Over the course of both programmes, our work is addressing a range of technical aspects including onboard fitment, trackside fitment, programme level and railway activities. This also included establishing the operating rules to control the European Train Control System fitted railway (or in the case of S-Bane the rules adapted for the new CBTC system).
To support such a multi-discipline programme that will eventually span two decades our approach has focused on providing continuity in both methodology and personnel.
As such, upon our appointment to the programme in 2010 we established a new Ricardo office in Copenhagen with a mix of local and international experts. This ensured that our client would have access to all the technical knowledge that would be required at each decision point.
Through our Copenhagen office, we will be equipped to absorb the delays that may be expected in such a complex project yet react swiftly when work regains momentum, so that the approvals process does not create a bottleneck.
Two ‘Early Deployment’ lines entered into service in 2019, followed in 2020 by the first Roll Out line for the western region.
Both the resignalling and electrification works are expected to be complete by 2028-2030, leaving Denmark with a railway to rival any new build.
Meanwhile our Danish office has continued to grow as an established provider of Independent Assurance Services in Denmark, with other projects in our portfolio including Independent Safety Assessment roles for the construction of the Aarhus and Odense urban tram networks.