SNCF named CAF the preferred bidder for the supply of 28 intercity trains valuated at EUR 700 million. The decision will be made the SNCF Mobilités’ Board of Directors.
Eighteen months ago, the State asked SNCF to conduct a call for 28 trains to run on the Paris – Clermont-Ferrand and Paris – Limoges – Toulouse lines, with an option for additional 75 trains, including 15 trains for Bordeaux – Marseille line.
The new trains will enter services from 2023, replacing Corail trains and their locomotives, some of which are over 40 years old.
The new EMUs will be specifically designed for medium and long-distance services, being able to run at speeds of 200 km/h. They will be equipped with ergonomic seats, autonomous access for PRM passengers, both from platforms and inside the train, Wi‐Fi, power outlets and USB ports, stowage for ten bicycles, and galleys for high quality cart catering.
These intercity trains will be manufactured at Bagnères‐de‐Bigorre plant, in the Hautes Pyrenees and at Beasain, in the Basque Country in Spain.
The Bagnères‐de‐Bigorre will become an industrial campus, consisting of a modern factory and a training centre. New workshops covering 11,000 m2 would be built as part of a renovation project with a total surface of 20,000m2.
CAF is investing EUR 30 million for the plant development in Bagnères.