Metro trains getting overhauled

Trains will get internal cameras, and the tunnels will have mobile signals

Trains on the metro line C line will be overhauled so their lifespan can be extended another 15 years.

The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) is negotiating with Siemens on conditions and details for work on 53 model Metro M1 subway trains.

The DPP is also preparing to introduce mobile phone signal in all metro tunnels by the end of next year.

The M1 trains were built between 2000 and 2003, and developed specifically for Prague.

The cost of the renovations has not been disclosed, as the negotiations are not yet finished. The work should be completed by 2020.

Renovations should take place at the Kačerov depot. A large part of the work is a replacement of chassis frames. In 2011, an inspection found minor cracks, and several trains had to be taken out of service. Wiring will also be replaced.

Cameras will also be installed in the train carriage interiors, which will be a first in Prague. This is to help increase the safety of the passengers, according to DPP.

After cameras are installed in the M1 trains they will also be put into the older 81-71M trains that were created by Škoda Transportation by rebuilding old Soviet-built 81-71 trains. The 81-71M model runs on metro lines A and B.

Many trams and buses already have internal cameras.

The DPP will be finally launching a mobile phone signal in the metro tunnels. The first segment on metro line C from Museum to Vyšehrad is about to undergo testing. In April it was announced the first section would be from Museum to Roztyly. No explanation was given for the change.

All metro tunnels should be covered by the end of next year, according to the most recent announcement. The DPP is preparing an event to inform the public about the developments.

Phone signal is currently only in the stations and in the tunnel between the newest stations, Bořislavka and Motol on line A.

The entire metro should have been covered by a mobile signal in 2017, but this was delayed due to the lack of an agreement with operators.

The Prague metro began operation in 1974 and now has three lines with 61 stations. It currently has a transit network 65.2 kilometers long. A fourth line, metro D, will link to the southern part of the city.

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