Ricardo congratulates the city of Aarhus, Denmark, on launch of new light rail system
Aarhus launched the first phase of its new light rail system today, marking a significant milestone in the development of a new public transport system – an infrastructure project which is supported by Ricardo Certification
Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city and is situated at the centre of east Jutland. This is a region that has experienced a steadily rising population following a period of sustained economic growth, and as a result, the number of journeys between Aarhus and its surrounding communities has more than doubled in recent years. As a result, the city is investing in a new light rail network – which is the first such system to operate in Denmark for 45 years. For this very important transport infrastructure project, Ricardo Certification has been fulfilling since 2012 the role of independent safety assessor.
The new system is viewed as essential to supporting the region’s continued prosperity, and is being developed in three phases. Phase 1, involving the construction of a new 12km light rail track through the city centre, was formally inaugurated today. The system connects to existing regional lines that extend to Odder in the south and to Grenaa to the north east. It will use a mix of light rail and ‘Tram Trains’ – bi-mode rolling stock that can operate on diesel when not running through the overhead wires provided within the city. Up to 12 trains per hour will serve this busiest central section.
“We are proud to be serving this important project for the city of Aarhus,” commented Ricardo Certification business manager Thomas Rasch. “Delivering a seamless new transportation system that integrates new track with existing lines, presents a range of challenges, and we were pleased to be able to fulfil the crucial role of independent safety assessor. We look forward to providing continued support through to completion of phases 2 and 3 for Aarhus in the coming years.”