Ricardo expertise helps bring Amsterdam’s new metro into service

Ricardo expertise helps bring Amsterdam’s new metro into service
23 July 2018

Amsterdam’s new 11km North-South metro line formally commenced operation across the city on 22 July.

The newly-opened line which will operate as 'Line 52' provides a new link from the Amsterdam Zuid (South) interchange to the central district, then continues on to the city’s northern reaches across the River IJ. 

Approximately 6kms of its 9.8km route is underground, with end-to-end journey times of around 16 minutes and peak time headways of 4 mins.

We have been providing technical support for the project since 2009, with our teams of rolling stock and infrastructure experts working across various stages of the route’s development, from infrastructure and traction power supply through to the replacement of aspects of the metro vehicles’ safety systems with automatic train control (specifically, communications-based train control (CBTC)).

“We are very proud to have played such an extensive role in this important new metro line,” said Maarten Spaargaren, Consulting Director at Ricardo's Utrecht Technical Centre. “Our involvement in such a major infrastructure project demonstrates our extensive technical expertise of rolling stock and rail infrastructure and their many complex interactions. Ricardo is one of very few organizations with the scale and capability to support such technically challenging work across multiple domains”.

Multi-discipline expertise, from train control to maintenance
Ricardo seconded specialists to support the CBTC aspects of the project. This spanned the development of the specifications for the new automatic system through to tender evaluation, inspection and, ultimately, the implementation of CBTC in the vehicles.

Ricardo advised in the field of design and inspection relating to the implementation of CBTC into the existing vehicle fleet that will transfer to the new line, as well as providing expertise regarding verification and validation activities, and the standard tests of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS).

The team also provided technical contract management of the traction power supply dossiers including reviews of the design documentation, advising the city authorities on any deviations, supervising factory-based tests and inspecting the traction power supply installations.

The opening of Line 52 will extend the length of Amsterdam’s transit system to approximately 80km. Should plans for further expansion emerge, Ricardo’s teams will be ready to contribute the experience and insight gained from this challenging but thoroughly rewarding project.