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Alstom-Bombardier consortium wins trainset contract for Paris commuter rail system’s Lines D and E

19 Jan 2017 | Front page, Mobility, A region on the move

The €3.7 billion deal is the largest order ever financed by STIF, the Paris Region’s transport authority, and the largest tender process for rolling stock ever handled by French rail company SNCF. Alstom’s Petite-Forêt and Bombardier’s Crespin sites in Northern France will take part.

Alstom-Bombardier consortium wins the contract of the century

Valérie Pécresse, President of both STIF and the Ile-de-France Regional Council, and SNCF CEO Guillaume Pépy signed the deal on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, selecting the Alstom-Bombardier consortium to manufacture a new generation of trains for the Paris Region’s RER commuter system.

This initial firm order for 71 trainsets is an outstanding business opportunity for the consortium (70% Alstom/30% Bombardier), and the contract will keep Alstom busy until 2023.

Tomorrow’s trains…

The new X'Trapolis Cityduplex will be a double-decker “boa” train, with no dividers between cars, and each trainset will carry up to 1,860 passengers. The trains will also feature a number of innovations—video security systems, air-conditioning, passenger information and even connectivity.

The X’Trapolis Cityduplex comes in two lengths—112 m and 130 m—and can operate at up to 140 km/h. It should be significantly more reliable than the current rolling stock and will use 20%-25% less energy. In all, the contract calls for 130 trainsets for RER Line D and 125 for RER Line E.

... made in (Hauts-de-)France

This is not the first successful venture for Alstom and Bombardier, both of which have sites in the Valenciennes area of Hauts-de-France. The two companies previously joined forces to produce 140 MI09 trainsets for RER Line A in Paris.

Under the new contract, the 1,200-strong workforce at Alstom’s Petite-Forêt site will handle project management, design, validation, testing, commissioning and warranty and end-vehicle production. The 2,000 employees at Bombardier’s Crespin facility will design and manufacture the intermediate vehicles.

The deal represents 50% of rail manufacturing in France over the next few years, and will secure the future of both companies, preserving jobs and know-how. It may even generate new jobs in engineering and scale-up.

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