Bombardier to supply 19 additional Regio 2N regional trains to SNCF for the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes Region

Bombardier Transport, a world leader in the rail technology sector, has received a firm order for 19 Regio 2N, double deck vehicles (114 cars) from the French National Railway Company (SNCF) on behalf of the Region Auvergne-Rhône Alpes. This additional order amounts to 176 million euro, including price escalations based on best faith assessment of assumptions, and is part of the contract signed with SNCF in 2010 which provides for the manufacture of up to 860 trains for the French Regions.

These new trains will begin operating on the Lyon – Mâcon and Lyon – Valence lines in the summer of 2023. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is continuing to consolidate its Regio 2N fleet, which will comprise 59 Regio 2N.

Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France, said: “The Regio 2N is a high capacity, double-deck train that combines capacity, comfort and accessibility.

“This equipment has proved its worth and is perfectly suited to the needs of the regional and peri-urban lines of the Region Auvergne-Rhône Alpes, which, after Ile-de-France are the national rail network’s most heavily loaded.

“Designed and manufactured on our site in Crespin in the Hauts-de-France region, the Regio 2N has received the recognized certification ‘Origine France Garantie’. Also, the manufacture of the Regio 2N contributes to the entire French rail industry.”

The new 83-meter trainsets will offer a capacity of 385 seats, and can be operated in multiple units with the 40 Regio 2N fleet already operating in the Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

The trains will be equipped with WIFI, a video surveillance system, six bicycle slots and will meet all European interoperability and accessibility requirements.

To date, ten French regions have ordered a total of 428 BOMBARDIER OMNEO/Regio 2N trains. The OMNEO platform offers trains for suburban, regional and intercity services. Orders per region are as follows: 337 Regio 2N for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (59), Brittany (26), Centre-Val de Loire (14), Hauts-de-France (25), Île-de-France (142), Nouvelle Aquitaine (24), Occitanie (18), Pays-de-la-Loire (13), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (16); and 91 OMNEO Premium trains for Centre-Val de Loire (32), Hauts-de-France (19) and Normandy (40).

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