Still a little bit of patience … RER D and E users who hope for the imminent arrival of the 255 trains ordered in 2016 by Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) from manufacturers Alstom and Bombardier are left with nothing more than “For a few months” of waiting. The first set of this train of the future – called RER NG for New Generation – has just arrived in Ile-de-France.
But not yet to welcome travelers. The train was parked for a week at the SNCF technicenter in Villetaneuse (Seine-Saint-Denis) where it was transformed into a real rolling laboratory, surrounded by no less than 200 sensors. It was to leave this Friday evening for Alstom’s center in Valenciennes (North), where engineers from the Railway Test Agency will now subject it to a battery of dynamic tests. “Up to speeds of over 150 km / h”, specify the technicians.
So a simple “technical” step in Ile-de-France. But which allowed Valérie Pécresse, the president of IDFM, to review the many advantages of future trains designed to be at the same time more comfortable, faster and more “efficient” than their predecessors on lines D and E.
Air conditioning, video protection and USB sockets
On the comfort side, the two-storey “boa” type trainsets (no more separation between the cars) with designer and colorful seats will be air-conditioned, video-protected and equipped with USB sockets. On the “efficiency” side, the future managers of the new trains are counting on better passenger traffic within the “boa” to improve flow management.
The exchange platform in particular, lowered to the level of the platforms for better accessibility, much larger than on the old models and equipped with 2-meter-wide doors, will make it possible to speed up ascent and descent operations. “This should lead to better regularity on the lines,” forecasts Sylvie Charles, director of Transilien, recalling that NG trains will be able to accommodate 20% more passengers than current trains.
After the dynamic tests, the future RER will still undergo an impressive series of tests before homologation hoped for in the fall. Despite “small delays” related to the health crisis, the schedule provided for in the contract, which provided for a delivery of trains from this year, should be kept.
The first RER NG will be put into commercial service “at the end of 2021” on the Combs-la-Ville branch of the RER B. They will then be deployed on the future western section of the RER E, to Nanterre at the end of 2022, then to Mantes -la-Jolie in 2024. Ultimately, the New Generation RERs should carry more than 1.2 million passengers daily.