CZECH REPUBLIC: Skoda Transportation completed a long-term programme to modernise Praha metro’s original Soviet-built Type 81-71 rolling stock when the last of 93 five-car trainsets was handed over on February 12.

The KC10bn programme was launched with a prototype in 1996. It encompassed overhaul of traction motors, underframes and gearboxes, installation of new electronic equipment including IGBT drives and regenerative braking, new train control systems and refurbishment of the interiors and front ends.