Siemens has been awarded a contract by SNCF, the French National Railways, to supply 15 new Avanto type low-floor light rail transit vehicles with multi-system capability.
According to a statement, this is the first time that Siemens has received an order for rail vehicles from SNCF and the first time that the Avanto concept has been sold on the European market. The order is valued at around EUR 60 million and includes an option for a further 20 vehicles of the same type.
SNCF has ordered the Avanto as a dual-system vehicle for operating voltages of 750 V DC (light rail transit) and 25 kV AC (regional rail service). The five-section LRT vehicles are designed for an overall length of 37 meters, a capacity of around 240 passengers and a top speed of 100 kilometres per hour.
They are due to be delivered between the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005 and will then operate on an 8-kilometer route between the two towns of Aulnay-sous-Bois and Bondy on the eastern outskirts of Paris.