THE board of Île-de-France Mobility voted on December 12 to approve financing for the purchase of 47 additional Bombardier Francilien suburban EMUs and the modernisation of 43 MI2N double-deck EMUs used on Paris RER Line A.

The decision means the pledge made in 2016 by Île-de-France regional president, Valérie Pécresse, to buy or refurbish more than 700 trains for the RER and Transilien networks by the end of 2021 at cost of €10bn will be achieved. According to Île-de-France Mobility, 252 of the new and refurbished trains are now in service with a further 126 due to arrive next year.

The order for 47 Bombardier Z50000 Francilien EMUs is worth €470m and comprises 42 trains for Transilien lines L and J, one additional train for lines H and K, and four extra sets for Line P.

The €134m modernisation of the MI2N fleet includes the replacement of seating, floor coverings and lighting, installation of CCTV and new passenger information systems, and improved access for passengers with reduced mobility.

Île-de-France Mobility has also decided to release funds for infrastructure works and power supply upgrades on RER Line B in preparation for the introduction of the RER New Generation fleet from 2021 onwards.

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