FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has exercised an €300m option for 66 more MF01 metro trains, supply consortium leader Alstom announced on July 25.

They are to be delivered for Line 9 by Alstom, Bombardier and Areva between May 2013 and August 2016, with financing split equally between RATP and transport authority STIF.

The order is the third and last within a July 2001 framework for up to 160 trains, known as MF2000 or MF01. An initial 44 were ordered for Line 2 in July 2006, with deliveries beginning in April 2008 and set to run to April 2013. In November 2007 an option was taken up for a further 50 sets for Line 5.

Alstom said the improved drive efficiency and regenerative braking mean the MF01 uses 30% less energy than the MF67 design it will replace.