Amsterdam’s new 11km North-South metro line – which will operate as ‘Line 52’ – formally commenced operation across the city on 22 July 2018. The line provides a new link from the Amsterdam Zuid (South) interchange to the central city and beyond to the Noord precinct. Around 6 kms of its 9.8 km route is underground, with end-to-end journey times of around 16 minutes and peak time headways of 4 mins.

DRS partner Ricardo provided technical support for the project since 2009, with its teams of rolling stock and infrastructure experts working across various stages of the route’s development, from infrastructure and traction power supply through to replacement of aspects of the metro vehicles’ safety systems with automatic train control – specifically communications-based train control (CBTC).

“We are very proud to have played such an extensive role in this important new metro line,” commented Maarten Spaargaren, consulting director at Ricardo’s Utrecht Technical Centre. “Our involvement in such a major infrastructure project demonstrates our extensive technical expertise of rolling stock and rail infrastructure, and their many complex interactions. Ricardo is one of very few organizations with the scale and capability to support such technically challenging work across multiple domains.”

Source: Ricardo, adapted by DRS