Train control and automation

Train control and automation

Technical consultancy and assurance services

Our signalling, control and communications specialists provide assurance and technical consultancy services to clients across the world who turn to us for our industry expertise and risk-based approach.

In Asia, we support the introduction of signalling technologies through our product certification services.

In Europe, we assist infrastructure managers to introduce ETCS and are at the leading edge of ERTMS knowledge. We were the Independent Safety Assessors for the first deployment of ETCS in the UK and are performing the same role for the migration of the Danish rail network to ERTMS.

We are a leading Independent Safety Assessor of urban transit signalling technologies and sub-systems across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the majority involving the application of CBTC technology. Our work with metro operators has included manual, ATO and UTO (GOA1, GOA2 and GOA4) systems.

Highly professional and turned around a number of deliverables quickly and efficiently helping Alstom over a very difficult period. Alstom SSX
Highly professional and turned around a number of deliverables quickly and efficiently helping Alstom over a very difficult period.

Technical consultancy

Our capabilities extend across all major trackside and onboard elements of a Control, Command Signalling system and include a combination of hardware and software design development support and analysis.

Previous assignment have included advising on the migration of legacy systems to ERTMS and CBTC, the development of technical safety arguments and Safety Cases, tender preparation and contracting.

Independent assurance

A major part of our work involved helping infrastructure owners and train operators  demonstrate their systems meet relevant regulatory and contractual requirements.

We operate schemes that validates compliance with standards such as EN50129 (safety case), EN50126 (RAMS), EN50128 (software), EIRENE (GSM-R) and the European Railways (Interoperability) Directive.  We ensure that all projects, where judged as ‘significant’, comply with the Common Safety Method risk management regulations referenced by the EN Railway Safety Directive, or alternatively follow recognized guidance on Engineering Safety Management, such as iESM.

We can also provide confirmation that the design and construction of signalling and telecommunications systems meet required codes and technical specifications and, where mandated by regulation, issue certification of the operational suitability of assets.

Training - ATB (Netherlands)

For our clients based in the Netherlands we provide specialist maintenance training on the Dutch safety system Automatische TreinBeïnvloeding (ATB). FOr more information about our full programme of courses, including those that have an examination, click the following link:

ATB Training from Ricardo

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Iarnród Éireann - staging strategy and ITT documentation for the integration of a new National Control Centre

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Signalling Grid2: Irish Rail