SNCF Mobilités orders new Omneo trains

Bombardier Transportation received a repeat order for 32 Omneo Premium double-deck trainsets (256 cars) from the French railway company SNCF Mobilités, on behalf of the Centre-Val de Loire Region. This repeat order is part of the contract signed in 2010 with SNCF to provide up to 860 double deck trains to French regions and is valued at EUR 375 million. The order is the result of an agreement reached between the state and the region last year to take over the management of three intercity lines (Trains d’Equibilibre du Territoire, TET).
The Centre-Val de Loire Region plans to roll out these new trains on the following very frequently used lines: Paris-Orléans-Tours, Paris-Bourges et Paris-Montargis-Nevers. The first trains will be delivered in 2020 and the rest gradually until 2022.
Specially designed for long intercity journeys, the OMNEO Premium can travel at 200km/h and offers a high level of onboard comfort to meet the demands of long distance travellers. Bombardier developed a new interior design which optimizes available space to the benefit of passengers and seating arrangements. The train will feature a newly developed wide seat with integrated lighting, power plug, and Wi-Fi. It offers improved access via large, platform-level doors, wide corridors and gangways for easy movement throughout the length of the train.
The 110m-long train for the Centre-Val de Loire Region will offer a seating capacity reaching 373 seats in first and second-class cars, with large baggage racks, dynamic passenger information screens, a dedicated area for two wheel-chairs and space for nine bicycles. It will operate in multiple units of two or three.
“This order of OMNEO Premium trains from the Centre-Val de Loire Region confirms the demand for spacious, modern, comfortable trains for intercity journeys”, said Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transport France.

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