Photo: ©ALSTOM Transport TOMA – R. Nourry
Alstom will supply 8 additional Régiolis (Coradia Polyvalent) to the Midi-Pyrénées region for a total of approximately $50 million, following an initial order for 25 Régiolis placed by the region in 2009.
The Régiolis, supplied here in their suburban version, are made up of four cars and have 50% more doors than their regional counterparts, facilitating passenger flow. Upon request by the Midi-Pyrénées region, these trains have been fitted with specific equipment such as passenger counting systems, dedicated storage space for bicycles and luggage, and front-panel displays showing the destinations.
The first Régiolis of the Midi-Pyrénées region entered commercial service in July 2014 on the lines that link Toulouse with Latour-de-Carol and Mazamet.
“This new order is excellent news for the French rail industry and for Alstom Transport’s sites in France. It symbolises the region’s renewed confidence in Alstom and its products," said Ana Giros, Managing Director Alstom Transport France.
Régiolis is part of Alstom’s Coradia range. With its modular architecture, it can be adapted to the requirements of every organising authority as well as to different types of use: suburban, regional and intercity. It is available in three lengths (56, 72 and 110 metres) and offers optimal passenger comfort, whatever the length of the journey. Régiolis is both ecological and economical thanks to its low energy consumption, its respect for the latest emissions norms when in operation and its reduced maintenance costs. Equipped with ERTMS1 technology, Régiolis is the first regional train in France to conform to all European standards.
To date, 226 Coradia Polyvalent trains have been ordered as part of the contract awarded to Alstom by SNCF in October 2009, of which 192 Régiolis by 12 French regions and 34 Coradia Liners by the French state, the organising authority for France’s Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire (TET) or intercity trains. Three million kilometres have already been covered by Régiolis in commercial service.