THE Normandy region in northwest France has awarded French National Railways (SNCF) two contracts to refurbish its AGC multiple units manufactured by Bombardier between 2004 and 2010.

The fleet consists of 14 class X 76500 three-car DMUs, 33 three- and four-car class Z 27500 EMUs, and nine four-car class B 82500 dual-voltage/diesel bi-mode multiple units.

Under an initial €84m, four-year contract starting in January 2023, SNCF will refurbish all 14 DMUs as well as nine four-car and seven three-car EMUs. The other 26 trains will be updated by 2026 under a second contract, with the diesel traction on the bi-mode units potentially replaced with a greener alternative.

Modifications will include creating space for 12 bikes, replacing the seats, and installing LED lights and energy-saving measures during stabling. The work will be carried out by SNCF’s workshops at Sotteville, a suburb of Rouen.