The Grand Est region in France has purchased an additional 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent trains. The value of this contract is roughly 360 million euros.
Alstom will deliver the 39 trains in this order between 2022 and 2024.
Of the 39 trains, 30 are designated for cross-border travel into Germany. These four-car trains will be dual mode, capable of running at 25kV (France) and 15kV (Germany). They also comply will all relevant German safety requirements. With an operating speed of 160km/h, they will serve Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, the three German federal states bordering the Grand Est region.
These trains will feature a first-class area as well as space for bicycles. They will also incorporate the European Commission regulation no. 1300/2014 on the Technical Specifications for interoperability relating to persons with reduced mobility. Complying with the regulation, the trains feature more spacious toilets for example. The Coradia Polyvalent is the first French regional train to comply with all European standards. Alstom will deliver the first of these cross-border trains in late 2023.
This is the second time the Coradia Polyvalent will run on cross-border operations. Earlier this year the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region ordered 17 Léman Express Coradia Polyvalent trains, which are to be commissioned on the CEVA cross-border route between France and Switzerland in mid-December 2019.
Grand Est ordered a further nine Coradia Polyvalent trains to build up its existing fleet. It will deploy these for domestic services. Five of the nine trains will be four-car units, the remaining four will be six-car units. These trains will exhibit the same features as the rolling stock already operating in France’s Grand Est region.
“Alstom is proud of this new sign of trust from the Grand Est region. The expertise and innovation capacities of our French teams are mobilised to support the region in developing cross-border mobility. This order also contributes to the activity of Alstom's Reichshoffen site.”
Grand Est had previously ordered 40 Coradia Polyvalent trains from Alstom. Of these, the French rolling stock manufacturer has already delivered 36. SNCF awarded Alstom a contract for an initial 100 Coradia Polyvalent trains in October 2009. To date, SNCF has ordered 387 Coradia Polyvalent trains as part of that contract.
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