The contract, which mainly focuses on the refurbishment of the interior designs of the seven-car class 680 EMUs, was awarded to ČD’s workshop subsidiary DPOV.

“Especially the interiors of the passenger compartments, toilets, and bistro are showing signs of age,” says ČD board member for engineering, service and property, Mr Miroslav Kupec. “For example there is no visual information system for passengers, which is standard in today’s modern trains. That’s why it will be added to the Pendolinos, as will a children’s cinema.”

DPOV will also install new seats, wall coverings, floors, luggage racks, toilets, lights and electrical outputs.

The Pendolino EMUs are all expected to be upgraded by Spring 2018.