On board the SNCF Euroduplex trains, just like on the RATP metro in Paris or the Coradia trains of the French regions, flags and sweatshirts bearing the names of famous idols are in full flower. Until 10 July, European football has a rendez-vous in France for Euro 2016.
Supporters of the 24 national teams start to head, as one, for the stadiums and “fan zones”. The first encounter: France-Romania at 9 o’clock tonight, at the Stade de France in St Denis.
Alstom, which offers the widest range of solutions on the market, personalised services as well as infrastructure and signalling solutions, is a proud supporter of Euro 2016. It’s largely in the company’s trains, or at the heart of its systems, that spectators will get to the stadiums, discover cities, change regions or even cross borders.
Aficionados of nutmegs, sombreros and panenkas won’t be disappointed by the techniques used by Alstom’s teams to turn its trains into a unique travelling experience. Fans of Belgium’s Red Devils for instance. They can travel to Paris with Thalys, change stations in one of the 780 metros, all produced by Alstom, get to Lyon with Euroduplex and finally arrive at the Stade des Lumières in a Citadis tram. The same goes for Bordeaux, Toulouse and Nice. Lille is just an hour away from London via the Channel Tunnel, which Alstom’s trains have been taking for the last 22 years, or Paris. Which just about gives you enough time to check the results of the opposing team on your smartphone.
A total of 51 matches are being held in 10 cities in France. Each one accessible on public transport. But Alstom also accompanies those fans who aren’t lucky enough to come to France: in the city with Citadis, such as in Istanbul or Dublin, or with Metropolis in Budapest or London; in the Swedish, Italian or German countryside with Coradia; or even at high speed on Pendolino or the AGV in Switzerland, Poland and Italy. Feel the thrill at every destination and feel – on the way there or on the way back – the same passion as the 31,000 Alstom employees worldwide. Each with the same objective: to make Alstom the preferred partner of its clients.
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