• More spacious, brighter, more accessible, more efficient, and specifically designed for dense areas, the RER NG commuter train will bring lasting improvements to travel conditions for the hundreds of thousands of people who use the RER D and RER E lines every day;
• It was designed and manufactured with the contribution of 9 Alstom sites in France;
• The RER NG commuter train is gradually being introduced on the RER E line.
On Monday 13 November 2023, Ile-de-France Mobilités (iledefrance-mobilites.fr), SNCF Voyageurs (sncf-voyageurs.com) and Alstom inaugurated the RER NG, the “New Generation RER”, at Haussmann Saint-Lazare station in Paris, in the presence of elected representatives and passengers.
“It is with immense pride that we are today celebrating the commissioning of the RER NG commuter train on Line E. It is a very special moment in the life of a project when a train meets its first passengers. It is also a source of pride for all Alstom employees, as this is the pinpoint of a great deal of hard work from each and every one of them, serving a major project for the Île-de-France region and its inhabitants,” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chairman and CEO of Alstom.
RER NG, providing more comfortable and efficient mobility
The arrival of the RER NG commuter train is an important milestone in the policy pursued by Île-de-France Mobilités to upgrade all the rolling stock on the Île-de-France railway network.
This new RER commuter train will contribute to a lasting improvement in travel conditions for the hundreds of thousands of commuters who use RER lines E and D every day:
• A specific train: A train designed at the request of Île-de-France Mobilités specifically for the Île-de-France region and its 9 million daily commuters.
• A capacity train: This train has been designed, both in terms of its overall architecture and its interior design, to optimise capacity and passenger flows. Thanks to its entirely open architecture and wide doors, it allows passengers to enter and leave with ease and offers distinct travel areas.
• A high level of comfort: With air conditioning, ergonomic seats, LED lighting adapted to the time of travel (day/night/station stops), USB sockets and numerous information screens, the RER NG enhances the passenger experience.
• An accessible train: In each of the end cars, platforms provide direct and rapid access for passengers in wheelchairs to adapted areas.
• A more reliable and efficient train: The RER NG offers first-rate acceleration and braking performance to optimise station stopping times, train frequency, and therefore the line’s capacity and regularity. It will also incorporate the brand new NExTEO train automation, control and supervision system, which will further increase train frequency.
An industrial and human adventure
The RER NG is the result of close collaboration between the Alstom, SNCF and Île-de-France Mobilités teams throughout the project.
This inauguration is a major milestone for all 900 Alstom employees who are working on this project on a daily basis, and a demonstration of their specific know-how. At the start of the project, they were more than 2,000.
Designed and assembled at Alstom’s Valenciennes-Petite Forêt and Crespin sites in Hauts-de-France, a total of 9 of Alstom’s 16 French sites are contributing to the project, with the participation of sites manufacturing components.
An essential first step
The RER NG commuter train is gradually being introduced on the RER E line. This gradual arrival will ensure that the train becomes more reliable before being deployed on the whole RER E line, including the new extension to Nanterre. It will then be deployed on the RER D line at the end of 2024.
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