Alstom has presented the first finished Léman Express regional train for the Franco-Swiss trans-border Cornavin – Eaux-Vives – Annemasse (CEVA) line at its Reichshoffen site, in north-eastern France.
In total, 17 Régiolis trains belonging to Coradia Polyvalent range have been ordered by SNCF, fully financed by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. After nearly 24 months of tests in the Czech Republic, France and Switzerland, the first deliveries will begin in the summer of 2019, with entry into commercial service scheduled for mid-December 2019.
According to the requirements of the trans-border CEVA line, the trains are configured in suburban version, with each 72-metre-long train transporting up to 204 seated passengers at speeds of up to 140 km/h, in accordance with Swiss certification. Designed to ensure cross-border links thanks to ERTMS technology, the trains can run on several types of network voltages (25 kV, 1500 V and 15kV for Germany and Switzerland).
To optimise passenger flows and reduce stopping time in stations, the Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains are equipped with low floors, seven doors on each side, all equipped with bridge plates, and a large reception area on the platforms. It is the first train to comply with the persons with reduced mobility TSI standard. The interior offers enhanced comfort thanks to seats equipped with individual reading lights and electrical sockets, as well as dedicated bicycle and luggage areas. Journey quality is also improved by large windows and reduced noise levels.
The Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains belong to Alstom’s Coradia range of trains, 312 of which have been sold to nine French regions. The fleet has already travelled more than 50 million kilometres in commercial service.