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Delta 3: A logistics hub in the heart of Hauts-de-France

Delta 3 is one of the benchmark logistics structures in Hauts-de-France. The site groups a multimodal terminal (road, rail, and inland waterway transport), logistics hubs, and a service sector center, all on the same site in Hauts-de-France. The center boasts a strategic position in terms of traffic through the region, where logistics is a primary driver of the local economy.

Delta 3: An innovative European concept

Launched 15 years ago in Dourges, the Delta 3 multimodal platform had the innovative vision to establish a combined rail, road, and waterway transport terminal, 330,000 m² in state-of-the-art logistics buildings, and a services center, all on the same site, in order to meet distribution needs on a European scale. The site covers more than 400 hectares and is strategically located in the heart of Hauts-de-France, just 20 km from Lille. The site’s ambition is to be a node for the massification of flows and to boost trade upstream of rail stations and ports in the North and in Southern Europe and downstream of the distribution sites in order to promote the sea to inland shipping modal shift. The Hauts-de-France Region wants to play a logistically pivotal role.

Delta 3 in numbers

  • trimodal service from the site: rail, road, and waterway
  • more than 1,800 full-time jobs
  • surface area of warehouses: 520,000 m² of logistics buildings in operation and 240,000 m² under development (50,000 m² will be ready for use in 2020)
  • maximum capacity of about 200,000 annual transhipments

More information on the logistics sector here

A regional center of excellence: Euralogistic

Within the warehouses of Delta 3, the Euralogistic fleet offers amenities that are unique in France: the Euralogistic campus. This makes it possible for future logistics workers to receive training and sharpen their skills in highly needed areas of modern logistics, new technologies, and multimodal transport. Each year, the center trains nearly 2,500 people, from the vocational certificate level to the Master’s level.

Euralogistic also houses offices for service businesses (transport and logistics, freight forwarders, etc.).

To learn more about Euralogistic 

Popularity of Delta 3 for logistics flows

Dachser, Décathlon, Kiabi, Oxybul Eveil & jeux, La Foir’Fouille, Leroy Merlin et Yusen logistics, Rexel, Yamaha motor, Géodis BM multimodal… So many international companies have chosen Delta 3 for setting up their logistics centers within the site and therefore optimizing their logistics flows. The site extension has made it possible to accommodate a programme of new generation logistics buildings which have been awarded a BREEAM environmental rating of very good. There is also a rail connection for freight. 

The logistics platform continues to grow

Due to the growing demand for sites, Delta 3 is doubling its surface area with an additional 350,000 m² of logistics warehouses. Work began in 2014 and continues to this day. This growth operation is estimated at €125 million (construction of buildings, road improvements, landscaping, infrastructure, etc.).

Opening of a multi-service road center

Since 2019 Delta 3 offers a secure 150-space heavy transport truck parking facility with a driver hospitality area featuring lockers, showers, restrooms, a maintenance and repair building (mechanical, bodywork, and tires), and a trailer rental service. In mid 2020 these services will be supplemented by a petrol station for alternative fuels (Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas, Hydrogen and  electric charging stations). A hotel restaurant is also due to open in late 2020.

To learn more about Delta 3

Sources: Delta 3, Stratégies Logistique, La Voix du Nord, Global Rail Network, Les Echos