Testing services

Testing services

Please note: Ricardo offers testing services for the automotive and rail sectors. This website refers to our rail services only, for our automotive services portfolio please see ricardo.com/automotive/testing.

We offer the following test services for rolling stock within the rail industry:​

  • Assurance testing
  • ​Investigative testing
  • Test support

Our testing services are provided by an accredited team with extensive experience of organising rolling stock test runs on test rings as well as the live operational environment. 

Autonomous Measurements Service

Why choose Ricardo as your test partner

Test projects are complex exercises, involving a range of stakeholders with different priorities,  limited scheduling periods, specialist technical knowledge and, quite often, complex and unforeseen challenges that must be quickly resolved.

By choosing Ricardo, you will have the support of a test partner that:

  • Understands the requirements and lead-times of all parties.​

  • Can integrate test programmes within project plans from day one, with a clear overview and the flexibility to react to unexpected results or sudden unavailability of test track.

  • Ensures sufficient technical engineers are available throughout the test preparation and execution.

How is a test programme delivered?

Testing consists of three main activities:

  • Translation of the requirements set out in published standards to an appropriate test approach. 

  • Organisation of the test runs on a test ring or operational environment with the local operator.

  • Analysis of measurements by an ISO/IEC accredited measurements specialist (such as Ricardo).

Following many years' experience of vehicle testing, we know the importance of careful project management at every stage of the testing process. 

Our teams work in partnership with all stakeholders throughout the programme and - as an additional service - provide guidance for clients when they are confronted with unexpected situations at any point during the project - see test support.

A typical test project contains the following phases:

  • Preparation

  • Execution

  • Reporting



Our approach is to create a test specification that will ensure all the requirements are brought together and to develop protocols where tests are translated to the available infrastructure and operational environment.

For more information about our services,please contact our Measurements and Testing team: railEurope@ricardo.com