SNCF, on behalf of the Region Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, awarded Bombardier a EUR 176 million contract for the supply of 19 Regio 2N, double deck trains (114 cars). This firm order is part of a framework agreement signed with SNCF in 2010 which provides for the manufacture of up to 860 trains for the French Regions.
The new trains will enter services on the Lyon – Mâcon and Lyon – Valence lines in 2023. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is continuing to consolidate its Regio 2N fleet, which will comprise 59 Regio 2N.
The Regio 2N trains are designed and manufactured at Crespin site in the Hauts-de-France region.
The new 83-metre trainsets will offer a capacity of 385 seats and can be operated in multiple units with the 40 Regio 2N fleet already operating in the Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
The trains will be equipped with WIFI, a video surveillance system, six bicycle slots and will meet all European interoperability and accessibility requirements.
“The Regio 2N is a high capacity, double-deck train that combines capacity, comfort and accessibility. This equipment has proved its worth and is perfectly suited to the needs of the regional and peri-urban lines of the Region Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, which, after Ile-de-France are the national rail network’s most heavily loaded.” said Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France.