French railway company SNCF has awarded a €3.75bn contract to the Alstom-Bombardier consortium for renewal of trains on lines D and E of the Île-de-France network.

The contract has been awarded for a total of 255 X'Trapolis Cityduplex trains (130 for the RER D and 125 for the RER E).

Each train will have the capacity to transport up to 1,860 passengers in its 130m version.

STIF Île-de-France Region president Valérie Pécresse said: “More than 700 trains will be purchased or renovated to modernise the existing rolling stock, which is on average over 30 years old.

“The order will also have a positive effect on the rest of the network: 15% of RER A traffic will be transferred to line E, which will be extended to Nanterre in 2022, then as far as Mantes-la-Jolie in 2024."

Alstom will collaborate with Bombardier to design and supply the new two-tier equipment for lines D and E of the network operated by SNCF Transilien.

The first part of the order consists of delivery of 71 trains for €1.55bn, which would be completely funded by STIF. These trains will run from 2021 onwards.

Alstom chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said: “The consortium that we have formed with Bombardier has very solid experience of projects in Île-de-France and the requirements of our customer SNCF Transilien.

“This train represents a major technological leap forward that will improve the travelling experience of every passenger in the Île-de-France region. It also offers the operator a lower cost of ownership over the long-term.”

"This train represents a major technological leap forward that will improve the travelling experience of every passenger in the Île-de-France region."

The consortium’s share for this first part of the contract is worth €1.155bn.

Alstom’s site in France will be responsible for designing and manufacturing the new equipment.

Valenciennes site for the project management, design, validation, tests, commissioning and warranty, end vehicle production and final train integration; Reichshoffen for the studies, Ornans for the engines, Le Creusot for the bogies.

The company’s Villeurbanne site will look after the on-board electronics, Tarbes for the traction systems, Petit-Quevilly for the transformers and Saint Ouen for the design.

Bombardier’s site in Crespin will design and manufacture the intermediate cars.


Image: The X'Trapolis Cityduplex train will be capable of transporting up to 1,860 passengers. Photo: © Copyright Alstom.