Alstom to provide trains and maintenance support for the Marseille-Nice regional line

2021.16.12
Exterior view of the Omneo Premium train for the Marseille-Nice line – Non-contractual design for illustration purposes (©Alstom / Yellow Window)
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©Alstom / Yellow Window – Non-contractual design for illustration purposes / Samuel Dhote

 

16 December 2021 – Alstom and Transdev formally launched today in Crespin (Hauts-de-France) the implementation of the contract for the supply of 16 8-car trains for the Marseille-Toulon-Nice line, which Transdev will operate in summer 2025. This order, worth approximately 250 million euro, also includes maintenance support for the trains for a 10-year period. Delivery of the new material, manufactured at Alstom’s Crespin site, will begin at the end of 2024.

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    The launch took place in the presence of Olivier Delecroix, Sales Director of Alstom France, and Vincent Destot, Regional Director of Transdev Hauts-de-France, who is very involved in Transdev's rail projects.

    A train that combines capacity, comfort, and accessibility

    These Omneo Premium trains come from Alstom's Omneo platform, of which 491 train sets have already been ordered by 10 French regions (373 “Regio 2N” suburban and regional trains and 118 “Omneo Premium”Intercity trains).

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    Olivier Delecroix (Alstom) and Vincent Destot (Transdev) at the signing of the contract on 16 December at the Alstom site in Crespin (©Alstom / Samuel Dhote)

     

    We are proud to participate in the implementation of the first concession of a French regional line with Transdev. We are offering a proven, comfortable train, capable of running at 200 km/h, in order to serve the mobility of all passengers. We will also provide maintenance support and thus contribute to the long-term operational efficiency of the trains. These new trainsets will replace the current Corail cars and will be added to the many Alstom trains already running in the Southern Region.

    Olivier Delecroix, Sales Director of Alstom France

     

    We are delighted to be able to work with Alstom, which has a long history in the Hauts-de-France region, to enhance our rail offering in the context of regional rail being opened up to competition, and to enable everyday passengers to benefit from a high quality of service.

    Vincent Destot, Regional Director of Transdev Hauts-de-France

    Transdev is looking forward to the start of the concession, in the summer of 2025, so that all passengers on the Marseille-Nice line can discover the unequalled comfort of the Omneo Premium trains and enjoy the best services that will be available on board.

    Claude Steinmetz, Rail Director of Transdev France

    The Omneo Premium trains on the Marseille-Toulon-Nice line will be adapted to meet Transdev’s
    specific operating challenges which include:


    • Creation of a convivial space allowing passengers to enjoy a catering area (with a snack offering);
    • Interior fittings offering all the services desired by the Region, such as bicycle spaces (12
    per train), doors to separate the 1st class areas, and interior harmony reflecting the image
    of the Region and of the line on which the trains will run;
    • Implementation of new on-board services, including innovative systems for video
    surveillance, seat reservation or bicycle space reservation, passenger counting and 4G
    communication between the train and the ground.

    Interior view of the Omneo Premium train for the Marseille-Nice line – Non-contractual design for illustration purposes (©Alstom / Yellow Window)

    The new 8-car trains are 110 metres long and will accommodate up to 352 passengers (plus 66 folding seats for short journeys).

    This high capacity is achieved by alternating single and doubledeck cars. Comfort has been particularly well thought out for long journeys:  wide seats, large glass walls to take advantage of the natural light and the panorama of the seaside, clear passenger information with screens and displays, air conditioning, 2 classes with lower and upper decks, toilets and connectivity tools (Wi-Fi, electrical and USB sockets).

    This coastal train will accommodate all travellers thanks to wide corridors and multi-purpose areas on the ground level, allowing bicycles, scooters, and luggage to be parked.

    10-year maintenance support

    Alstom will also provide Transdev with 10-year maintenance services for the 16 trains. Alstom’s Services teams in France will provide maintenance engineering, supply spare parts, and overhaul the main components (including bogies, engines, pantographs).

    Alstom is a certified Railway Company as well as a certified Entity in charge of Maintenance (ECE). With 12 service centers and more than 1,000 employees dedicated to services in France, Alstom has a unique knowledge of rolling stock as well as the industrial base to meet the challenges of heavy maintenance of main components.

    An “Origine France Garantie” train, manufactured in the Hauts-de-France Region

    The Alstom site in Crespin (Hauts-de-France) will design, manufacture, assemble and homologate the Omneo Premium trains for the Marseille-Toulon-Nice line, which Transdev will operate in summer 2025.

    For the third year in a row, Alstom’s Omneo train has been awarded the “Origine France Garantie” official label, the only certification that attests to the French origin of a product, thanks to an independent audit and guarantees a high level of standards. “This is recognition of the know-how of the employees at the Crespin site and a guarantee of our commitment to our customers, passengers and the entire French rail industry,” concluded Olivier Delecroix at the signing event held at the Crespin Alstom site on 16 December.

     

    About Alstom

    Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom’s product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorails and trams, to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling, and digital mobility solutions. Alstom has 150,000 vehicles in commercial service worldwide. With Bombardier Transportation joining Alstom on January 29, 2021, the enlarged Group’s combined proforma revenue amounts to €14 billion for the 12-month period ended March 31, 2021. Headquartered in France, Alstom is now present in 70 countries and employs more than 70,000 people. Its employees in France total approximately 12,500, providing a pool of expertise to serve French and international clients. Approximately 30,000 jobs are created in France amongst its 4,500 French suppliers.

    About Transdev

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility, Transdev – The mobility company –empowers freedom to move everyday thanks to safe, reliable and innovative solutions that serve the common good. We are proud to provide 11 million on average passenger trips everyday thanks to efficient, easy to use and environmentally friendly transportation services that connect people and communities. Our approach is rooted in long-term partnerships with businesses and public authorities, and in the relentless pursuit of the safest and most innovative mobility solutions. We are a team of people serving people, and mobility is what we do. Transdev is jointly held by Caisse des Dépôts Group (66%) and the Rethmann Group (34%). In 2020, with 83,000 employees in 17 countries, the Group generated total revenues of € 6.75 billion.

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