In addition, the Pays de la Loire Region has also ordered 24 Citadis Dualis tram-trains, some of which have been in service on the Nantes-Clisson line since 15 June 2011. This order corresponds to an option exercised under the framework contract financed by the French regions, signed with the SNCF on 27 October 2009.
To date, 171 Coradia Polyvalent trainsets in total have been ordered by the regions of Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrénées, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. In the long term, the framework contract should be applied to 1000 trainsets for a sum of over seven billion euros, and promises to boost the industrial activity of our French production sites.
The last order from the Pays de la Loire Region confirms the ability of the Coradia Polyvalent range to meet regional rail transport needs in terms of performance, energy savings, comfort and interoperability.
The first Regiolis train off the production line at the Alstom plant in Reichshoffen was presented to the French regions and the SNCF on 14 June 2011. The test phases are currently under way, in accordance with the project schedule. The first deliveries are due in 2013.
Coradia Polyvalent contributes to regional economic growth in France
Coradia Polyvalent is entirely designed, manufactured and assembled on Alstom Transport’s sites in France: train engineering and assembly in Reichshoffen (Alsace); bogies in Le Creusot (Bourgogne); motors in Ornans (Franche-Comté); traction drives in Tarbes (Midi-Pyrénées); and onboard computing systems in Villeurbanne (Rhône-Alpes).
Alstom Transport is the leading manufacturing company in the French rail sector and contributes to the dynamism of local economies thanks to its nine industrial sites. Its 8,500 employees in France benefit customers with their expertise, both in France and abroad (40% of production is exported), and one job at Alstom creates around three jobs for its suppliers.
Régiolis: a product of Alstom’s range of regional Coradia trains
The highly modular Coradia Polyvalent range is a single-level regional train offering various technical configurations and passenger amenities. It can travel at up to 160 km/h in both its electric and hybrid versions and operates at two different voltages (25 kV and 1,500 V). It is also available in a cross-border version for operation on the German and Swiss rail networks at a voltage of 15 kV. Its platform-height floor provides travellers with optimal accessibility and full all-point visibility for improved security. Motor bogies are positioned at the ends of the carriages to limit vibration and noise levels.
The Coradia Polyvalent consumes about 15% less energy than its competitors – and hence less CO2 – and its design incorporates eco-friendly, sustainable materials. It is equipped with permanent magnet motors that are more compact and efficient than conventional electric motors. The technical choices incorporated into its design serve the two-fold purpose of facilitating maintenance and optimizing life-cycle costs.
Thanks to over 30 years’ experience in regional transportation, Alstom’s Coradia range of regional and suburban trains provides adapted solutions to the sharp rise in road traffic, both within cities and on motorways, and to continued suburban sprawl. Alstom has built over 3,000 regional trains in its French, German and Italian plants, which have already covered more than 4 billion kilometres.