Alstom presents Coradia Polyvalent regional train for ERTMS Level2 testing in Romania
13 October 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Alstom has unveiled the Coradia Polyvalent regional train at the Northern Railway Station in Bucharest during the Railway Pro Investment Summit event.
Built in France minus interior fittings, the unveiled Coradia Polyvalent has been specifically produced for operation in Romania. The design, configuration and fitting of its interior will be performed locally and completed in the first quarter of 2017. Delivery of the vehicle forms part of the Sighișoara-Simeria €100 million signalling rehabilitation project signed in 2014 by Infrastructura – a subsidiary of the Romanian National Railway company CFR.
Coradia Polyvalent regional train order part of Sighișoara-Simeria signalling rehabilitation project
The project includes the modernisation of signalling works on the Sighișoara-Coșlariu-Simeria high-speed railway. The route will be equipped with Atlas 200, Alstom’s ERTMS Level2 solution. The signed agreement also incorporates delivery of one regional train, a Coradia Polyvalent dual-mode (electric and diesel), in order to test and measure the performances of the supplied systems.
“This is a landmark train for the entire South-East Europe region”
Commenting on the delivery, Gabriel Stanciu, Alstom’s Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova said: “Alstom is one of the leading train manufacturers in the world and yet Romania didn’t have any Alstom train until now. This is about to change with the arrival of this Coradia Polyvalent, which I hope to be one of many Alstom trains, urban or regional, to circulate in Romania. Although this first train, will have a very specific destination for CFR Infrastructura, for its railway infrastructure rehabilitation projects, this highly performing model is ideal as passenger train for our country, given how well it responds to local landscape, technical requirements and capacity needs. This is a landmark train for the entire South-East Europe region.”