The launch of a new transit system in the city of Aarhus on December 21st has brought light rail back to Denmark's streets for the first time in 45 years.
Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city and is situated at the centre of east Jutland. Following a period of sustained economic growth, the region has experienced a steadily rising population and, as a result, seen the number of journeys made between the city and its surrounding communities more than double in recent years.
In response, the city decided to invest in a new light rail network to serve the community – the first to operate in Denmark for 45 years - and appointed Ricardo Certification in 2012 to perform the role of independent safety assessor throughout its development.
The new system is being developed in three phases, and the opening of Phase 1 - involving the construction of a new 12km light rail track through the city centre - was marked with a special inaugural ceremony.
The system connects to existing regional lines that extend to Odder in the south, and to Grenaa to the north east. It will use a mix of light rail and ‘Tram Trains’ – bi-mode rolling stock that can operate on diesel when not running through the overhead wires within the city. Up to 12 trains per hour will serve this busiest central section.
“We are proud to be serving this important project for the city of Aarhus,” commented Ricardo Certification business manager Thomas Rasch. “Delivering a seamless new transportation system that integrates new track with existing lines presents a range of challenges.We were pleased to be able to fulfil the crucial role of independent safety assessor and look forward to providing continued support through to the completion of phases 2 and 3 in the coming years.”
Ricardo Certification is a separate and independent business within the Ricardo group that is accredited to provide assurance services by the relevant regulatory authorities. For more information about its work visit certification.ricardo.com.