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SNCF Mobility Orders Additional Trains for Intercity Services

Alstom is to supply SNCF Mobility with 30 trains from its Coradia platform, for an amount worth approximately €250 million. The order was placed in the context of the renewal of the Corail trains on the Intercity lines. Delivery of the new trains is scheduled from September 2018 onwards.

Coradia Liner
Alstom’s Coradia Liner © Alstom / Jean Schweitzer

These 30 new trains will benefit several routes: Paris – Amiens – Boulogne, services to Montluçon from Paris and Bourges, Clermont-Ferrand – Nîmes (Cévenol), Toulouse – Hendaye, as well as lines in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (Bordeaux – La Rochelle, Bordeaux – Limoges). They are in addition to the 34 Coradia Liner trains ordered in October 2013 for the Intercity lines, the first of which were delivered to SNCF Mobility in November 2016.

Alstom’s Coradia Range of Modular Trains

The 30 new trains come in three layouts: 19 trains with main line comfort levels, including ten 110-metre dual-mode trains and nine 72-metre electric trains, and eleven 72-metre dual-mode trains with regional comfort levels. The trains will be able to accommodate 165 passengers in their short version or 300 passengers in their long version.

The trains meet the requirements of SNCF Mobility perfectly in terms of performance, comfort and passenger services. They are accessible to all passengers and come with large bay windows and ambient interior lighting; on-board movement is more fluid and new reclining seats have been fitted with armrests equipped with electric sockets and coat hangers.

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The trains also possess large doors and platforms to optimise circulation inside the train and passenger exchange in stations, therefore travel time. Traction is distributed throughout the train and energy consumption is lower compared to previous models. The train architecture has been specially designed for easy maintenance. The trains conform to current European standards and are capable of running on all tracks on the conventional network.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom in France, said:

“The first Coradia Liner Intercity trains, which run at 160 km/h, were approved and delivered at the end of 2016 and placed into commercial service in February 2017. This additional order is excellent news and will ensure the workload of our Reichshoffen site for 2018”

Original article © Alstom.

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