Ricardo chosen for IV&V role on new Taiwan metro

Ricardo chosen for IV&V role on new Taiwan metro
16 November 2017

Colleagues in our Taipei office have been appointed to provide Independent Verification and Validation services for the construction of Taoyuan’s new 27km ‘Green Line’.

Also known as the ‘Aerotropolis Line’, the new line will link Taoyuan City to Taiwan’s international airport, and also connect to Zhongli, Bade and Dasi, major urban centres that have a combined population almost 750,000 people.

Taoyuan skyline

Over the course of the next 11 years our experts will closely track the system’s development and construction, providing independent assessments of rolling stock, signalling, track, power supply, supervisory control and data acquisition technology, stations and maintenance depots. The team will also assess safety standards throughout every aspect of the system’s construction.

A team of around 40 specialist engineers and assessors will be required over the initial stages, with the local team calling upon technical support from Ricardo colleagues in Asia and Europe as required.

Following the initial project meeting with the client, Anon Tian, our business manager for Taiwan, said:

“The Taoyuan City Green Line is the largest ever urban system in Taiwan to request IV&V support and we are proud to have been chosen by the selection committee to perform the role. We are fully committed to working with the Taoyuan City Government to deliver a system that will serve the city with reliable trains and excellent customer service, and will be supporting them every step of the way through to 2025."

The Green Line, which will serve 21 stations, will eventually form part of an extensive regional network of up to six lines, including connections to the Taipei - Taoyuan Airport rail link and the Taiwan High Speed Railway.

The appointment maintains a long and successful history between Ricardo and the Taiwanese rail sector. The Taipei based team provided the independent verification and validation work throughout the construction of the country's high-speed network between 2000 and 2007, as well as during its recent extension to Nangang District. The team also performed the same role on the Taipei - Taoyuan Airport rail link which opened earlier in 2017.