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Additional order for Type MF19 metros for Paris

posted on 8th Mar 2024 11:47

On 7 March 2024, Alstom announced that it will supply Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP with 103 new MF19 EMUs, which is the new generation metro on rail, for a total contract value of more than 800 million EUR, 100% financed by Île-de-France Mobilités. This new fleet will replace the existing rolling stock on lines 13, 12 and 8 of the Île-de-France metro as of 2027.

This additional order is part of the framework agreement signed in December 2019 between RATP (on behalf of Île-de-France Mobilités) and Alstom for the delivery of up to 410 MF19 trainsets. The MF19 will eventually equip eight lines of the Île-de-France metro (lines 3, 3bis, 7, 7bis, 8, 10, 12, 13).

In 2019, an initial batch of 44 units was ordered which will be gradually deployed on lines 10, 7bis and 3bis from 2025 onwards. This makes a total of 147 MF19 units that have now been ordered to date, demonstrating Île-de-France Mobilités’ and RATP’s renewed confidence in this modern rolling stock.

The fleet of 103 additional trainsets will comprise:
- 67 trains for line 13,
- 22 trains for line 12,
- 14 trains for line 8.
They will all have a driver’s cab. As the MF19 trains are fully reversible to adapt to the needs and developments of the lines, these can be converted into automatic metros if the lines are automated.

Each train will have a “boa”  configuration (open circulation without separations between cars) and will feature interior fittings designed to optimise passenger flows. They will feature modern passenger information systems, large picture windows and LED lighting. Equipped with CCTV along the entire length of the trainset and integrated cybersecurity protection, the MF19 trains will enhance passenger safety.

MF19 production goes ahead

Production of the MF19 metros has started at Alstom’s Crespin and Valenciennes-Petite Forêt sites, in Hauts-de-France. The first vehicles have been manufactured, the first trainset has been assembled and is about to enter the testing phase. The MF 19 metro is designed and assembled in France. Eight of Alstom’s 16 sites in France participate in the project:

- Valenciennes-Petite Forêt and Crespin are in charge of studies, design, final assembly, tests/validations, and homologation,
- Crespin and Le Creusot produce the bogies,
- Ornans, the traction motors,
- Tarbes, the traction equipment,
- Toulouse, the development of electrical harnesses,
- Villeurbanne, on-board electronics,
- Aix-en-Provence, IT security.

A total of 2,300 Alstom employees, including 700 engineers, are working on the project.

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