Hello Paris consortium, in charge of operating the CDG Express, awarded Alstom a EUR 160 million contract for the supply of 13 trains based on Coradia Polyvalent range.
The new trains will be unique to the CDG Express line, particularly in terms of interior fittings and on-board information, which will ensure an optimal passenger experience.
The trains will be entirely designed and manufactured in France, with six of Alstom’s 13 sites in the country being involved in the project.
220 Coradia Polyvalent trains are in circulation and 50 million kilometres have been covered. Hello Paris has opted for optimal passenger experience as well as proven trains already certified on the French national rail network. The trains will also benefit from the feedback and experience gained from Alstom material operated in Ile-de-France under conditions of high traffic density. This accumulation of experience will ensure the highest levels of availability and reliability as soon as they enter commercial service.
“Alstom is delighted to support the Hello Paris consortium as part of the CDG Express project. Manufactured in France, this train will be a showcase of French expertise, which millions of passengers will discover when arriving at and departing from Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and it is a source of great pride for all our employees,” explains Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Senior Vice President France at Alstom.
In 2018, the French government selected Hello Paris consortium, comprising Keolis and RATP Dev to operate the line expected to be opened in January 2024. The contract includes a five-year pre-operational period, from 2019 to 2023 and a fifteen-year operational period starting in 2024 until 2038. The CDG Express will provide a 32-km link between Paris-East station and terminal 2 of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in 20 minutes. 9 million passengers are expected to use this new rail connection.