The 6th international meeting of HGV drivers and motorway staff was well attended!

More than 120 drivers joined us on Tuesday June 20th at the Lugos Est rest area to commit themselves to road safety and mutual respect!

A great success for this 6th edition (2 x more than for the first in 2018!), which connected us at European level to the ASFINAG, DARS d.d., Portuguese and Slovakian networks, thanks to ASECAP.

What could be more natural for drivers used to crossing Europe! A lot of local drivers too, who listened to Radio Atlandes Autoroute or read the announcements on the variable message signs!
This action is fully in line with the new national campaign on road worker safety run by the French Ministry for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion and the Prefecture of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Prefecture of Gironde.

It was a great opportunity to discuss traffic problems (getting through the Bordeaux traffic jam!) or parking problems, and the solutions we can provide, in particular with the presentation of the project to redevelop the Lugos Est area into a “column” car park, developed by our German colleagues from BAsT and presented in the special issue of PIARC’s “Routes & Roads” magazine.

This is a special moment that allows us to show both our drivers and our Egis agents how valuable they are, by offering them, once again this year:

  • to take part in a gestures and postures workshop with the Profeel team
  • to pick up, to mark their commitment, a customised T-shirt of very high quality this year as it was produced from organic cotton in conversion in Portugal (natural for the A63!) by the French company Native Spirit, found by our partner Yumie Boutique in Bordeaux
  • as well as the “duo” photo taken by our official photographer Alain Caboche

Great thanks to Gilles Savary, former minister and transport expert, and Diane Duvert, vice-president of the Bordeaux Gironde Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for coming along – a wonderful token of recognition for these professions and our initiative!

Thanks also to the professional organisations OTRE and FNTR, to our partners 2023 Scania France, Truck Parking Europe and Michelin, and of course to our conductor PJC!


Drive well and see you next year !!




Atlandes well rated in GRESB 2022 assessment

For the third year, Atlandes has followed the demanding GRESB Assessment process.

Atlandes is very proud to be on a very positive track, reaching the 2nd position for its peer group of Europe – Motorways – Maintenance and Operation, with five stars and 94/100 ranking.

The GRESB 2022 Assessment capture information regarding ESG performance and sustainability best practices and produce an analysis and ranking of many items among which Environment indicators (Greenhouse gas emissions, governance, social actions…).

For Atlandes, it is a good incentive to go forward on ESG requirements and also a way of gaining recognition for the level of awareness on ESG topics, and for all initiatives and good performance reached up to now.

Reopening of A63 motorway

Given the situation and the expected traffic, the authorities have decided to reopen the A63 to traffic in both directions on the entire section managed by Atlandes, from Salles to Saint Geours de Maremne.

However, the fires have not been brought under control and the risk remains high.

Service areas remain closed.

A new closure cannot be ruled out.

For light vehicles heading towards Bordeaux, the bypass route remains the Bis Nantes Paris route from Liposthey to Langon. The map of the route can be downloaded here.

A63 closure due to forest fires

This Wednesday August 10th 2022, due to the evolution of the forest fires approaching from the east of the A63, the motorway is completely closed:
– between the A660 and Liposthey (exit 17) in the North > South (Bordeaux > Spain) direction
– on the whole section from Saint Geours de Maremne (exit 9) to Salles (junction 21) in the South > North (Spain > Bordeaux) direction.

For trucks, trafic is diverted both direction by the motorways A64 – A65 – A62 – Bordeaux Ring.

For light vehicles, the diversion routes are indicated on the map below:


#(S)heWorks #ICare : a day focused on others

They come from two different worlds and yet they have the road in common

#(S)heWorks #ICare, it’s a mix of different people, cultures and stories which would never have exchanged without this event. In partnership with Truck Parking Europe, Save Assistance/DocStop and this year Scania, Atlandes and Egis Exploitation Aquitaine will surprise you with an atypical day.

For the 5th edition of this flagship event, HGV drivers and Patrollers will meet on the Magescq West rest area, on Thursday March 10, 2022, between 10 am and 4 pm. A special day to make prevention with kindness and fun! It’s also an opportunity to highlight sometimes forgotten professions. This year in particular the event will take on a new dimension by placing women in the spotlight. It will also extend to Europe, particularly in Portugal on the A24 highway, in the presence of the new ASECAP president, António NUNES DE SOUSA.

There are faces that we don’t forget…

A transitory photographic studio will be set up in the rest area to create a strong link between truckers and Egis employees. The objective is to anchor vigilance in the memories to guarantee the protection of patrollers in the long term.

To act, is to protect!

The HGV drivers role is to protect the others and themselves applying the adequate practices on the road. To illustrate this awareness, drivers will leave with a customized t-shirt, a sign of their commitment to safety.

A motor to explain many things

To overcome language barriers, the company AlixM will do a street performance with poetry and a motor to image a story without words.

These small gestures that make the difference

To take care of HGV drivers, Atlandes organizes a new workshop with personal trainers : free preventive exercises to improve driving posture. An animation focused on health of men and women who travel thousands of miles to support everyone’s needs.

To consult the press release of the event, click here.

To watch the video of the previous edition, click here.


ITS WC 2021 Hamburg: presenting the A63 automated test site for CCAM

For the 2021 Intelligent Transport System World Congress held in Hamburg, the A63 automated test site for CCAM, supported by Region Nouvelle Aquitaine, was first presented on the Business France booth by the four partners of the project: NeoGLS, l’Université Gustave Eiffel, ATLANDES et GEOSAT.


The aim was to get in touch with stakeholders interested in using the A63 testbed for connected and autonomous vehicle.
A short video showing the methodology and the main characteritics has been made by GEOSAT and can be watched on our YouTube channel.

For more information, see the dedicated website:

Road freight: Routes & Roads latest issue released !

The quarterly Magazine of PIARC, the world road association, devote its 1st quarter 2021 issue to road freight transport.

ATLANDES is proud to have substantially contributed to this issue and to be honored by coverage !



Beyond items related to A63 regarding truck spacing and silhouettes or “He Works I Care” actions, find out more on Texas and the identification of technology application useful for freight, on Hydrogen for road freight, on expert system for identifying appropriate logistic areas in Austria or the key issues on weigh in motion and high capacity vehicles in South America.

And if you feel more like an historian, learn more about road history with the reasoned historic overview or more specifically on Mexica’s logitics 500 years ago…

Have a nice reading !

2020 ITS World Congress: ITS All Access !

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress due in Los Angeles this week has been brightly virtualized by its organisers as a virtual event “ITS World Congress ALL ACCESS”. An immersive experience of education sessions, discussion groups, virtual sessions with questions and answers, which helps keeping the track of a fast moving industry servong mobility and transport organisation.

Register free on ITS All Access website.

ATLANDES is honored to be invited to take part to a special PIARC session on road freight on October 8th at 5.15 pm (Paris time). More following link.

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#HEWORKS #ICARE 3rd edition on A63: more than 60 drivers calling !

On July 9th 2020, ATLANDES proposed truck drivers from all nations to gather on Porte des Landes Ouest service area to take part to an event promoting road employees safety. This 3rd edition gathered more than 60 drivers, despite the COVID-19 context, who had the opportunity to discuss with road patrol employees. They took part to the photo shooting and to a short “contactless quizz” on road safety..



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An always very friendly time, where smiles were present though sometimes covered by masks ! Thanks to all participants !

See the Video


>> See the annoucement item.

#HeWorks #ICare : 9 July “Porte des Landes-Ouest” service area

→ A “contactless” but still 100% human event for the safety of motorway patrolmen! ←

Atlandes and Egis Exploitation Aquitaine, in partnership with Truck Parking Europe renew, for the 3rd year, their event for truckers.
Besides intending to heighten truckers awareness of patrollers security, this year the purpose is to thank truck drivers for their commitment during the crisis linked to COVID-19.


HE WORKS I CARE 2020A human and positive event

The operation aims to generate the commitment of HGV drivers by making them actors so that they durably strengthen their awareness of patrollers working on the motorway. The objective of the event is to create a friendly moment in which truck drivers and patrollers share a moment around a cup of coffee.



Photocall, “contactless” quiz and gifts for truckers

A transitory photographic studio will be set up on the rest area to create a strong link between truckers and Egis employees. They will take part together to a « shooting » while respecting barrier gestures, and each truck driver will leave with a photo and a customized t-shirt, a mark of his commitment! An innovative quiz (contactless buzzer working with light beams) will also be proposed in order to recall security practices.

Cultural momentJean Claude Raspiengeas A63 Atlandes

Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, author of ” Routiers – Ils sont au coeur de nos vies” will be present on this occasion to autograph his book *. Atlandes supports the author by purchasing a few copies of the book which will be distributed to patrol officers. The general public will also have the opportunity to interact with the writer and buy the book at the service station shop.

*Released on June 10 and available for sale at the 4 service stations (Aire de la Porte des Landes + Aire de l’Océan)