The French National Railway Corporation (SNCF) has placed an order for 19 Bombardier Omneo trains on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region. The first EMUs are scheduled for delivery in 2022.
The Hauts-de-France region is planning to roll its 19 newly ordered OMNEO premium trains on the high-frequency Paris to Amiens and Paris to Saint Quentin – Maubeuge / Cambrai lines. This call-off order is part of the contract signed in 2010 with SNCF to provide up to 860 double deck-trains to French regions and is valued at approximately EUR 256 million (including price escalations based on best faith assessment of assumptions).
According to Bombardier, Omneo Premium will provide about 25% more seating capacity to intercity travelers between Paris and the Hauts-de-France region. The 135m-long trainset for Hauts-de-France will offer a seating capacity reaching 463 seats, with large baggage racks, a dedicated area for two wheel-chairs and space for twelve bicycles. It will be capable of operating in multiple units of two offering up to 926 seats per-train.
“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.” – Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France.
The trains will also feature an optimized interior design, including newly developed wide seats with integrated lighting, power and USB plugs. The interior design and configuration will be fine-tuned in a color scheme matching the region’s colors in the coming months in cooperation with the client.
Omneo/Regio 2N in France – fleet breakdown:
To date, ten French regions have ordered a total of 401 Omneo (=SNCF Regio 2N) trains. Orders per region are as follows:
91 Omneo Premium EMUs
- Centre-Val de Loire (32)
- Hauts-de-France (19)
- Normandy (40)
310 Omneo EMUs