Our dedicated test facilities provide safe and reliable testing environments for new and modified technology within the rail industry

We own and operate two Rail Innovation & Development Centres (RIDCs) in Britain, one in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and the other in Tuxford in Nottinghamshire. The team that runs these RIDCs is part of our Safety, Technical and Engineering directorate.

These two test facilities are strategically very important because they provide a safe environment where new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology can be tested – either by us or the rail industry. These facilities are also available for training.

Safe and reliable testing at our RIDCs

RIDC Melton and RIDC Tuxford both closely represent the operational railway and include many characteristics found across our national network, making them a safe and reliable testing environment for the railway of the future.

Melton Rail Innovation & Development Centre

RIDC Melton provides a safe environment for testing new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology Our RIDC site at Melton, Leicestershire, has been purpose-built to support both high and low speed testing of vehicles and infrastructure…

Tuxford Rail Innovation & Development Centre

A former cross-country line, RIDC Tuxford provides a safe environment for testing new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology Our RIDC site in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, spurs off the Robin Hood line to provide 10 miles of…

Interested in using our RIDCs?

Please complete the RIDC Initial enquiry form and email it to RIDC@networkrail.co.uk to enquire about testing at RIDC Melton or RIDC Tuxford.

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Price List – Rail Innovation & Development Centres (PDF)
Brochure – Rail Innovation & Development Centres (PDF)