ERTMS Expert Centre

ERTMS Expert Centre

Global ERTMS expertise

Our signalling, control and communications specialists provide expertise across every aspect of  ERTMS projects, with clients valuing our experience of its implementation across the world.

In the United Kingdom, we we were the independent safety assessors for the first deployment of ETCS in the UK for Network Rail (GSM-R rollout on Cambrian line) as well as the first implementation of ERTMS with Automatic Train Operation (ATO) on Thameslink. We are performing the same role for Northern City Line in London.

In Europe our teams are extensively involved with the migration of both Danish and Dutch rail networks to ERTMS with Banedanmark and Nederlandse Spoorwegen respectively as well as completing projects in Belgium and Germany.  

In Asia and Australia, we have supported the development and adoption of domestic signalling technologies based on ERTMS specifications, and continue to enable enable its implementation into operational environments across Korea, China and Australia.

ERTMS support Supporting every stage of your ERTMS project

How Ricardo can help you

We help infrastructure managers throughout the introduction of ERTMS systems able to provide support throughout their implementation. 

Our experience with ERTMS (ETCS + GSMR/FRMCS), Automatische treinbeïnvloeding (ATB), Automatic train operation (ATO) and digitalisation means we will help you stay fully abreast of developments within the industry and provide experienced guidance and solutions for challenges that arise in your own projects.

With deep technical knowledge of infrastructure and rolling stock design and maintenance processes, as well as specialist teams focused on vehicle-track interface issues, we can provide support across many areas including:

  • Advice on migrating from legacy systems
  • Business planning support and review
  • Feasibility analyses, tender preparation and contracting
  • Project engineering support for re-signalling schemes
  • Human factors, including workload analysis and ergonomic advisory (eg design of driver cab and control centre environments)
  • Assessment Body and Independent Safety Assessor services (AsBo / ISA)
  • Notified Body, Approved Body, Designated Body services (NoBo / ApBo / DeBo) 

Over 20 years of Proven ERTMS Experience

Project Date

K-ERTMS System Assurance, RAM support for KORAIL

2001

Early stage monitoring of ERTMS and specific transmission modules onboard Dutch passenger fleets

2004

Authorisation of Railion DE6400 freight locomotive for ERTMS operation on the Betuweroute

2004

Thalys High speed ETCS retrofit for HSL-Zuid

2005

Driver Task Analysis and operational specification for Cambrian Line ERTMS Early Deployment Scheme

2006

Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor for the migration of Denmark's national railway to ERTMS Level 2

2008

ETCS Level 1 ATP software validation for CRSCD

2008

Systems integration support for Thameslink deployment

2009

Safety strategy for UK Great Western signalling upgrades in preparation for ETCS overlay

2009

Engineered fitment of ERTMS equipment to Class 66 locomotive for Mitsui Capital Rail Europe

2012

Certification of Korea Train Control System (K-ETCS)

2012

Safety strategy for Network Rail for the Great Western route signalling upgrade

2013

Notified Body for Euro Freight Corridor 'C' ETCS implementation

2013

Monitored the performance of the ERTMS operated ICE3M fleet on the Dutch network

2014

Managed ETCS test programme for authorisation of Siemens Velaro Eurostar e320

2015

TRAXX locomotive onboard software test programme

2017

Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor for CRSCD’s ETCS-300TZ on-board product

2017

Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor for CRSCD’s Eurobalise and LEU

2017

Thales' chosen partner for the UK's Class 43 retrofit

2018

Completion of Thameslink ETCS signalling upgrade including ATO

2018

Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor for CRSCD’s ETCS Level 2 RBC-TZ Radio Block Centre V2.0.0

2019

Independent Safety Assessor Queensland ERTMS migration

2020

Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor for CRSCD’s ETCS-400T on-board product

2020

Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor for Hitachi’s ETCS F-OPE on-board product

2021

Certification of Rhine-Alpine corridor ETCS for DB Netz (ISA & AsBo).

2021

Notified Body for CRSCD’s KMC

2021

Notified Body and Assessment Body for CRSCD’s ETCS Level 2 RBC-TZ Radio Block Centre V2.1.0

2021

Siemens East Coast Mainline ETCS  L2 project (AsBo / ApBo) 2021
The benefits of ERTMS

The benefits of ERTMS

How ERTMS technology can help increase capacity across Europe's mainline rail networks. Read more

The challenges for the ERTMS rollout

ERTMS was always a long-term vision.  Some countries are understandably wary of the upheaval and risks involved in replacing deeply-ingrained national rules and practices. For others, financing is a key challenge.

Meanwhile, rolling stock – procured long in advance and with up to 40 year lifespans – has often continued to be manufactured to existing requirements, with ERTMS compatibility a low priority.

And even the concept of a common, unified system has been tested as countries sought local amendments and variations.

But the technology behind ERTMS Level 2 is proven and is gradually being implemented with all new EU mainline projects required to adopt it. Now under the stewardship of the European Railway Agency (ERA), the technology will be standardised, supply chains will fall into line, and migration programmes will be mastered. There is no doubt that the general direction of the industry is towards digitally-based, centralised control systems like ERTMS.

Denmark's national migration to ERTMS

Denmark's national migration to ERTMS

As the appointed Notified Body and Independent Safety Assessor, find out how we are working with Banedanmark, the Danish infrastructure manager, to help Denmark become the first European member state to migrate to ERTMS on a national scale. Read more

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