The French national rail operator SNCF, on behalf of Île-de-France Mobilités, ordered from Bombardier Transportation three additional Omneo 2N regional trains. The order is part of a contract signed in 2010 by the two companies for the supply of up to 860 Omneo Regio 2N trains to the French regions.
The additional trains will be delivered from the end of 2023 and will enter passenger services on the R & D-Lines, joining the existing Omneo Regio 2N trainsets. Previously ordered trains made their inaugural debut on the SNCF Transilien network’s N-Line, between Paris-Montparnasse and Sèvres-Rive Gauche stations, on December 14, 2020.
Upon delivery, the Île-de-France region, which includes Paris, will operate a fleet of 145 new-generation of trainsets manufactured by Bombardier. Seventy-three of these trains will be in service on the N-Line. Choosing a fleet from the same product family provides operators with greater flexibility while optimising maintenance costs, enabling these extra trainsets to improve the regularity of the service in the region.
The architecture of the Omneo 2N regional trains is made up of alternating single and double-level coaches, particularly adapted to the requirements of the Paris region’s dense lines. This unique configuration combines capacity, accessibility, and comfort and tailors to the needs of Ile-de-France’s passengers. With level access and two doors per side, the single-level coaches make it easier for travellers to board and exit. The Omneo Regio 2N train also has a “boa” architecture, making it easy to move from one car to another thanks to wide interconnections.
These elements ensure optimal passenger flow as well as a better distribution of passengers in the train, reducing dwell time at stations and contributing to an increased regularity in service.
This train family also offer more capacity than the Z2N or VB2N trains that they replace and can accommodate up to 2,100 passengers when running in long configuration with two trains coupled together.
The trains are designed to ensure compliance with European accessibility standards offering step-free level access to make entering and exiting the train smoother and safer for everyone including passengers in wheelchairs or with strollers or luggage.
Double glazing on the windows, air conditioning and underfloor heating ensure comfortable travel in both winter and summer while large bay windows increase natural light during the day. The trains also feature intelligent and energy efficient lighting, providing soft, soothing illumination for morning and evening travellers.