The new trains will be delivered in three variants: 19 160km/h Coradia Liner trains consisting of 10 110m-long six-car dual-mode trains, and nine 72m-long four-car EMUs, both of which will deployed on main line services; and 11 72m-long four-car Coradia Regiolis EMUs for regional services. The six-car trains will accommodate up to 300 passengers, while the four-car trains will have capacity for 165 passengers.

Delivery is set to commence from September 2018 and Alstom says the order guarantees work at its Reichshoffen site, one of six French plants supplying the trains, for 2018.

The new trains will be deployed on the following routes:

• Paris - Amiens - Boulogne
• Paris/Bourges - Montluçon
• Clermont-Ferrand - Nîmes (Cévenol)
• Toulouse - Hendaye
• Bordeaux - La Rochelle, and
• Bordeaux - Limoges

Alstom says the trains utilise distributed traction and that energy consumption is lower than previous models. The trains’ architecture is designed for straightforward maintenance. And with large doors to optimise passenger flow, the trains are accessible to all passengers. They also feature large bay windows and ambient interior lighting, while the reclining seats are fitted with armrests equipped with power points.

The latest order follows the introduction of the first of 34 Coradia Liner trains on Intercity routes in February.

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