Rail and mass transit

Technical expertise across all rail disciplines

We provide assurance and specialist engineering services to help clients navigate the industry's operational, commercial and regulatory demands

Whether assessing new products against international standards such as EN 50126, or the construction of entire railway systems, we offer a broad portfolio of independent assurance services that includes:

  • Accredited Notified Body, Designated Body and Assessment Body services delivered by accredited Ricardo Certification companies.
  • Independent Safety Assessment
  • Railway Product Certification services
  • Test and measurement services, including vehicles, components and signalling products.

For information about accredited services from Ricardo Certification, click here.

Using bespoke measurement and analysis techniques, we will help you gain new insights into your operational processes and asset base, enabling you to make evidence-backed decisions about operations and maintenance processes.

Our multi-disciplinary teams will work with you to agree your objectives, determine realistic work schedules, and ensure you have access to all the skills and insight needed to achieve your goals.

Even in specialist areas such as design, procurement, RAMS and digital security, we provide experts chosen not only for a deep knowledge of their discipline, but also their understanding of how your project must integrate seamlessly into the wider rail system.

Our award-winning design and engineering teams have an established record of supporting the entire design-build-maintain lifecycle. Previous assignments include full vehicle bodyshell designs, refurbishment programmes and conversion to low-carbon traction technologies.

We are also renowned for their expertise in fields such as ETCS and CBTC integration, vehicle-track interface, and  noise/vibration management.

Our strategy and planning practice brings operational insight to the long-term development of transport networks.

Whether preparing an economic impact assessment for an entirely new railway or defining organisation-wide cyber security responses, we help senior decision makers clarify objectives and present their plans to technical and non-technical audiences with a transparency that builds trust.

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We offer a wide range of railway engineering, assurance, certification and consultancy services to help you build safe and sustainable railways. 

Ricardo delivers a range of assurance and testing services across a variety of industries.

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Ricardo's strategic consultancy services enables our clients to navigate complexity in a disrupted world.

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Ricardo offers world-class technical consulting services to enable our customers to get the most from their products and services in the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors.

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Operations and maintenance services to ensure that our clients' programmes are delivered with excellence.

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Experts in delivering innovative system engineering and integration solutions towards a safe and sustainable future.

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Rail news and updates

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Rail Decarbonisation Challenge

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Human Factors safety review

Specialist assessment of tourist railway on England's southern coast.

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Net Zero rail in Adelaide

Ricardo to prepare feasibility study for net zero rail commuter services in Adelaide, South Australia

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Toronto's Ontario Line

Ricardo appointed to provide Independent Safety Assessment support for the build of Toronto’s Ontario Line

Case studies

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South Australia Net Zero Rail Study

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Finch West Light Rail Line

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Rotterdam Rivium ParkShuttle

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Rail and mass transit Knowledge hub

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Ricardo receives innovation funding for rail projects

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Technical support for new monorail line in Panama City

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Ricardo to prepare feasibility study for net zero rail commuter services in Adelaide, South Australia

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