PARIS Oct 2 Alstom said on Wednesday it had signed a contract worth around 350 million euros ($473 million) for the supply of 34 intercity trains to France's national rail operator SNCF.
The Coradia Liners, Alstom's latest generation of long-haul trains, can carry up to 267 passengers. They are due to come into service from December 2015, Alstom said in a statement.
The French government pledged in July to renovate swathes of the country's rail network after a deadly derailment south of Paris drew attention to the shabby state of France's intercity trains, in stark contrast with its prestigious high-speed TGVs. ($1 = 0.7393 euros) (Reporting by Natalie Huet; Editing by Brian Love)