Alstom and the Franche-Comté region have inaugurated the first Régiolis train set on the Dôle-Besançon line in the presence of Marie-Guite Dufay, president of the Franche-Comté Regional Council, Dominique Devin, Regional Director for SNCF Burgundy/Franche-Comté and Jacques Beltran, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Alstom Transport France.
The Franche-Comté region ordered 9 Régiolis with electrical engines destined for the Dijon – Besançon – Belfort line. 72 metres 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 standards. The Régiolis for the Franche-Comté region also include a video surveillance system, guaranteeing optimal security, 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. It is available in three lengths (56, 72 and 110 metres) and offers optimal comfort for passengers, whatever the length of the journey. Régiolis is both environmentally friendly and economical thanks to its low energy consumption, adherence to the latest emissions standards in combustion mode and reduced maintenance costs. Equipped with ERTMS technology, 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.