SNCF orders regional trains

France’s national rail operator, SNCF, has placed an order worth approximately €130m (£117m) with Alstom Transport for an additional 19 Regiolis regional trains from the Coradia Polyvalent range.

According to Alstom, the order falls within the framework of a contract signed in October 2009 with SNCF and financed by the French regions. The initial contract consisted of a firm tranche totalling €800m for the supply of 100 Coradia Polyvalent trains.

The first 119 trainsets will be distributed between the regions of Alsace, Aquitaine, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Pays de la Loire, Provence – Alpes – Cote d’Azur and Picardie.

The total number of Coradia Polyvalent trains could eventually reach 1,000 units, generating more than €7bn.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013 and end in mid-2015.

The Coradia Polyvalent range can travel at up to 160kph in its electric or hybrid versions and operates at two different voltages (25kV and 1,500V). It is also available in a trans-border version for operation on the German and Swiss rail networks at a voltage of 15kV.