Ricardo has been appointed by Siemens Mobility to provide Notified Body services for the supply of 30 new high-speed intercity express (ICE) trains for Germany's national operator, Deutsche Bahn (DB).
The new trainsets, based on the Velaro MS design and due to be delivered into service from 2022, are part of a one billion euro investment by DB to expand its mainline fleet.
The work will be undertaken by Ricardo Certification, an independent business within the Ricardo group accredited by the EU Agency for Railways as a Notified Body (NoBo).
With this accreditation, the Certification team is able to provide conformity assessments of trains and subsystems against the relevant requirements of the European Interoperability Directives 2008/57/EC and 2016/797/EC.
Specifically, Ricardo Certification will verify the new ICE trains in terms of compliance with the current European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) regulations, including the quality management system of the production process.
Preparing DB for the future
The new ICE trains will initially run on routes between the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Munich via the high-speed Cologne-Rhine-Main line, increasing DB’s daily passenger capacity on these routes by 13,000 seats.
DB is investing in a strong future-proof rail system and plans to expand its fleet by more than 20% over the coming years. Despite a temporary fall in demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, inter-city rail transport is still forecast to experience long-term growth in terms of passenger miles.
By 2026, 421 ICE trains providing 220,000 passenger seats will be operating on Germany’s rail system. In addition to the 30 new ICE trains recently ordered, there is also an option for an additional 60 units.
The new ICE trains will be manufactured at Siemens locations in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Austria. Technically, the train is based on the proven platform of the VELARO type ICE 3, with each train offering 440 seats and capable of reaching top speeds of 320 km/h.
The most important requirement for the ICE order was to get the new trains on the rails as soon as possible. We can do exactly that by relying on our proven Velaro platform and our existing network of suppliers to which Ricardo belongs - Albrecht Neumann CEO Rolling Stock, Siemens Mobility
The new ICE trains are due to enter into service from 2022
“We’re pleased to deliver 30 high-speed trains to Deutsche Bahn, adding 13,000 seats and improved passenger experience to their fleet. The most important requirement for the ICE order was to get the new trains on the rails as soon as possible. We can do exactly that by relying on our proven Velaro platform and our existing network of suppliers to which Ricardo belongs", says Albrecht Neumann CEO Rolling Stock of Siemens Mobility.
“Ricardo is honoured to have been nominated for this important role by Siemens Mobility,” added Richard Gibney, Managing Director of Ricardo Certification. “From urban tram and metro systems to international high-speed services, Ricardo Certification is increasingly valued globally as an objective and independent partner for the assurance of compliance. We look forward to working with Siemens Mobility and DB in this major rolling stock investment for Germany’s mainline railway.”