (port area allowing ships to turn around) in order to accommodate the new generation of bulk carriers. This expansion required a modification and backward move of the bank profile.
The Port has therefore redeveloped the shoreline over an area of 6 ha.
The shoreline development included:

  • a span of gabions under the river;
  • a vegetated slope;
  • a median strip housing a cycle and pedestrian path and a path for the maintenance and inspection of the structures;
  • an ecological landscaping (wetland) area behind the slope representing an area of about 1 ha.

The integration of the cycle path is achieved through the extension of the Roumare loop route (14 km). 3 m wide, this track is bordered by willows, ash trees, wet vegetated meadows (helophytic plants) and an orchard. The combination of these various natural elements optimally promotes the development of fauna along the banks of the Seine.
In addition, visual openings between the towpath and Château d'Hautot-sur-Seine, as well as a belvedere, have been set up so that walkers can fully enjoy the site.

Plate forme de Hautot sur Seine

As part of the development of the Rouen Vallée de Seine Logistique Amont platform, in September 2016, HAROPA - Port of Rouen commissioned a 4 km long green lane from Moulineaux to Grand-Couronne.

This soft route complements the existing or future soft routes along the Port and the Seine developed in partnership by HAROPA - Port of Rouen and the local authorities (the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Area and the Seine-Maritime County Council).


Voie verte à Moulineaux