Alstom Unveil Ile-de-France MP14 Trainset Design
Alstom have unveiled the new design for the MP14 trainset which will begin operating passenger services in in Ile-de-France from 2019. The framework contract is worth more than €2 billion. It was awarded in 2015, and relates to the delivery of up to 217 MP14 over the course of 15 years.
The unveiling was attended by Alstom Chairman and CEO, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France and Council President of the STIF, Valérie Pécresse, Elisabeth Borne, Chief Executive Of9ficer of theRATP, Philippe Yvin, Chair of the Executive Board of the Société du Grand Paris (SGP), Stéphane Beaudet, Vice President for Transport of the Ile-de-France region and Vice-President of the STIF, and Managing Director of the STIF, Laurent Probst.
Of Alstom’s French sites, Valenciennes will provide studies, integration, validation and tests, le Creusot will provide the bogies, Villeurbanne will provide the onboard electronics, Ornans will supply the motors, Tarbes will supply the traction, Reichshoffen will deliver the collision studies and the design will be delivered by Saint-Ouen. The project will use 2000 employees in France from Alstom and its suppliers.
The event marks the progress of the first settled part of the contract, relating to the delivery of 35 trainsets. This part of the contract is worth €250 million, and is entirely financed by STIF. The trains will operate on the extended Line 14 of the Ile-de-France metro, which is operated by the RATP. The new eight-car trainsets will replace the six-car trainsets which currently operate on the line. The new metros will later operate on lines 4, 11 and 14 (when line 14 is extended to Orly, south of the Grand Paris Express).
The trainsets are the result of a collaboration between the STIF, the RATP and the SGP. It features streamlined contours and a light signature and aesthetic design which is consistent with platform doors at the stations. The design is in-keeping with current STIF rolling stock on the metro. Its livery will keep the colours of the STIF and the RATP.
The inside layout is intended to enhance passenger experience, with alcoves to create an atmosphere of “conviviality and privacy”. The large reception areas are universally accessible, offering dedicated spaces to wheelchair users as well as passengers with pushchairs. The seats are boomerang-shaped in order to increase passenger flow and improve capacity. MP14 also features LED lighting, air conditioning, and CCTV. It also has adynamic information system.
The trainset’s 100% electrical braking system recuperates energy and recycles it back into the network, all the while limiting fine particle emission (created by mechanical braking). This reduces energy consumption and air pollution by up to 20% as against rubber-tyred metro trains currently running on the network.
Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman and CEO, said
“We are proud to unveil this state-of-the-art metro, a reference in sustainable mobility, which will be appreciated by the Parisians for its comfort and reliability. The entire French rail industry has joined forces to create a competitive, innovative product with high standard of performance that will provide complete satisfaction to the inhabitants of Ile-de-France and, we hope, will be further confirmed in other orders.”
Valérie Pécresse, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France and Council President of the STIF, said:
“I am committed to carrying out a transport revolution through the renewal of 700 trainsets, including the RER, by 2021. I have not forgotten the metro. With MP14, over 200 trainsets could be replaced for over 2 billion euros. This represents nearly one third of all the metros in Ile de France. The inhabitants of Ile de France will thus be able to ascertain the design quality of these new metros, particularly in 2019 on Line 14, then on the extension to Line 11 where the trains in circulation today were designed nearly 60 years ago.”
Elisabeth Borne, Chief Executive Officer of the RATP, said:
“The arrival of MP14 symbolises the accelerated modernisation of the RATP’s networks to offer greater comfort and more services to our passengers. These new trains, energy efficient and equipped with LEDs, reflect the priority accorded to sustainable cities by the RATP. In every carriage, MP14 offers six seats for passengers with reduced mobility as well as space for a wheelchair in each end carriage. The new trainsets of Line 14 will be maintained by the RATP in a new maintenance and storage site based in Saint-Ouen.”