TRANSPORT While visiting the manufacturer Alstom, in the North, Valérie Pécresse was able to test the new trains which should soon equip several RER lines in Île-de- France
Valérie Pécresse, president of Ile-de-France, at the helm of a brand new RER NG. — M.Libert/20 Minutes
- In Alstom's factories in the North, 80% of activity concerns orders from the Ile- de-France.
- The Transilien, TER Regio 2N, the metros of line 14 and the future RER lines E and D are assembled there.
- Twenty RER NG trains have already been manufactured, but their commercial operation depends on SNCF approval.
On Alstom’s sites at Crespin and Petite-Forêt, in the North, the assembly lines are busy with 80% by orders from the Ile-de-France region. Northern workers assemble Francilien trains, TER Regio 2N, MP14 metro trains and new generation trains to replace aging RER. If the Parisians were undoubtedly able to go up to; board of the first three materials, this is not yet the case for the RER NG, awaiting approval.
The project to renew the trains on lines E and D of the RER in Île-de-France dates back to; January 2017. The start of production was also done quickly, in December of the same year. Since then, Alstom, the builder, has been busy, even though it is still impossible to travel to on board the new trains, called RER NG.
Approval expected in the spring of 2023
However, 5 trains in the 112 m version have already been delivered to the SNCF and have passed successfully tested at the Noisy-le-Sec centre. “In all, 22 trainsets are already up. exits from the workshops for a first tranche of 71, 56 for line E and 15 for line D”, explains Olivier Pease, key account manager for l’le-de-France at Alstom. The framework contract provides for a maximum order of 371 RER NG, “but the customer will never order that many,” he explains.
The interior of a train of RER NG which must equip lines D and E of the Parisian RER. – M.Libert/20 Minutes
Visiting Alstom’s workshops this Tuesday, Val&érie P&écresse, the boss of the region, was pleased with the delivery of 18 RER NG trains without advancing on a date of commissioning. “The train is already there. certified, all that is missing is the SNCF stamp, the customer, so that he can travel with passengers”, acknowledges Olivier Pease. Rumor has it that this could happen next spring for commercial service in early 2024. “If however the customer does not ask us to proceed with modifications”, slips the key account manager.