SNCF orders additional Regio 2N double-deck EMUs for Brittany
16 February 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
French National Railway Company (SNCF) has exercised an option to order four additional Bombardier Regio 2N Double-Deck EMUs for the region of Brittany.
Bombardier Transportation will supply four additional eight-car Regio 2N double deck electric multiple units to SNCF. The order will be financed by the Brittany region and is valued at approximately €34 million ($38 million US). SNCF exercised an option from a contract originally signed in 2010 covering the supply of up to 860 trains for various French regions. Altogether, ten French regions have ordered a total of 213 Regio 2N trains.
Regio 2N double-deck EMUs scheduled for delivery in 2019
The additional order will increase the fleet in Brittany to 21 Regio 2N trains; 14 eight-car trains offering 491 seats each and seven six-car sets with 350 seats each. Six trains are already in service on the lines Rennes-Saint Malo, Rennes-Saint Brieuc-Brest and Rennes – Quimper and recently started operation on the Rennes-Vitré link as well. Delivery of the new order is scheduled for 2019.
Since its homologation in double sets, the Regio 2N trains have begun operating in this configuration since November 2015 on the Paris-Chartres line for the Centre-Val de Loire Region.