Ricardo supports DB Netz AG with TSI certification and safety assessments of ETCS

Ricardo supports DB Netz AG with TSI certification and safety assessments of ETCS
11 February 2021

Ricardo supports DB Netz AG with TSI certification and safety assessments of ETCS for the Rhine – Alpine Corridor
Ricardo has been appointed by Germany's national railway infrastructure manager, DB Netz AG, to provide Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) certification and Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) and Assessment Body (AsBo) safety assessment services for the Rhine – Alpine Corridor. The services relate to the ETCS (European Train Control System) for the rail infrastructure and will commence in 2021.

The Rhine-Alpine Corridor constitutes one of the busiest freight routes in Europe. It connects key North Sea ports of Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean port of Genoa. The Rhine-Alpine Corridor is a project to improve rail freight transportation in Europe and to encourage modal shift from road to rail. Ricardo has also been appointed for the sub projects in the Middle and West regions of Germany.

The work will be undertaken by Ricardo Certification, an independent business within the Ricardo group accredited by by relevant regulatory authorities to provide Notified Body assurance, ISA and  AsBo services. With this accreditation, the certification team is able to provide conformity assessments of infrastructure, trains and subsystems according to European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) regulations. 

Ricardo was selected for this project because of the appropriate experience and competences in combination with a thorough yet pragmatic approach. 


Currently  Ricardo Certification also fulfills the role of ISA and NoBo for the entire Banedenmark project, which entails the national implementation of ETCS in Denmark.

ETCS is the core signalling and train control component of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The technical scope of this assessment is limited to the ERTMS systems L1 and L2, which are provided on the corridor.

Richard Gibney, Director of Ricardo Certification, said: “We are honoured to have been chosen by DB Netz AG for this important role. Our appointment is testament to our extensive experience of supporting the implementation of ERTMS to Europe’s railways and our understanding of the standards that must be met. We look forward to working with DB Netz AG to bring the Rhine-Alpine Corridor on schedule.”

DB Netz AG is the railway infrastructure manager of Deutsche Bahn AG. It is responsible for the approximately 33,400 kilometer long rail network, including all operational necessary installations. An average of 23,500 trains are using DB Netz AG’s infrastructure every day.