Assessment and Testing of Metropolitan and Lightrail Systems

Safe Journeys Above and Below Ground

Every day, metro and suburban trains and trams bring millions of people to where they need to be. To be able to do this efficiently and punctually, operators need their vehicles and systems to run smoothly. Our experts can carry out audits and safety assessments of your company's trains - during construction and operation. We are qualified to check the entire overground and underground rail system; be it individual trains, fully automatic components, or tunnel construction. We take care of type approval and certification of your vehicles, and also evaluate all safety concepts. This ensures that even dangerous situations, such as fire emergencies, remain completely under your control.

Benefits at a Glance

An evaluation and audit of your metropolitan and suburban train system by TÜV Rheinland enables you to:

  • Fulfill current safety and quality norms, such as the CENELEC, the European committee for electrotechnical standardization, rail engineering norms or those of the BOStrab, the tram construction and operation directive
  • Provide smooth operation of your metropolitan, suburban, or tram service and show your commitment to preventing accidents
  • Take advantage of our RAMS services, based on CENELEC norm EN 50126, to ensure that faults are already detected and prevented in the planning phase
  • Rely on our support for effective interface management with efficient, cost-effective operation
  • Benefit from our extensive knowledge of automated and highly automated metro systems and driverless suburban rail systems from all manufacturers worldwide

Operational Safety Services for Trams, Metropolitan, and Suburban Train Systems

Our experts carry out safety assessments of metropolitan and suburban rail systems, including driverless ones, in several steps: These include:

  • Assessment of records: design and analyses
  • Audit of quality and safety management systems
  • Assistance during verification and validation measurements and
  • Preparation of intermediate and final reports and certificates during the entire life-cycle of your system

Our Assessments, Tests, and Certifications – One by One

in addition type and final inspections and type accreditation and certification, we can also carry out project and interface management on your behalf. We also offer the following services:

Assessment Services

  • Independent safety assessments of your entire system: construction engineering, including tunnel construction
  • Vehicles, train safety technology, SCADA, communication systems
  • Assessment of superior safety concepts, for example, evacuation, rescue, and fireproofing concepts
  • Audit and assessment of:
    • Safety records for entire systems and subsystems
    • Design, development, verification, and validation processes
    • Operation and maintenance organization and regulations

RAMS services according to CENELEC norm EN 50126

  • Hazard inspections based on EN 50126, 50128, 50129
  • Assessment RAMS analyses - PHA, SSHA, O&SHA, Central Hazard Log
  • Assessment hazard budget apportioning and safety requirement steps
  • Assessment tolerable hazard rates and safety targets

Our Accreditations and Licenses

  • Inspection body type A based on ISO/IEC 17020
  • Certification body based on the EN 45011 / 17065
  • Auditor for IRIS

In France, we are nationally recognized as an EOQA for lightrail networks and OQA for long-distance and main line rail systems. In the UK, we are recognized by Network Rail and UKAS/DfT and also by IVW for accreditation tests in the Netherlands (Goedkeuring). We also offer various individual accreditations from German railway technology approval and monitoring authorities such as the Federal Railroad Office (EBA) and TABs.