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.

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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Rail and mass transit


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 offers certification and type approval services for a range of industry sectors and products.

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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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Accredited services from Ricardo Certification

Specialist accredited assurance roles delivered in line with national and international railway rules and approval processes.

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Case studies

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Researching optimised use of audible train warnings

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Bangkok Metro Blue Line

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