Ricardo Certification, an independent business within the Ricardo group, has been selected for the Notified Body role for the Belgrade-Budapest high-speed rail upgrade project.

The contract follows the Serbian rail authorities’ decision to adopt the European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs).

A Notified Body is necessary to provide verification services as an independent third-party during TSI planning, construction and testing phases.

"The work will be carried out using our accredited Notified Body processes and our team of expert assessors verified as possessing the required level of competence."

Ricardo Certification is set to perform the Notified Body role for the development of the 184km-long Serbian section between Belgrade and the border with Hungary under the latest initiative.

Ricardo Certification business manager Michiel Vernooij said: “The work will be carried out using our accredited Notified Body processes and our team of expert assessors verified as possessing the required level of competence.

“We look forward to working with Infrastructure of Serbian Railways through to the completion of this section of the high-speed rail upgrade.”

The 350km Belgrade-Budapest line originally opened to international traffic in the 19th century and since then has served as an important rail corridor between Central and Southeast Europe.

The upgrade project is being developed in three stages and is expected to reduce direct journey times between the two European capitals to around three hours from the current eight hours.

Overhaul works have already commenced on the Serbian section of the line.