Talgo to supply LE TRAIN with high-speed trains
LE TRAIN, the first private train operator to offer a high-speed service, dedicated to regional and inter-regional travel in France, will be receiving a fleet of Avril high-speed trains from the Spanish manufacturer Talgo.
Following the call for tenders issued in early 2022 and after several months of negotiations, an agreement, regarding the potential future acquisition of a fleet of up to ten trains, was signed in Bordeaux, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France, on 23 January 2023. The agreement also covered potential agreement extensions, the possibility to maintain the equipment in France, and the creation of a joint research and development unit in New Aquitaine to work towards making trains even more sustainable.
Once the necessary contracts have been signed, construction of the first ten trains will begin in the first half of 2023 at Talgo’s plant in Rivabellosa, in the Álava region of Spain. The first trains are scheduled to be finished in early 2025. The Avril model is described by Talgo as combining “maximum speed, low energy consumption and a high capacity of more than 600 passengers in an extremely lightweight single-deck train.”
These trains have an operating speed of 330 kilometres per hour, and a maximum speed of 365 kilometres per hour. With a length of 201.9 metres, and a body shell width of 3.2 metres, the Avril trains have a capacity of 500 to 600 passengers.
They will be used by LE TRAIN to service 5 high-speed lines in the French Great West, connecting 11 destinations in the regions of New Aquitaine, Brittany, Pays de la Loire and Centre-Val-de-Loire. The company plans on welcoming over 3 million passengers a year. LE TRAIN obtained its railway company licence on Christmas Eve of last year (JORF no. 0298 of 24 December 2022), and is progressing with the requirements to begin commercial operations.
Additionally, both companies are committed to offering sustainable, low-carbon mobility solutions. “We are convinced of the relevance of the LE TRAIN model to make rail transport a real lever of ecological transition,” said Carlos Palacio Oriol, President of Patentes Talgo. “Our two companies share a common ambition: to work in a sustainable way for low-carbon mobility,” adds Alain Getraud, CEO of LE TRAIN.