STIF and SNCF place order for 52 additional Francilien EMU commuter trains
5 December 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, European Railway Review
Bombardier Transportation has received an order from SNCF and STIF for 52 additional Francilien Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) commuter trains.
French National Railway Company (SNCF) has ordered 52 additional Francilien EMUs in a contract financed by Île-de-France’s transport authority Syndicat des transports d’Île-de-France (STIF). The order is valued at approximately €348 million ($370 million US) and is a call off from a contract signed in 2006 with SNCF for a maximum of 372 trains.
Francilien EMUs to be delivered in early 2018
The first Francilien EMUs of this order will be delivered in early 2018 and will operate from Paris Saint Lazare Station as part of the STIF transportation modernisation plan.
Commenting on the order, Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France said: “The Francilien, specially designed and manufactured for the Ile-de-France at our site in Crespin, Hauts-de-France, is a reliable, high performing train that meets ongoing challenges experienced in such densely populated areas. These modern trains offer room for up to 1,000 people with wide doors for easy accessibility and open gangways that increase passenger flow. All these features are contributing greatly to the punctuality of the service.”
At present there are almost 200 Francilien trains currently in service. Each is equipped with modern security systems and the latest energy efficient and intelligent technologies.