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Caen Normandie,a central location

Caen Normandie benefits from a central location between Paris, Northern France and Brittany, offering great opportunities for businesses.

The entire Caen la Mer territory will benefit from full fibre optic coverage by 2021. This infrastructure will enable all stakeholders to implement and access very high bandwidth telecommunication services: data transfer, international exchange, etc., and will allow for the development and experimentation of new applications and new usages, in particular in the field of healthcare. How to choose the right very high bandwidth offer?

Caen Normandie is at the heart of a vast market (Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Brittany, Pays de la Loire):

  • A market potential of 16.3 million inhabitants (25% of the population of mainland France), including 4 million aged > 60 years, 6.02 million < 30 years, 1,310,000 establishments.
  • A yearly figure of 56.7 million visiting tourists,
  • A customer catchment area of 420,000 inhabitants, an area of influence of 860,000 inhabitants.
  • 3,095km of French coast (685 of which are in Normandy) attracting a range of leisure, water sport, fishing and sea transport activities, together with projects for Marine Renewable Energy.
  • and 19 nuclear reactors for a generated power of 21,000 Mwe i.e. 1/3 of the French total.

Getting here / travelling by plane

Caen-Carpiquet airport is particularly dynamic and offers the advantage of avoiding the rush of Parisian airports. From April to October, flights to Corsica (Figari, Ajaccio and Bastia). New destinations are proposed every year. The runway will be extended in 2022 to welcome larger planes and new airlines.

Getting here / travelling by boat

Ouistreham, the leading cross Channel and 10th ranking French port is on the shores of the English Channel, the busiest freight transport waterway in the world. In the heart of the Bay of Seine, its multiplicity and know-how are quite characteristic: ferry terminals and regular lines, bulk and conventional traffic. Organisation within the Haropa port network, the concentration of supermarket distribution goods flow and the e-commerce boom are all paving the way to new prospects for the Port of Caen-Ouistreham. Coming soon – a maintenance base for the offshore wind farm off Courseulles.

Brittany Ferries operates 3 daily return sails between Ouistreham and Portsmouth (crossing time: 6 hours).

 

  • In particular, the link provides a share of logistics transport between the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles.
  • Several vessels, among them the Mont Saint Michel ferry (with a capacity of 2,170 passengers, 830 cars and 812 beds).

Getting here / travelling by car

Just two hours from Paris and on the Calais-Bayonne route, Caen Normandie’s geographical situation renders the area a necessary passing point for a range of logistics needs. The road network comprises a ring road (27km), 16 interchanges linked to 3 motorways (including the toll-free motorway to Rennes then Nantes).

Several ongoing road development projects:

  • Hamelin slip road (North plateau, at the future CHU university hospital)
  • Security reinforcements on the North ring road
  • Port access (Presqu’île, Port of Caen-Ouistreham) linked to the A13 motorway
  • North Urban Boulevard
  • Incubator/business centre interchange (Quartier Koenig from the ring road)
  • Industrial Boulevard, south-east of the conurbation: link between business parks
  • Mondeville 2 – North ring road slip road
  • A13 motorway: upgrade to 2×3 lanes.

Getting here / travelling by train

From the railway station, located in Caen’s town centre, Caen Normandie is:

  • 2 hours from the Parisian Gare Saint-Lazare station in the heart of Europe’s leading business districts.
  • 1 hour from the centre of Rouen.
  • As from 2020, new wagons equipped with WiFi will be brought into service on the Cherbourg-Caen-Paris line.
  • Several connections are available for your ongoing journey, direct from the same station
  • Twisto, the urban bus and tram network, with links to the airport and the ferry terminal. 2019 will mark the launch of the new tracked tramway service and a second line to the Presqu’île.
  • Bus Verts bus network throughout the département of Calvados and to Le Havre (1h30)
  • National coach service (Ouibus, Flixbus …)

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