SNCF Burgundy/Franche-Comté train manufactured by Alstom.

SNCF Burgundy/Franche-Comté train manufactured by Alstom.

Alstom and the Franche-Comté region have inaugurated the first Régiolis train set on the Dôle-Besançon line operated by SNCF Burgundy/Franche-Comté.

The Franche-Comté region ordered 9 Régiolis with electrical engines destined for the Dijon – Besançon – Belfort line. At 236 feet long, the trains consist of four cars with a total seating capacity for 217 people. They offer increased comfort, with seats featuring individual reading lights and power sockets, dedicated storage space for bicycles and luggage as well as large windows and reduced noise levels. The fully low floor guarantees accessibility for all; Régiolis is the first train to meet STI PMR[1] standards. The Régiolis for the Franche-Comté region also includes a video surveillance system, as well as automatic passenger counters, which ensure improved monitoring of train occupancy and usage to optimise their operation.

Régiolis is part of Alstom’s Coradia range of trains. With its modular architecture it can be easily adapted to the individual requirements of each organising authority as well as to various types of use: periurban, regional and inter-city. Available in three lengths (184, 236 and 360 feet), the vehicle offers optimal comfort for passengers. Régiolis is both environmentally friendly and economical due to its low energy consumption, adherence to the latest emissions standards in combustion mode and reduced maintenance costs. Equipped with ERTMS technology[2], Régiolis is the first French regional train to conform to all European standards.

The manufacture of Coradia Polyvalent creates over 4,000 jobs in France for Alstom and its suppliers. Six of Alstom’s 12 sites in France are involved in the project: Reichshoffen for the engineering and assembly, Ornans for the motors, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction drives, Villeurbanne for the onboard electronics and Saint-Ouen for the design.

[1] Technical Specification for Interoperability - Persons with Reduced Mobility
[2] European standard for rail interoperability

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