Ricardo appointed to support South Korea’s Great Train eXpress project

Ricardo appointed to support South Korea’s Great Train eXpress project
21 January 2020

Our Seoul-based rail technical consultancy team has been appointed to support the construction of GTX-A, the first line of South Korea's planned higher-speed commuter rail network for its capital city and surrounding commuter regions. 

Ricardo will provide Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) services to ensure the infrastructure (track and civil engineering) and rolling stock systems (vehicles, communications, signalling etc) are properly integrated and ready to provide a safe and efficient service once operations commence.
 

Our experts will put in place the exemplary management procedures that will help support this major investment in Seoul’s transport infrastructure.











As the appointed ISA, Ricardo’s teams will also assess engineering and maintenance system safety against relevant international standards, including IEC 62278/62279/62425.

Vital new higher speed network for the capital

As the first of three standard-gauge lines planned for the new network, ‘GTX-A’ will extend from Unjeong in the northern reaches of Seoul’s commuter region through to Dongtan in Gyeonggi Province in the south of the city.

With just ten stops along its route, including the city’s main Seoul Station interchange, the line will be capable of speeds of up to 180 km/h, allowing end-to-end journey times of just over 40 minutes, halving those of the current metro services.

As the first deep tunnel project to cross the city of Seoul, the project shares many characteristics of London’s Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), a project that Ricardo Certification, an independent accredited assurance business within the Ricardo group, has supported as the appointed Notified Body since 2012.

“Our experts will put in place the exemplary management procedures that will help support this major investment in Seoul’s transport infrastructure,” commented Seok-Kyun Shin, business manager for Ricardo Rail Korea.

"With the technical knowledge and assurance processes we have developed in the UK and elsewhere readily available to our teams, we can help anticipate the engineering challenges ahead for Line A and be ready to support plans for its interfaces with Lines B and C.”

Line A is expected to enter service in 2024, with lines B and C adding a further 130km to the network by the end of the decade. Combined, the new three-line GTX network will bring significant new rail capacity to Seoul’s commuter region.

Ricardo was appointed by SG Rail Ltd – the Special Purpose Company that will finance, design and build the GTX-A railway.

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