UK company Ricardo will provide independent verification and validation services for the construction of the new 27 km ‘Green Line’ on the Taoyuan MRT system, in northwestern Taiwan.
The new line, also known as the ‘Aerotropolis Line’, will link Taoyuan City to Taiwan’s international airport, and also connect to the major centres of Zhongli, Bade and Dasi that form an urban corridor with a combined population of almost 750,000 people.
Over the course of the next 11 years the Ricardo will closely follow the system’s development, providing independent assessments of the system’s rolling stock, signalling, track infrastructure, power supply, supervisory control and data acquisition technology, stations and maintenance depots. The company will also assess safety standards throughout every aspect of the system’s construction.
“The Taoyuan City Green Line is the largest ever urban system in Taiwan to request IV&V support and we are proud to have been chosen by the selection committee to perform the role. It serves as confirmation of our strong reputation in Taiwan for professionalism, impartiality and experience,” Ricardo Rail’s business manager for Taiwan, Anon Tian, said.
The Green Line, which will feature 21 stations (including 10 underground), will eventually form part of an extensive regional network of up to six rapid transit lines with connections to the existing Taipei – Taoyuan Airport rail link and the Taiwan High Speed Railway.