The project, valued at 600 million euros, is a joint effort between the region and SNCF Voyageurs TER Hauts-de-France. It was initiated in December 2022 to enhance passengers' safety and comfort. The program targets refurbishing trains in service for approximately 20 years, preparing them for another 15 to 20 years of operation.
The extensive renovation includes a complete overhaul of each train, encompassing cleaning, inspection, repair, repainting, and replacing various components. Interior enhancements feature new seats, updated interior layouts, LED lighting for improved ambience, and redesigned bike spaces. Safety upgrades include updated video protection systems. Externally, trains will feature enhanced headlight performance and a fresh coat of paint in regional colours.
The program is 40% of France's TER fleet. In Hauts-de-France, this translates to 60% of the current self-propelled TER fleet.
The renovation involves two types of trains: the AGC models, built by Bombardier and first delivered in 2004, and the TER 2NNG models, built by Alstom and delivered in 2004. The Hellemmes Technicentre, a major maintenance and renovation facility for SNCF's rolling stock, will be crucial in this project.