The days of the old rattling trains with door handles are numbered.
The Alstom and Bombardier consortium has been awarded the contract to design and manufacture the new generation of metro for Paris. The confirmed part of the contract covers the delivery of 44 trains for a sum of over 530 million euros.
Initially, the new trains will serve the three Paris metro lines (3bis, 7bis and 10). Their entry into service will take place between 2024 and 2026. The options will then equip 5 other lines (13, 12, 3, 8 and 7).
The fleet will consist of 30 five-car trains for line 10 (76m long) and 14 four-car trains for lines 7bis and 3bis (60.86m long). These first 44 trains will have a driver’s cabin. Each train will be in open interior circulation configuration with modern passenger information systems, large bay windows and themed, 100% LED lighting. The trains will also offer a heating and air conditioning system, USB sockets and video protection cameras throughout the entire train.
The environmentally friendly new metros will be eco-designed. Their production will consist of 20% of recycled materials, making them 98% recoverable at the end of their lifespan. They will consume 20% less energy than the trains currently in service (MF77 – lines 7, 8, 13). This is due to 100% electric braking and 100% LED lighting. These new trains will also reduce maintenance costs by 15% compared to the MF01 (lines 2, 5, 9).
In total, this project will involve 9,000 jobs in the French rail sector.