Ordered on the finish of 2018, the 34 new Alstom railcars shall be “progressively put into service from the summer season of 2023”, the Luxembourg Nationwide Railway Firm (CFL) introduced on Tuesday. It will make it potential “to extend the variety of seats by virtually 50% by 2025”.
The primary electrical railcar of the 2400 sequence “shall be put into service in the summertime of 2023”. Initially, prospects of the Ligne du Nord (“Nord Line”) would be the first ones to expertise this new sort of railcar. The brand new railcars are additionally deliberate for use for cross-border journeys to Belgium (Athus, Arlon) and France (Longwy), CFL introduced in a press launch on Tuesday.
Ordered on the finish of 2018, the brand new railcars have been offered to the general public at InnoTrans in Berlin on Tuesday. This can be a commerce truthful the place improvements within the area of transport know-how are offered yearly. This was the primary public look of the brand new Coradia Stream Excessive Capability electrical railcars manufactured by Alstom.
With these 34 new railcars, CFL is setting “a brand new customary for practice journey in Luxembourg. The acquisition of those new railcars will enable us to considerably enhance our seating capability, particularly throughout rush hours – a consolation and high quality criterion thought of significantly essential by our prospects”, explains Marc Wengler, Managing Director of CFL.
By 2025, the seating capability shall be elevated by “virtually 50%”, in keeping with CFL. The newly commissioned practice will supply extra seats, but additionally extra room for wheelchair customers, prams, and bicycles.
The CFL Group is dealing with an exponential progress within the variety of passengers: in lower than 20 years – between 2003 and 2019 – the variety of prospects who select the practice as a way of transport “has elevated by 85%”, in keeping with CFL.
The brand new electrical railcars may have “top-of-the-range gear” and can notably be geared up with “WiFi, LED lighting, USB-A, UBS-C, and 230V/AC sockets”.
An computerized passenger counting system will present real-time info on the occupancy fee of the practice. That is “an essential database which is able to enable the composition of trains to be tailored once in a while if further seating necessities are recognized on this approach”, in keeping with the CFL.
As well as, the brand new railcars are geared up with an automatic driving system, the ATO know-how. CFL is without doubt one of the “first movers” in Europe to deploy this know-how, which is able to enable extra environment friendly use of community capability.
Varied practice driving features shall be automated. Beginning with “computerized pace adaptation primarily based on real-time information on the state of affairs on the rail community”. The intention is to enhance the move of rail visitors, minimise disruption, and save vitality.
The driving force will constantly monitor the system “throughout all the journey, take management if mandatory, and intervene in an emergency”. The driving force’s safety-related duties additionally embody the choice to depart and the actuation of doorways.