Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it had won a tender for the new regional double-deck trains organized by the French Railways (SNCF) on behalf of the French Regions. The framework contract calls for design and manufacture of 860 double-deck electrical multiple units (EMUs) for approximately 8 billion euros ($11 billion), subject to exercising some technical options.
SNCF also signed a first firm order for 80 trains valued at approximately 800 million euros ($1.1 billion), financed by the Regions, Bombardier said. So far, six Regions have placed orders, which they will finance: Aquitaine, Bretagne, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Rhône-Alpes.
First deliveries of the initial order are scheduled to takeplace in June 2013 and will continue until December 2015.
Bombardier says it developed a new double-deck train platform especially for this tender at its facility in Crespin, France. It includes: a modular concept to meet the Regions’ various needs in terms of suburban, regional, and intercity services; wide-body cars to offer unmatched capacity and a high level of comfort; and an articulated architecture and wide connectors which create transparency throughout the length of the train and an increased sense of security.
“We thank the Regions and SNCF for their trust in this large-scale project for which Bombardier Crespin teams have demonstrated their creativity and engineering excellence. These teams are now on the starting blocks to implement this important project,” said Jean Bergé, president of Bombardier Transportation France. “The solution created by our engineers is a train which stands out by its width, capacity, comfort, and polyvalence. It will become a reference product, and will support the regional rail transport development in our country.”