Philippe Richert, President of the Grand Est region, former Minister, Mathias Emmerich, Executive Vice President Performance for SNCF Mobilités, and Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom in France, celebrated the production of the 200th Coradia Polyvalent train for Regiolis at the site of Reichshoffen. The 200th train will be delivered on 10th June and is one of the 34 trains ordered by the Grand Est Region to date.
After 3 years of operation, the total fleet of Coradia Polyvalent trains delivered to date has travelled more than 27 million kilometres, with a level of reliability that surpasses the objectives defined with SNCF. The 30 Grand Est Regiolis trains currently in commercial operation have travelled more than 5 million kilometres.
Since 2009, the Grand Est region has ordered 34 Regiolis trains worth over €300 million: 24 suburban trains (TER Alsace) and 10 regional trains (TER Lorraine). By 1 January 2018, this fleet will be extended with 19 trains of the same type, called Coradia Liner, resulting from the transfer of the Paris - Troyes - Belfort - Mulhouse Intercity line. The Grand Est Region will thus be in possession of the largest fleet of all the new Regions.
During the event, Philippe Richert announced that the Grand Est Region would place a firm order for at least 10 Regiolis at the end of 2017. This could be supplemented by 15-20 additional units in 2018, including 15 cross-border trains running between France and Germany, for which the Grand Est Region is currently funding a feasibility study. He also confirmed the support of the Grand Est Region for the research projects carried out by Alstom and SNCF for more energy-efficient trains.
"We are very pleased to celebrate today, alongside SNCF and Alstom, the production of the 200th Regiolis train to be delivered this Saturday. The development of the region requires the mobility of our citizens, which is why we are committed to developing this multimodal network by investing in high-performance equipment. Our collaboration with Alstom and SNCF, particularly in the context of a study for energy-efficient trains, will also allow us to be even more respectful of the environment, which is essential for us in the context of global warming," said Philippe Richert, President of the Grand Est Region, former Minister.
"The 200th train constitutes an important event for the Reichshoffen site as well as being the symbol of French industrial excellence at the service of French Regions and SNCF. These future orders announced by the Grand Est Region are a sign of confidence and excellent news for the site," said Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom in France.
About the Coradia Polyvalent trains
Thanks to their modular design, Coradia Polyvalent trains can be adapted to the needs of each organising authority as well as to different types of use: suburban, regional and intercity. The range is available in three lengths (56, 72 or 110 metres) and offers optimum comfort for passengers, whatever the length of the journey. Coradia Polyvalent trains are both environmentally friendly and economical due to their low energy consumption and reduced maintenance costs. Multi-unit operation with up to four cars makes it possible to adapt flexibly to dense traffic or peak periods reaching over 1000 passengers.
The first trains entered commercial service in April 2014 in the regions of Aquitaine, Grand Est and Occitania. To date, 285 trains have been ordered as part of the contract awarded to Alstom by SNCF in October 2009, including 215 Coradia Polyvalent (Regiolis) by 9 French regions, 17 French-Swiss cross-border trains (LEMAN Express), and 53 Coradia Liner v160 for the regional lines.
The design and manufacture of projects related to the Coradia Polyvalent platform creates more than 4,000 jobs in France with Alstom and its suppliers. Six of the twelve Alstom sites in France are involved: Reichshoffen for the design and assembly, Ornans for the engines, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction, Villeurbanne for on-board I.T. systems and Saint-Ouen for the design.