Testing of new vehicles or infrastructure is not just a technical challenge, there is also an important safety aspect to keep in mind.
In many cases the objectives are to prove that a vehicle can operate safely on the infrastructure.
Test programmes are often more complicated than normal train operations and extra precautions are needed to ensure that test runs are performed safely, especially if testing on infrastructure that is still in operation.
Working with various operators, we ensure that tests are performed safely and under the required operational conditions. Prior to performing the test runs, we ask for permission of the NSA to perform the test programme. This permission is based on a technical safety case, where we create specific risk assessments for each test and make sure safety supervisors are present to monitor the test runs.
For more information, please contact our Measurements and Testing team: railEurope@ricardo.com