Grand Est Region in France offered EUR 100 million to buy 16 trains from Normandy which will be replaced by the future units ordered from Bombardier.
The agreement was sealed in SNCF’s technical centre in Sotteville-lès-Rouen. “This transfer is a good example of cooperation between two great regions proving the importance of local implication in managing the citizens’ daily life. Their capacity of getting along is a real added value factor for our fellow citizens”, said the President of Normandy Region, Hervé Morin.
Normandy Region has chosen to modernise its rolling stock by placing an order for new regional trains to Bombardier – the Régio 2N Omnéo multiple-units.
Transfer of trains from Normandy between 2021 and 2025
Normandy is not the only region in France that must cope with railway traffic soaring. In Grand Est, the volume of French workers to Luxembourg is growing. “We urgently need rolling stock to meet the demand of Nancy – Metz – Luxembourg railway users”, explains Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region.
“For EUR 100 million, a sum calculated according to the value of the units at the time of the transfer, this is good business”, said Hervé Morin during the ceremony of handing over the first TER to his Grand Est colleague.
The units will be transferred progressively – two units in 2021, 10 in 2024 and four in 2025 so that Bombardier could have enough time to deliver the new generation trains in Normandy.