Dynamic tests began for the future MP14 train destined by Alstom to operate Line 14 of the Île-de-France metro. The tests will be carried out until summer 2019 to check the train’s performance – braking, traction, electromagnetic compatibility, acoustic comfort, climate comfort. The first MP14 train is currently undergoing tests on line 1 that allows for optimal analysis of the material’s performance before it joins line 14.
On Line 14, RATP will carry out tests on the trains’ automatic control system and on-board audio-visual equipment. After this stage will be completed and the authorisation will be obtained, the train will enter commercial services. Depending on how the tests progress, this entry into service will take place between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
In total, 72 new trains will be delivered over the next five years, at a cost of over EUR 1 billion, a contract entirely financed by Île-de-France Mobilités. The MP14 material will also equip lines 4 (a six-car train) and 11 (a five-car train with a driver) of the Île-de-France metro from 2021 and 2022 respectively.
The arrival of an eight-car train, compared to six currently on line 14, will make it possible to support developments on line 14 up until 2024, notably in terms of traffic, with extensions to the north towards Saint-Denis Pleyel and south towards Orly likely to increase the number of daily passengers from 500,000 to 1 million. The material will also reduce the trains’ energy consumption by 20% and provide greater comfort to passengers, with interior noise levels diminished by 40% and new, more ergonomic seating. The MP14 will also offer a number of seats reserved for people with reduced mobility, surpassing the regulations in force.