New double-deck trains for Midi Pyrenees region

SNCF has exercised an option for eight more Regio 2N EMUs for the Midi Pyrenees region.

The €56.5 million order takes the region’s fleet of Regio 2N trains to 18 and is the latest option to be exercised on a framework agreement for up to 860 trains signed in 2010.

Part financed by the Midi Pyrenees region, delivery of the new trains will take place between 2017 and 2019.

Bombardier has to date received orders from 10 regions for 209 trains. So far, the manufacturer’s Crespin site has built 45 of the double-deck units.

The Regio 2N will be built in configurations ranging from six to 10 cars, with the longer train stretching 135m. The maximum speed of the units will also vary between 160 km/h and 200 km/h.

The Regio 2N is made up of a combination of single and double-deck carriages. Extra space is created in the double decks as the majority of the systems are being installed on the single carriages, increasing capacity by 35 per cent compared to typical double-deck carriages.

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