Bombardier Transportation

France: Bombardier Presents its New Omneo Double-deck Platform

Bombardier Transportation presented the first Omneo train to the vice presidents for transportation of various French regions and Guillaume Pepy, CEO of SNCF, at Bombardier's site in Crespin, France.

This new double-deck train, named Regio 2N by the French regions, is wider than conventional EMUs. It offers a new level of passenger comfort through more onboard space, maximum seating, large access platforms with two wide doors, and quiet cars for long journeys. The Regio 2N platform is available in various configurations, from six to 10 cars, with a total length of between 81 m and 135 m. It is capable of travelling at speeds of between 160 km/h and 200 km/h.

Representatives of the Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Industrial Renewal were also present, as well as Lutz Bertling, president of Bombardier Transportation.

Bombardier has built nine test trains to allow the thousands of tests required for homologation to be conducted simultaneously. The fully-fitted Regio 2N train on show is the eighth of these special trains. While waiting for certification, several trains will run test journeys from January 2014 to allow SNCF's staff to operate them and to check operational reliability before full commissioning.

To date, the regions Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and Rhone-Alpes have placed firm orders for 129 Regio 2N trains. The contract allows for a maximum of 860 trains.

"The increasing use of regional trains in France reflects the regions' successful efforts to facilitate sustainable and comfortable mobility of their populations," Bertling said. "This train is the right choice to meet the future needs of regional transportation not only because of its large capacity, passenger comfort and high performance but also thanks to the many configurations available, such as the InterCity V200 version. Bombardier's Crespin teams have met an outstanding technical challenge by delivering a completely new industrial product as complex as this one, and in such a short time-frame."