Bombardier’s site in Crespin in Northern France will produce up to 60 trains a year to deliver by mid-2016 the 129 regional double-deck trains ordered by the Regions
Bombardier Transportation received an order for 49 additional Régio2N regional double-deck trains, as an option from the “Régio2N” contract signed with SNCF on behalf of the French Regions, on 24 February 2010. This additional order for 49 trains, which will be financed by the Regions, amounts to approximately 350 million euros ($ 474 million US).
The “Régio2N” contract signed with SNCF on 24 February 2010, foresees the production of a total maximum of 860 trains.
Including this option, six Regions ordered a total of 129 Régio2N trains and are split as follows :
- Aquitaine Region : 24 trains
- Bretagne Region : 17 trains
- Centre Region : 14 trains
- Nord-Pas de Calais Region : 18 trains
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region : 16 trains
- Rhône-Alpes Region : 40 trains
This order will increase the production rate of Bombardier’s site in Crespin (Northern France) up to a maximum of 60 trains per year. The first deliveries will start in June 2013 as foreseen and the total of 129 trains which have been ordered to date, will be delivered by mid-2016.
Bombardier developed a new double-deck train platform especially for the Régio2N. It includes the following characteristics:
- a modular concept to meet the Regions’ various needs in terms of suburban 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. In addition to the weight reduction, the Régio2N trains are equipped with the BOMBARDIER MITRAC permanent magnet propulsion system, a main product of the BOMBARDIER ECO4 portfolio, which allows to make supplementary energy savings thanks to the improved efficiency of the motor.
These new regional double-deck trains were created by Bombardier teams in Crespin, in the Nord-Pas de Calais Region. 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.
About Bombardier Transportation in France
As the largest industrial rail site in France, it 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 train, 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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