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NCB/Certifer partnership awarded Notified Body contract for Rail Baltica

Network Certification Body (NCB) and Certifer are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the contract by the Joint Venture of the Baltic States, RB Rail AS, to provide Notified Body (NoBo) assessment services for Rail Baltica.

The Rail Baltica project is an 875-km-long greenfield project which will connect three European Union Member States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Several regional stations and stops will be constructed and will be designed to be accessible to all types of passengers.

The line will also feature more than 140 different railway structures, including railway bridges over rivers, railway viaducts over roads, railway viaducts over land and railway structures over pedestrian/cyclist crossings.

The line has been designed to accommodate both 240km/h passenger services and 120km/h freight services, formong the central part of the Baltic Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Traffic management will be supported by ERTMS Level 2 Baseline 3, and the line will be powered by a 2×25 kV 50 Hz overhead contact line.

Rail Baltica bridge at Riga.

The partnership of Certifer and NCB will provide Rail Baltica with a team of experienced engineers and assessors with expertise across the European regulatory environment to deliver NoBo services.

They will work with the project team throughout the design, construction and testing phases, right up to the commissioning of the Rail Baltica line.  As an independent and accredited organisation, the partnership will provide all the necessary conformity assessments against the relevant requirements so that Rail Baltica can launch its operations as planned.

Sam Brunker, managing director of NCB, said: I am very pleased that NCB, in association with Certifer, will be contributing to this prestigious project. It builds on the success of our similar arrangement to provide independent assessment services to the HS2 project, and is a great example of UK continuing to do export business.”

Pierre Kadziola, chief executive officer of CERTIFER added: “As a European leader of inspection and certification in the rail domain, it was important for Certifer to be part of one of most important and exciting railway projects of the next ten years in European Union.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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