Alstom and Bombardier got $1.2 billion French train deal
This contract for 255 trains (130 for the RER D and 125 for the RER E), worth an estimated 3.75 billion euros, is the largest contract ever financed by STIF.
For Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Region and of STIF, "SNCF’s decision turns a historic order, placed by STIF in July 2016 to carry out a revolution in transport, into reality.
"More than 700 trains will be purchased or renovated to modernise the existing rolling stock, which is on average over 30 years old.
"It is the daily life of the inhabitants of Île-de-France and the passengers on lines D and E that will change. From 2021 onwards, they will discover a new generation of trains, safer and more reliable as well as more comfortable and regular.
"The order will also have a positive effect on the rest of the network: 15% of RER A traffic will be transferred to line E, which will be extended to Nanterre in 2022, then as far as Mantes-la-Jolie in 2024."
Alstom, in partnership with Bombardier, will design and supply the new generation of two-tier equipment for lines D and E of the Île-de-France network, which is operated by SNCF Transilien.
The first firm part of the order comprises the delivery of 71 trains  for an estimated 1.55 billion euros, 100% funded by STIF (this amount includes all design studies, industrialisation, project management and homologation for a value of 450 million euros).
These first 71 trains will be delivered and enter circulation from 2021 onwards. The Alstom-Bombardier consortium’s share for this first part of the contract is worth 1.155 billion euros  (approximately 70% Alstom - 30% Bombardier). ■
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