18th February 2016
SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Verification has issued certificates for the installation of ETCS (European Train Control System) in several Swedish and Norwegian vehicles.
In Sweden, the certificates were issued in time to protect the Swedish vehicle owners from repayment obligations for EU contributions. The repayments could have totalled tens of millions of Euros.
In Norway, the certificates were issued in time to support the opening of the first European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) route in the country. SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Verification is the first notified body to issue full certificates for ETCS installations in Sweden and Norway.
"It feels great to finally issue certificates supporting the permanent authorisation of ETCS installations in vehicles. Work began to issue the first certificates six years ago, but neither the installed systems nor the legislation was sufficiently mature for it to be possible. Now we are among the first in the world to issue certificates that are fully in accordance with current standards and legislation" says Måns Elenius, Risk and Safety Team Leader for SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit.
Because the headquarters of SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Verification is in the UK, the work involved seamless cooperation between colleagues in Sweden and Britain. This result demonstrates that SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Verification, the dominant player for notified body vehicle certification in the UK, also has excellent skills and capability to carry out certification of ETCS onboard systems.
Several countries are poised for major expansion in respect of ERTMS. SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Verification is already involved in discussions about several new projects in the UK, as well as new and ongoing projects in Sweden and Norway.
The newly-certified vehicle types are Rc6, Td, Rd, X62, T66 and Tka7 in Sweden, and Robel 54:17, LM7 and Type 75 in Norway.