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Alstom will supply five additional Coradia Polyvalent regional trains to Région Sud in France for approximately €32 million. Deliveries will take place in stages between the end of 2020 and early 2021.
The region had already ordered ten Coradia Polyvalent for Régiolis, which entered service in 2015.
Région Sud and SNCF Mobilités has ordered five dual-mode (electric and thermal) Coradia Polyvalent trains in their regional version, reinforcing the fleet of regional trains. Consisting of four cars each, the trains have a total capacity of 214 seats, with vastly improved levels of comfort for a regional line: seats equipped with individual reading lights and electrical sockets, spaces for bicycles and luggage, large bay windows, and reduced noise and vibration levels.
“Coradia Polyvalent for Régiolis has been a great success with passengers since it began commercial service in France. With more than 50 million kilometres covered by the 250 trains in circulation since 2014, we offer a reliable, tried-and-tested solution,” said Jean-Baptiste Eymeoud, President of Alstom France.
Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, commented: “Alstom is a real example of know-how in matters of innovation and it is without hesitation that we renew our confidence in them. We have always been committed to improving the transport conditions of our passengers. The acquisition of this new material will enable us to offer modernity and more comfortable regional trips to the thousands of users in Région Sud who, every day, take the train to work.”
Coradia Polyvalent belongs to Alstom’s Coradia range of trains. Thanks to its modular design, it can be adapted to the requirements of each transport authority as well as to different types of use: suburban, regional and intercity. It comes in three lengths (56, 72 or 110 metres) and offers optimum comfort for passengers, whatever the length of the journey. The train is both economical and environmentally friendly thanks to its low energy consumption, its compliance with the latest emissions standards in thermal mode and its reduced maintenance costs. Pre-equipped to receive ERTMS technology, Régiolis is the first French regional train to comply with all European standards, in particular in terms of access for passengers with reduced mobility.
To date, 333 Coradia trains have been ordered as part of the contract awarded to Alstom by SNCF Mobilités in October 2009, including 272 Coradia Polyvalent and 61 Coradia Liner trains.
This train also meets the needs of the export market: 17 were ordered by SNTF (Algeria) and 15 by APIX (Senegal).
The development and manufacture of Coradia Polyvalent mobilises more than 4,000 jobs in France with Alstom and its suppliers. Six of Alstom’s 12 sites in France are involved in the project: Reichshoffen for the design and assembly, Ornans for the motors, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction, Villeurbanne for the on-board electronics and Saint-Ouen for the design.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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