SNCF Technicentre has received the first five Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains for the cross-border CEVA line, between Cornavin, via Eaux-Vives to Annemasse.
Five trains will now be delivered each month until the end of November, with entry into commercial service scheduled for 15 December 2019.
In 2015, SNCF exercised a EUR 160 million option for 17 Coradia Polyvalent trains financed by the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, to run on the Léman Express, Europe’s largest cross-border rail network, totalling 230 km served by 45 stations.
Each 72-metre train has a capacity of 204 seated passengers and is able to run at speeds of up to 140 km/h, in accordance with Swiss certification. The trains are equipped with a full low floor, seven doors on each side, all with bridge plates, and a large reception area on the platforms. The interior offers increased comfort thanks to the seats equipped with individual reading lights and electrical sockets and the spaces dedicated to bicycles and luggage. Large windows and reduced noise levels also improve the quality of the journey.
Designed to ensure cross-border connections with ERTMS technology, Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains can run on several types of network voltages, with 25 kV, 1500 V and 15kV for Germany and Switzerland. Coradia Polyvalent is the first train to comply with the PRM-TSI standard
The Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains contribute to providing a sustainable alternative to the car for the daily commutes of Greater Geneva’s residents, as well as a better service to the economic and tourist hubs of the entire region. Currently, 16% of the 550,000 daily cross-border trips are made on public transport.