“Regular passengers will discover a new style of rail travel as well as tourists who come from all over the world…”
Whilst 2017 proved to be a mixed year for Bombardier Transportation they finished the year positively by announcing it had received a repeat order for 32 OMNEO Premium double-deck trainsets (256 cars) from the French National Railway Company, SNCF Mobilités, on behalf of the Centre-Val de Loire Region. This repeat order is part of the contract signed in 2010 with SNCF to provide up to 860 double deck trains to French regions and is valued at approximately e375 million euro (US$444 million). The Centre-Val de Loire Region plans to roll out these new trains on the frequently used lines Paris-Orléans-Tours, Paris-Bourges and Paris-Montargis-Nevers line. The first trains will be delivered in 2020 and then gradually until all have arrived by 2022.
Specially designed for long inter-city journeys, the OMNEO Premium can travel at 200km/h and offers a high level of on-board comfort to meet the demands of long distance travellers. Bombardier’s engineers developed a new interior design which aims to optimize available space to the benefit of passengers and seating arrangements. The train will feature a newly developed wide seat with integrated lighting, power plug, and Wi-Fi available. It offers improved access via large, platform-level doors, wide corridors and gangways for easy movement throughout the length of the train.
“This order of OMNEO Premium trains from the Centre-Val de Loire Region confirms the demand for spacious, modern, comfortable trains for intercity journeys”, said Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transport France. “Regular passengers will discover a new style of rail travel as well as tourists who come from all over the world to visit the attractions in Berry and the World heritage listed Loire Valley. These trains from the OMNEO double-deck platform are designed and produced by Bombardier teams on our Crespin site in the Hauts-de-France Region. Such a high-tech project highly contributes to the French Rail industry at large.”
The 110m-long train for the Centre-Val de Loire Region will offer a seating capacity reaching 373 seats in first and second-class cars, with large baggage racks, dynamic passenger information screens, a dedicated area for two wheel-chairs and space for nine bicycles. It will operate in multiple units of two or three.
The OMNEO platform, which includes the Regio 2N and the OMNEO Premium, is a family of extra-large double-deck trains which brings greater capacity, comfort and accessibility to urban, regional and intercity services.
To date, ten French regions have ordered a total of 373 OMNEO/Regio 2N trains. The OMNEO double-deck platform cater for suburban, regional and intercity services. Orders per region are as follows: 32 OMNEO Premium intercity trains for Centre-Val de Loire and 40 for Normandy ; and 301 Regio 2N for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (40), Brittany (26), Centre-Val de Loire (14), Hauts-de-France (25), Ile-de-France (125), Nouvelle Aquitaine (24), Occitanie (18), Pays-de-la-Loire (13), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (16).
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