About Ricardo in the rail sector

About Ricardo in the rail sector

Experts in critical and complex railway systems

We are a global rail consultancy providing technical expertise, assurance and specialist engineering services to help clients navigate the industry's operational, commercial and regulatory demands.

With capabilities in all disciplines, from rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications, to energy efficiency, safety management and operational planning, we support a client portfolio that ranges from some of the world's largest rail administrations to niche component suppliers. 

In-depth knowledge drawn from diversity

The cornerstone of our business is the diversity of professional backgrounds, technical disciplines and individual outlooks that we offer.

We have over 550 rail specialists based either in our own Technical Centres or working directly from client offices, depots and manufacturing sites.  

Within those teams are experts regarded as amongst the best in the world in their chosen field – people with deep technical expertise who understand the industry’s traditions and structures every bit as much as the standards and operational practices that underpin it.

Working alongside them are those we have attracted from government, academia and science, as well as colleagues from across the Ricardo group who bring insight from areas such as motorsport, environmental regulation and clean energy generation.

And whether providing strategic counsel at board level or implementing safety-critical technologies with frontline teams, our commitment is the same: expertise that is informed and impartial, responses that are as pragmatic as they are impactful; and innovation that enhances rail's reputation as a safe, reliable and sustainable mode of transport.

What we do - in 60 seconds

What we do - in 60 seconds

A quick guide to how we help clients in the rail industry, explained in four short animated films.

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