• At mid-life, 19 trains running on the Breton TER network will be modernized by 2024.

  • The Brittany region, which will spend 62.3 million, intends to improve the user experience.

  • In the renovated trains, each seat is now equipped with an electrical outlet and new spaces for bicycles have been fitted out.

The Breton TERs may well be the French champions of punctuality, with nearly 96% of trains on time, they also sometimes get old. After twenty years of good and loyal service, 19 trains running on the BreizhGo network will go under the knife by 2024 and undergo a so-called “mid-life modernization” operation. "The lifespan of a train is about forty years, so they have to be revised and renovated every 20 years or so", indicates Jean-Pierre Farandou, president of the SNCF group, who was present on Friday morning. in Rennes to visit one of the four ZTER trainsets already modernized.

Carried out at the SNCF industrial technicenter in Nevers (Nièvre), the operation consists of overhauling all the mechanical parts of the trains and changing certain parts that have become obsolete.

But it is also about offering better comfort to travelers.

In the new oars which have been pimped, carpet has been laid on the ground.

The seat covers were also replaced and new LED lighting installed.

Finally, each seat is equipped with an electrical outlet for recharging your computer or mobile phone.

"These services are now essential if we want users to continue using the train," said Loïg Chesnais-Girard, president of the Brittany region.

Six spaces for bicycles on trains

As the practice of cycling explodes, the new trains also have three additional spaces for two wheels, bringing their number to six. But this is not yet sufficient for the Sud-Rail union, which is asking for nine to avoid conflicts between users and increasingly frequent agents. “Aware” of the problem, the Brittany region emphasizes that it is not that simple. “The difficulty is that our trains are already saturated for travelers. A bicycle can create inconvenience and congestion and generate conflicts of use ”, thus indicated at the beginning of the year the regional councilor Gérard Lahellec at

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. “And removing seats is complicated, because a train does not always run on the same line,” he continued.

To renovate its 19 trainsets, the Brittany region took out the checkbook and invested 62.3 million euros, or 3.3 million per train.

"It is a significant sum but which is necessary to have modern trains", assures Loïg Chesnais-Girard.

Once the first 19 trainsets have been modernized, 24 other trains circulating on the Breton network will in turn experience “the mid-life operation”.

This time estimated at 94 million euros, its completion will take place between 2024 and 2029.

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