Ricardo appointed to support the transformation of the Greater Toronto Rail Network

Content of the article

Experts will conduct independent safety assessments during the design phase of the Go Expansion rail upgrade

Content of the article

LONDON — Ricardo Certification has been appointed Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) for the upcoming transformation of rail transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Ontario, Canada.

As ISA, Ricardo will provide an independent review of the program’s security documentation during its design phase, ensuring that it is fully compliant with relevant standards. Completing these assessments at this early stage will reduce the risk of delays or costly remedial work during the construction, installation and testing phases. The role was awarded by Metrolinx, a Crown agency of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for GO Transit, the regional rail and bus service network in the GTHA.

Richard Gibney, Director of Certification, Ricardo Certification, said, “We are delighted to be assigned this important safety role by Metrolinx. It is a complex and multi-faceted works programme, with new rolling stock, a new traction system and extensive infrastructure upgrades which must be designed to the highest safety standards. Drawing on the experience of similar projects around the world, we will provide independent assessment to help ensure safety remains at the forefront throughout key design stages.

GO Transit’s rail network consists of seven lines operating out of Toronto’s Union Station, served by an aging fleet powered by diesel locomotives. Infrastructure constraints imposed a variable schedule across the entire network, with traffic oriented towards peak hours. However, the number of rail passengers on GO Transit has grown steadily over the past few years: in 2020, the system carried more than 57 million passengers per year.

A rail upgrade program, “GO Expansion”, will provide faster and more frequent service using modern electric rolling stock. The program also includes new tracks, signaling and more than 650 km of electrification. The result will be a significant increase in services from 3,500 (2019) trains per week to over 10,000, with services running at least every 15 minutes. The new fleet should enable a 50% reduction in operating costs per km.

As an appointed ISA, Ricardo’s teams will support the program throughout the design phase to assess whether Metrolinx and ONxpress Transportation Partners have developed relevant safety documentation – including system definition, system safety and safety record – in full compliance with standards such as the Canadian Risk Assessment and Assessment Method, and EN50126, the international standard for the specification and demonstration of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) for railway applications.

Content of the article

As the first organization to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 under Canada’s new Independent Rail Safety Assessor Accreditation Program, Ricardo Certification has demonstrated its technical capabilities to the Standards Council of Canada ( CCN), the national accreditation body.


Ricardo plc is a world-class strategy, environment and engineering consultancy, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing nearly 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering innovative cross-sector sustainable results to support the energy transition and scarce resources, environmental services as well as safe and smart mobility. Our global team of consultants, environmental specialists, engineers and scientists help our clients solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world. Visit www.ricardo.com.

Ricardo Certified comprises a set of companies within the Ricardo Group that provide independent assurance and testing services in the railway and other industries. Companies within Ricardo Certification are accredited to inspection and certification standards allowing them to offer accredited services that comply with national and international rules and approval processes.

See the source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220522005010/en/




Andrew Foulkes
Marketing Communications Manager
Ricardo Rail
Email: [email protected]

Catherine Bellamy
Senior Group Communications Manager
Ricardo plc
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44(0)7921 941824


Comments are closed.