Patrick Kron, Chairman and CEO of Alstom, announced that SNCF ordered an additional 40 additional double-deck Euroduplex very high speed trains on Friday 30 March.

At the same time, Patrick Kron said that Alstom has proposed to end its legal process in the London High Court, opened to contest the call for tender launched in 2009 by Eurostar to renew its fleet.

Taking into account a possible cancellation of 10 trains, Alstom booked an order corresponding to 30 train sets in the last quarter of the 2011/12 fiscal year, for a value of around €900 million.

This new order is included in the framework of the contract placed with Alstom by SNCF on 27 June 2007.

The 40 trains are in addition to the firm tranche of 55 Euroduplex train sets currently under construction, the first of which entered commercial service on 11 December 2011 on the new Rhine-Rhône high speed line and the last units being delivered mid-2015.

The additional train sets will be delivered from 2015.

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