SEVERAL batches of new multiple units have been ordered by the French regions which are taking over responsibility for most non-high-speed Intercités routes.
‘Omneo Premium’ part double-deck articulated EMUs were ordered from Bombardier in November to operate services between Paris Nord and Maubeuge/St Quentin in northern France.
The new trains will replace SNCF Class BB 22200 electric locos and Corail coaches from 2022 onwards.
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Elsewhere in France, another fleet of 40 ‘Omneo Premium’ trains will enter service from late-2019, replacing Classes BB 15000 and BB 26000, working Intercités trains from Paris St Lazare to Normandy (routes to Le Havre and Cherbourg).
Another order for 32 trains will remove loco-hauled Intercités services from the Paris Austerlitz to Orleans/Tours route starting from late-2020, with all the new trains delivered by December 2022. These are currently worked by BB 7200 and BB 26000 locomotives.
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