DRS is powered by its partners at the ‘consultation table’. The Partners of DRS discuss many topics regarding Dutch rail-related export. The Table serves as an editorial board responsible for selection and quality of showcases, including pilot projects in various countries.

The table is chaired by Carolien Gehrels (Arcadis), while the secretary is managed by Rob van der Bijl (RVDB/Lightrail.nl) in co-operation with DRS-partner Railforum.

We are proud to present our Partners for an international audience. Five of them, Arcadis, Moveres, Ricardo Rail, Strukton and Railforum are showed in part 1.


Partners profiles (part 1)



With passion, courage and vision, the 80 employees of APPM work on planning, developing and restructuring urban and rural areas. APPM projects focus on better accessibility, infrastructure and mobility. Our goal is a future for the Netherlands that is climate-proof, abundant in water and sustainable.

APPM was founded in the northern part of the Dutch ‘Randstad’, the major metropolitan area in the west of the Netherlands. This is an excellent position to support DRS.

Address: APPM (main office), Spicalaan 8 2132 JG Hoofddorp The Netherlands
Contact: Arend van Dijk, project manager infrastructural projects
+31 23-5621630,  dijk@appm.nl


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Based on the principles of client focus, collaboration, integrity and sustainability, Arcadis works on impactful projects in the natural and built environment around the world. Our company has been active for more than 125 years. Some examples of rail projects we’ve worked on are: Amsterdam Central Station, Crossrail 2 or rail network electrification in the UK, EUStates2cross Cross-border transport Limburg, Grand Paris Metro, the Doha Gold Line in Qatar and making New York Metro Stations Hurricane-proof.


Rail has a rich past and a promising future. The worldwide trend of more and more people moving to cities is still advancing. This calls for transport solutions that improve accessibility in and between agglomerations. The solution often is a mix of several rail and other public transport types


Next to urban development, in the past decade, more and more plans have been developed for railway lines that seamlessly connect entire continents. These plans focus on the faster and more sustainable transport of people and goods throughout the world. Connecting inter and intra city rail connections is an expert activity. As a government or rail infrastructure company making the right feasibility trade-off, development choices or optimizations moves you to look for a design and consultancy partner that achieves extraordinary sustainable results. This is why we support the Dutch Rail Sector Network.


Address: Arcadis, Eempolis – Piet Mondriaanplein 26, 3812 GV Amersfoort,
P.O. Box 220, 3800 AE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Contact: Bas Bollinger, Global Leader Rail & Urban Transport
+31 88 426 1206,  bas.bollinger@arcadis.com


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We Connect- Movares is an engineering consultancy, covering the fields of infrastructure, public transport, mobility, power, waterways and urban development.


Movares is proud on her experience of 150 years in the railway infrastructure design and consultancy as former engineering department of the Dutch Railways. Usability, future value and sustainability play a major role in the designs we produce an the advice we give. In this capacity, we strongly support the DRS platform.


Address: Movares Europe B.V., Daalseplein 100, 3511 SX  Utrecht, P.O. Box 2855, 3500 GW  Utrecht, The Netherlands
Contact: Frits Immers, Managing Director
+31 6 5343 4869 frits.immers@movares.com www.movares.com


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Ricardo Rail – Delivering Excellence Through Innovation & Technology; we are a global consultancy offering a range of technical and specialist engineering services to the rail market.


Ricardo is proud to be a partner of DRS to which we will contribute with our long-standing knowledge and expertise of rolling stock, rail infrastructure and functional safety. Our global network in rail and other industries will offer DRS opportunities for a strong international positioning.
As part of the Ricardo group, we are able to offer the DRS network direct access to the latest in transportation engineering and design, including the technologies and applications that Ricardo’s engineers have successfully brought to fields for over 100 years.

Address: Ricardo Rail, Radboudtoren, Catharijnesingel 33, 3511 GC Utrecht, P.O. Box 2016, 3500 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands
Contact: Wil van Roij, Business Manager Consulting Rolling Stock
+31 (0)30 7524 700 raileurope@ricardo.com  rail.ricardo.com


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Strukton Rail for design, build, renew and maintain rail and rolling stock systems  is a full-service and technology provider for rail systems world-wide.  Its mission: to make rail transport a more competitive, safe and reliable option.


Strukton Rail strongly supports the DRS platform in its efforts to provide a window for Dutch rail technology and the insightful solutions this industry can create in a highly urbanized country. Through almost a century of rail construction involvement, maintenance expertise and technological development, Strukton Rail has adopted, created and connected past, modern and future best practices that contribute to the safety, reliability and availability of railway infrastructure and rolling stock.
Strukton Rail works on the principle that up-to-date knowledge about the condition of the assets enables preventative action, allows customers to keep one step ahead of breakdowns and maximises system availability. It supplies all relevant professional disciplines and is involved in all stages of projects, from design to construction and maintenance.


Address: Strukton Rail BV, Westkanaaldijk 2, 3542 DA  Utrecht
P.O. Box 1025, 3600 BA  Maarssen, The Netherlands
Contact: Ben van Schijndel or Dominique Bex
+31 (0)30 2407200 info@struktonrail.com www.struktonrail.com


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Railforum – Knowledge Network for Inspiring Meetings.  Railforum organizes meetings, where important players from the rail sector come together, discuss and preferably directly show initiative and take action. This happens in cooperation with our members and partners.


The members see Railforum as ‘a safe haven’, where one can share knowledge with each other openly. Because of the unique mix of active members we also discuss topics that are sometimes avoided. Railforum offers DRS a network for meetings and exchanging knowledge and experiences.


Address: Railforum, Moreelsepark 65, 3511 EP, Utrecht
P.O. Box 1409, 3500 BK Utrecht, The Netherlands
Contact: Corina de Jongh, director
+31 (0)30 303 54 70 dejongh@railforum.nl  www.railforum.nl