Sintropher is a European project over a period of 5 years and worth 23 million euro, co-financed by the INTERREG IVB programme for North West Europe. Its goal is to develop sustainable, profitable solutions to improve the accessibility of semi-rural regions with low population density (‘holes in the European Pentagon’) and areas outside the Pentagon, at the edge of national territories, that are handicapped by the poor accessibility of central European regions via railway and airline junctions. These connections are realised by regional tram systems with multimodal transfer points onto(inter)national railway and airline junctions. The aim of the collaboration is to exchange knowledge between the regions, look for innovative solutions and a partial financing of the realisation if it occurs within the duration of the programme. The five European regions that participate in this project are: Noordhessen (Kassel, Germany), Fylde Coast (Blackpool, UK), West Flanders (Diksmuide, Veurne, Koksijde Belgium), Valenciennes (France) and Nijmegen-Kleve (The Netherlands).
De Lijn West Flanders participates in this project with the tram line extension Koksijde-Veurne and the construction of a multimodal junction in Veurne.