UK’s Ricardo has been selected to provide independent verification and validation services for the construction of the new 27km ‘Green Line’ on the Taoyuan MRT system in Taiwan.

Also known as the ‘Aerotropolis Line’, the new line will connect Taoyuan City to the country’s international airport.

It will also connect to the major centres of Zhongli, Bade, and Dasi that form an urban corridor.

Set to feature 21 stations, the Green Line will eventually form part of a regional network of up to six rapid transit lines and link to the existing Taipei – Taoyuan Airport rail link and the Taiwan High Speed Railway.

The Ricardo team will be responsible for providing independent assessments of the system’s rolling stock, signalling, track infrastructure and power supply during the next 11 years.

“The Taoyuan City Green Line is the largest ever urban system in Taiwan to request IV&V support.”

The company will also provide supervisory control and data acquisition technology, stations and maintenance depots while evaluating safety standards throughout every aspect of the system’s construction.

Ricardo Rail business manager for Taiwan Anon Tian said: “The Taoyuan City Green Line is the largest ever urban system in Taiwan to request IV&V support.

“It serves as confirmation of our strong reputation in Taiwan for professionalism, impartiality and experience.

“We recognise that our role places a heavy responsibility on each Ricardo staff member, but the team is fully committed to working with the Taoyuan City Government to deliver a system that will serve the city with reliable trains and excellent customer service from day one.”

The company plans to start preparations with immediate effect for working alongside the project teams and will coordinate with them through 2025.