January 14, 2013

SNCF to invest €2.6bn in passenger improvements

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FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) says it will invest what it describes as an unprecedented amount this year to expand and modernise its passenger fleet and facilities. It plans to spend €2.6bn on the procurement of new trains, the refurbishment of existing trains, and improvements to stations.

SNCF will take delivery of 15 TGV Duplex trains from Alstom and install new interiors in 30 TGVs at a cost of €540m. It will spend a further €100m renovating 15 trains in its inter-city fleet.

The French regional authorities, excluding Ile-de-France, will purchase 350 new trains to meet growth in demand for regional services. This year will see the delivery of 10 tram-trains, 38 Alstom Régiolis sets and the first Regio2N double-deck trains from Bombardier.

The Ile-de-France Transport Syndicate (Stif), the Ile-de-France region and SNCF will invest €574m to improve the quality of Transilien commuter rail services in the Paris area. This includes €270m for the acquisition of 32 trains to be delivered this year and €120m for the modernisation of 40 trains.

SNCF's Stations and Connections division will invest €309m this year. Work will be completed on the renovation of some of SNCF's largest stations including Paris Austerlitz and Paris Gare de Lyon, Lille Europe, Orléans, Tours, and Dijon, while the first phase of upgrading Montpellier station will be completed.

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