French rail operator, SNCF has exercised an option with Alstom for the delivery of 40 additional double-deck Euroduplex high-speed trains, under a framework agreement signed in June 2007.
Alstom said that taking into account a possible cancellation of ten trains, it had initially agreed an option with SNCF in the fourth quarter of 2011-12 for the purchase of 30 train for €900m.
The 40 new trains are in addition to 55 Euroduplex models currently under construction and will be deployed on the new Rhine-Rhône high-speed line.
Scheduled to be delivered from 2015, the Euroduplex trains will have power cars built at Alstom’s plant in Belfort, end cars from Reichshoffen and bogies from Le Creusot.
Traction equipment will be supplied from Ornans, locomotive transformers by Le Petit Quevilly and electrical systems will be provided by plants at Tarbes and Villeurbanne.
Auxiliary inverters from Charleroi, Belgium, and passenger information systems from Montreal, Canada are also part of the manufacturing scheme.
Each of the Euroduplex trains will be equipped with traction systems adapted to the different electric currents, to operate in France, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg, while few trains in the fleet are also designed to operate into Spain.
Faiveley Transport, Logitrade, COMECA, CEIT, TFCM and Association Bretagne Atelier are the main French suppliers for this project. The company said that the contract will help protect the jobs of 1,500 people at La Rochelle and nine other plants, mostly in France, and a further 6,000 working for French suppliers.
Following the contract, Alstom has proposed to end its legal process in the London High Court, opened to contest the tender launched in 2009 by Eurostar to renew its fleet; SNCF owns 55% of Eurostar
Alstom had filed a complaint against Eurostar, over its deal to acquire ten trains worth €650m from Siemens, saying that these trains didn’t meet the safety rules for travelling through the Channel Tunnel.
Image: SNCF’s Euroduplex trains will be equipped with traction systems adapted to the different electric currents and will be built at Alstom’s plant in Belfort, France. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.