BERLIN -TRANSPORTATION = Bombardier Transportation won an order to supply 42 Regio 2N train sets to the Syndicat des Transports d’Ile-de-France (STIF) and SNCF. This order for 42 double-deck trains is an additional order in the framework of an ongoing contract signed in 2010 and is valued at approximately 397 million euro ($484 million US). Delivery of the new trains will start from September 2017 and the trains will operate on Line R of the Parisian suburban network.
The STIF and SNCF selected the long eight-car suburban Regio 2N version from the BOMBARDIER OMNEO platform of extra-wide double-deck electrical multiple units (EMU).
The 110m-trains will have five seats in each row, two seats on one side of the corridor and three seats on the other, in order to offer more seating capacity compared to conventional double-deck trains. The Regio 2N trains are designed to operate with three units coupled together, enabling it to transport a total of 3,120 passengers of which 1,746 passengers can travel seated.
Passengers will appreciate seats with arm rests and electrical sockets, wide windows, indirect lighting, a “tube”-style architecture for more transparency and security. A modern information system with sound and screens will keep passengers well informed and the intelligent air conditioning system will adjust according to the number of passengers on board.
All doors provide level access from 55 centimetre station platforms. Two cars in each train set are equipped for persons with reduced mobility, with an automatically operated ramp and two areas for wheelchairs. The Regio 2N complies one hundred percent with European accessibility standards (TSI PRM).
The eight 1.6 metre access doors and the wide gangways of 2.3 metres will ease the flow of passengers boarding and leaving the train to optimize stopping time in stations. The passenger alarm and the automatic door shutting management system, a tailor-made solution for Ile-de-France operations and successfully proven with the Francilien fleet, will contribute to the punctuality of the service. The Regio 2N innovations also bring benefits in terms of operational costs with energy savings of about 20% per passenger thanks to BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies such as the BOMBARDIER MITRAC Permanent Magnet Motor, the electrical energy reuse during braking and a light steel structure.
The Regio 2N fleet offers substantial maintenance optimization, resulting from the joint cooperation with SNCF experts. These trains will benefit from economies of scale of a platform widely spread out in ten Regions, including Ile-de-France.
“Bombardier is delighted with this breakthrough order for Ile-de-France and Paris suburban network which is a confirmation of the benefits that the Regio 2N fleet can bring in terms of operating costs, comfort and seating capacity,” said Jean-Baptiste Eymeoud, Vice President Projects, Western Europe, Bombardier Transportation.
The Regio 2N train belongs to the new BOMBARDIER OMNEO double-deck train platform. The Bombardier teams in its Crespin site in the North of France have designed it to meet a wide range of needs. The version selected by the STIF for line R will benefit from all the SNCF and Bombardier expertise in Ile-de-France trains. Today, Line H, which is fully operated with a Francilien fleet, is the most punctual line of the SNCF Transilien network in Greater Paris.
As the Regio 2N is modular, it is possible to select from five train lengths from 81m to 135m, speed of 160 km/h or 200 km/h, interior configurations for suburban, regional or intercity services and from over 200 interior design options. The OMNEO premium version has been designed to meet the needs of intercity services for the Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire (Balance of the Territories Trains) government programme.