Location & access
- Region: Ile-de-France
- Département: Yvelines
- Area: 718ha
- Height above sea level: 32.80m
The town of Carrières-sous-Poissy is situated on the right bank of the Seine, 30 minutes from Paris by train (SNCF/RATP train station in Poissy) or by car on the A13 and A14 (come through Orgeval).
Grouping with other municipalities
Communauté d’Agglomération des Deux Rives de Seine (CA2RS)
- Population: 15,004 (in 2009)
- Density: 2,087 people/sq. km
Carrières is a young town: 28.7% of the population are under 20 and 7.9% are over 65.
A brief history
The town is thought to take its name from its main business: the rubble stone quarries. The “sous Poissy” part of its name became final in 1832.
Carrières was once a hub for the river fleet, and a major farming and market-gardening centre. In the early 20th century, the town was home to a race horse training centre on the current Château Vanderbilt site (named after the wealthy American owner and horse-racing enthusiast).
Cultural heritage: the Aventure automobile car collection, Château Vanderbilt, artesian well, old navigational lock, old bridge, etc.
Living conditions & environment
Numerous green spaces and walks: Etang de la Galiotte, Ile de la dérivation, Parc de l’Hôtel de ville, Terrain de la Fosse, Parc Provence, sports trail on the banks of the Seine, hiking trails, etc.
The Parc du Peuple de l’herbe will be built in the town in 2016. It will be the largest recreational and landscape park in the Yvelines (113 hectares, listed as a sensitive natural area).
- Selective waste collection
- Waste collection centre
- Anti-visual pollution measures
- Anti-fly-tipping measures
- Agenda 21
- Tertiary centre of the PSA Peugeot Citroen group
- Business parks: Z.A. des Bords de Seine (40,000 m² of multi-family housing and 40,000 m² of office space), ZAC Écopôle Seine Aval (50 hectares)