France: First RER New Generation Train Delivered to SNCF

The first RER New Generation (NG) 130-metre-long train has arrived at SNCF’s Technicentre in Villeneuve Saint-George.

Staff will now receive operational training before it’s put into passenger service on the RER E line at the start of the 2023 school year.

First RER NG train at the Technicentre in Villeneuve Saint-Georges for training SNCF operating teams.
First RER NG train at the Technicentre in Villeneuve Saint-Georges for training SNCF operating teams

The new 130-metre-long train offers improved lighting, air conditioning and heating, as well as USB charging points and a real-time information system.

The trains have been designed with reduced mobility passengers in mind and are equipped with an audible location assistance system for the visually impaired.

The doors are also approximately two metres wide to make it easier for wheelchair users, as well as larger numbers of passengers, to enter and exit the train.

Inside, the vehicle is open, with no separation between cars. It has two floors and spacious reception areas. This enables travellers to move around inside the vehicle and find a seat more easily.

The introduction of the RER NG is part of Île-de-France Mobilités’ project to modernise the Ile-de-France network’s rolling stock, improving the reliability of services and customer comfort.

A total of 255 NG trains will be deployed across both the RER D and E lines (130 on the RER D and 125 on the RER E), and are expected to transport 1.23 million passengers each day.

These will be built in France by Alstom, which was awarded the contract back in 2017 and join the new Francilien, Regio2N, MP14 – and later MF19 – vehicles.

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