The order, which is worth €176m, is part of a framework agreement signed in 2010 between SNCF and Bombardier for up to 860 trains for the French regions. The trains will begin operating on the Lyon - Mâcon and Lyon - Valence lines in the summer of 2023, and will expand the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region’s fleet of Regio 2N EMUs to 59.

The new 83m-long trainsets have 385 seats, and can operate in multiple with the Regio 2N fleet already operating in the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region.

The trains will be equipped with Wi-Fi, CCTV, and space for six bicycles and will meet all European interoperability and accessibility requirements.

10 French regions have so far ordered 428 Bombardier Omneo/Regio 2N trains under the framework agreement. This includes 337 Regio 2N EMUs 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), and
  • Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (16),

It also includes 91 Omneo Premium EMUs, designed for suburban, regional and inter-city services, for:

  • Centre-Val de Loire (32)
  • Hauts-de-France (19), and
  • Normandy (40).

“The Regio 2N is a high capacity, double-deck train that combines capacity, comfort and accessibility,” says Bombardier Transportation France president, Mr Laurent Bouyer. “This equipment has proved its worth and is perfectly suited to the needs of the regional and peri-urban lines of the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, which are the national rail network’s second most heavily loaded after Ile-de-France.

“Designed and manufactured on our site in Crespin in the Hauts-de-France region, the Regio 2N has received the ‘Made in France’ certification.”

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