Hauts-de-France region orders 19 OMNEO Premium trains for intercity lines
The OMNEO Premium will provide approximately 25 per cent more seating capacity to intercity travellers between Paris and the Hauts-de-France region.
Bombardier Transportation has announced that it received an order for 19 BOMBARDIER OMNEO Premium double-deck trains from the Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF) on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region.
This order is part of the contract signed in 2010 with SNCF to provide up to 860 double-deck trains to French regions, valued at approximately €256 million.
The Hauts-de-France region plans to roll out these new spacious, highly comfortable trains on the high-frequency Paris to Amiens and Paris to Saint Quentin – Maubeuge / Cambrai lines.
The first trains are scheduled for delivery in 2022.
“Passengers riding on the new OMNEO train will discover a new level of rail mobility combining high capacity, greater comfort and increased accessibility,” said Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France. “These trains are designed and produced by Bombardier’s Crespin site in the Hauts-de-France region, a region highly committed to the rail industry and its local rail ecosystem.”
The new interior design optimises available space for the benefit of passengers and seating arrangements. The train will feature newly developed wide seats with integrated lighting, power and USB plugs. The interior design and configuration will be fine-tuned in a colour scheme matching the region’s colours. In addition, the train offers improved access via large, platform-level doors, wide corridors and gangways for easy movement throughout the length of the train.
The 135m-long trainset for Hauts-de-France will offer a capacity of 463 seats, with large baggage racks, a dedicated area for two wheelchairs and space for 12 bicycles. It will be capable of operating in multiple units of two offering up to 926 seats per train.
To date, 10 French regions have ordered a total of 401 OMNEO/Regio 2N trains. The OMNEO platform offers trains for suburban, regional and intercity services.