Alstom and Bombardier to collaborate on new Paris Métro trains

Impression of the new MF19 train for Paris that will be built in France by a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier.

A consortium of Alstom and Bombardier has won the contract to design and manufacture a new generation of trains for Paris Métro.

Awarded by Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens – the Paris Transport Administration), the €530 million contract is for a total of 44 trains for three Paris Métro lines (3bis, 7bis and 10), to enter service between 2024 and 2026. An option for a further 366 trains may then be used to equip lines 3, 7, 8, 12 and 13.

Designated MF19, the new trains, which will be partly based on existing Alstom and Bombardier designs, will consist of 30 five-car trains, for line 10, and 14 four-car trains, for lines 7bis and 3bis. They will be fitted with the latest passenger information systems as well as at-seat charging, CCTV and other modern systems.

Design and manufacture will be split between the two consortium partners. The two main sites at Valenciennes (Alstom) and Crespin (Bombardier) will both assemble complete trains to maximise production capacity. Each site will be involved with design, train assembly, testing/validation and certification.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Alstom.

Alstom’s sites will develop and produce the motors (Ornans), traction systems (Tarbes), on-board electronics (Villeurbanne) and IT safety systems (Aix en Provence). Bombardier’s site at Crespin will be responsible for designing the mechanical components of the trains, including body shell design, as well as design and production of the bogies, air conditioning system and interior components such as lighting, seats and panels.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, president of Alstom in France, commented: “I am honoured that Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP have chosen to trust us to renew travelling comfort on the historic lines of the Paris metro.

“Together, we want to turn the region into the world’s showcase for the French rail sector’s cutting-edge technologies and propose an eco-friendly train that will contribute to carbon-free mobility.”

Laurent Bouyer, Bombardier.

His counterpart, Bombardier Transportation France president Laurent Bouyer, added: “The combined expertise of our two companies makes it possible to offer RATP and Île-de-France Mobilités a metro equipped with the latest on-board technologies that is part of tomorrow’s modern mass transportation.

“Passengers will appreciate the special attention paid to the interior atmosphere, level of comfort and quality of on-board services. In addition to optimal performance and reliability, the MF19’s innovation lies in its modularity and scalability adapted to the existing Paris network”.

The award is subject to contract and final confirmation.

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