FRANCE: SNCF has exercised a €127m option for a further 19 Francilien electric multiple-units, Bombardier announced on May 6. The order is to be financed Ile-de-France transport authority STIF.

The Francilien single-deck eight-car commuter EMUs have a capacity of 1 000 passengers, with wide gangways and doors to facilitate passenger flow. The latest batch is scheduled for delivery between the end of 2016 and mid-2017, and will be used on Transilien Line L on the Versailles Rive Droite branch.

A framework contract for up to 372 EMUs was signed in 2006, with an initial order for 172 worth €1·85bn. Of these, 155 are now in service. A firm order for a further 22 EMUs was placed in 2014, and this second option takes the total order to 213.