Centre of Excellence in Testing

UKRRIN, for the first time, brings together world-class research activities within universities across the full landscape required to deliver systems-level technology innovation into the rail industry, and co-locate this with the key UK rail industry supply chain and support companies. The network will incorporate access to existing at-scale test facilities, including Network Rail’s Rail Innovation & Development Centres (RIDC Melton and RIDC Tuxford) and other key partners that will support the acceleration of adoption and transformational change in rail systems technology and new railway products and services.

Rail Innovation & Development Centres (RIDC)

RIDC Melton and RIDC Tuxford

Where they are?

RIDC Melton

  • Unit F, Melton Commercial Park
  • Asfordby
  • Melton Mowbray
  • Leicestershire
  • LE14 3JL

RIDC Tuxford

  • Lodge Lane Industrial Estate
  • Ashvale Road
  • Tuxford
  • Nottinghamshire
  • NG22 0NL

What they are?

Enablers for new and modified technology within the rail industry in a safe and reliable testing & trialling environment.

About RIDC Melton

RIDC Melton is a purpose-built test track for the testing of rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure and equipment. The facility has been designed to support high and low speed testing of vehicles and infrastructure using 25kV (11 miles) overhead line equipment and 3rd/4th rail DC equipment. RIDC Melton has two separate test tracks, high speed test facility between Melton Junction and Edwalton, incorporating 13 miles of track up to 125mph and a slow speed test track from Old Dalby to Stanton tunnel, having 4 miles of track capable of up to 60mph.

Melton Facilities

  • 3 workshop roads
  • 1 fully pitted road
  • Lifting and jacking facility
  • 415v shore supply
  • Stabling
  • Dedicated office space
  • Ability to change infrastructure characteristics
  • Available Testing
  • TSI high speed noise compliant testing
  • Maximum over cant deficiency testing
  • Overspeed testing
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing
  • Brake performance testing
  • Wheel Slide Protection (WSP)
  • Single/dual pantograph testing
  • Coupling compatibility testing
  • Rescue and recovery
  • Surge pressure testing in tunnels
  • Low adhesion testing

About RIDC Tuxford

Tuxford spurs off the Robin Hood line, between Thores by Junction and High Marnham, it is 10 miles of single line test track with a 3 mile double section, with testing speeds capabilities of up to 75mph. It comprises a short section of non-live 25kV type catenary, a short section of non-live 3rd/4th rail. It offers a perfectly suited facility to develop rail vehicles, technology, equipment and to deliver operator training and competence assessments.

Tuxford Facilities

  • Office & mess facilities
  • Sidings
  • Stabling
  • Dummy OLE
  • Dummy 3rd & 4th rail
  • Ability to change infrastructure characteristics

Types of Testing

  • RIS-1530-PLT rail plant test site offering bespoke capabilities and this is unique in the UK. It has all of the required infrastructure parameters for compliance with railway industry standards, applicable to new and modified on-track machines on one site.
  • Tamper and Stoneblower training area
  • Thimbling training area
  • Adhesion test sites up to 1:25 W6A vehicle gauge
  • Lifting training site
  • Handbrake testing
  • Slip brake testing equipment

Why they exist?

Rail Innovation & Development Centres (RIDC): owned and operated by the Safety, Technical & Engineering directorate on behalf of Network Rail to provide a safe operating environment for the testing, trialling and validation of new and modified rolling stock, plant, on track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology.

How to access them?

Get in touch with RIDC to find out how to access these facilities



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