France: The state rail operator SNCF has ordered a further 19 Regio 2N double-decker trains for the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
The 19 EMUs will be six cars in length, bringing the total number of cars to 114. The order is worth 176 million euros (195 million USD). It is an option from a framework agreement signed by the two parties in 2010 that includes a maximum order number of 860 trains for the French regions.
These 19 new trains will enter passenger service in the summer of 2023. They will then operate on the Lyon-Mâcon and the Lyon-Valence lines. Upon delivery the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region will have 59 Regio 2N trains.
“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. Designed and manufactured on our site in Crespin in the Hauts-de-France region, the Regio 2N has received the recognized certification 'Origine France Garantie'. Also, the manufacture of the Regio 2N contributes to the entire French rail industry.”
Each trainset will measure 83m in length and come with 385 seats. The trains will also feature wifi, video surveillance and six bicycle spaces. And of course they meet all EU interoperability and accessibility requirements.
So far Bombardier has supplied 428 OMNEO/Regio 2N trains to ten French regions.
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