NCB awarded HS2 independent assessment services contract

Network Certification Body (NCB) and CERTIFER are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a 10-year contract valued at £20 million pounds to provide independent assessment services to HS2, covering the design and construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2a.

The partnership of NCB and CERTIFER provides HS2 with a team of experienced engineers and assessors with expertise across both the UK regulatory environment and high-speed rail to deliver CSM-RA Assessment Body, Notified Body and Designated Body services.

Over the course of the next 10 years, NCB and CERTIFER will provide assessments for HS2’s infrastructure, stations, railway systems (including signalling), tunnels and depots to ensure the overall system is designed and built to the required safety and technical standards.

James Collinson, Managing Director of NCB, said: Winning this contract is a significant milestone for NCB and for Network Rail and we look forward to contributing to the success of HS2.

“Created in 2012 as a subsidiary of the Network Rail group, NCB is an independent commercial enterprise that brings expertise and value for money to rail certification projects.

“We are very proud of the partnership we’ve created with CERTIFER as we recognised that HS2 would get much better value for money through our collective strengths.”

Pierre Kadziola, Managing Director of CERTIFER added: “For CERTIFER this important contract is a recognition of our know-how in the area of high speed rail certification. CERTIFER has been involved in all the railway projects in France since 2002 as a Notified Body and Designated Body.

“The choice of partnering with NCB was obvious for us as we share the same values of independence and competence. The combination of our high-speed rail experience with the great UK knowledge from NCB is crucial to delivering the requirements of HS2.”


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