Brand new concept: articulated wide-body double-deck train designed and built at Bombardier’s site in Crespin in Northern France
Bombardier Transportation 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 contemplates the design and manufacturing of 860 double-deck electrical multiple units (EMU) for a total amount of approximately 8 billion euros ($11 billion US), subject to exercising some technical options. With this framework contract, SNCF also signed a first firm order for 80 trains valued at approximately 800 million euros ($1.1 billion US), financed by the Regions.
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 this firm order are scheduled to take place in June 2013 and will continue until December 2015.
Bombardier developed a new double-deck train platform especially for this tender. It includes the following characteristics:
- 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;
- an articulated architecture and wide connectors which create transparency throughout the length of the train and an increased sense of security.
This train features technical innovations in terms of reliability, availabililty, and sustainability, while generating economic benefits, like reduced maintenance costs and energy consumption.
The new regional double-deck train was created by Bombardier teams in Crespin, in Northern France. Bombardier will also design, build and test these vehicles at the site. As the largest industrial rail site in France and a partner of the Nord-Pas de Calais Rail Competitivity Cluster, the Crespin facility has a staff of 2,000, including 500 engineers and managers. It relies upon a wide network of local suppliers and sub-contractors. Several suppliers have decided to set up their operations next to Bombardier, in the Trans Avenir industrial park, reinforcing local employment opportunities and economy.
“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.”
About Bombardier Transportation in France
A major player in the French rail market, Bombardier Transportation operates at its Crespin facility in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region which houses Centres of Excellence for bogies, reliability and onboard electronics, as well as a certified testing laboratory. The company develops a wide range of rail rolling stock products. Two milestone contracts demonstrate Bombardier’s capabilities: l’Autorail Grande Capacité (AGC) a regional train with 700 train sets ordered by 21 French Regions, which scores high on passenger satisfaction polls; and the BOMBARDIER SPACIUM, co-financed by the French National Railways (SNCF) and Ile-de-France Transport Authority STIF, a state-of-the-art suburban train which started commercial service – as planned – on 13 December 2009. Bombardier also participates in the MF 2000 metro vehicles and the MI09 RER A for the Paris Metro RATP. BOMBARDIER FLEXITY tramways operate in the cities of Marseille and Strasbourg.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, the global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
Photos : Interior and exterior renderings of the new double-deck train for the French Regions.
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