Network Rail RIDC

About us

Network Rail owns and operates RIDC Melton and RIDC Tuxford. These two strategically important facilities provide a safe and reliable operational environment for the testing of new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment, and technology. The RIDC Team prides itself on working collaboratively to enable your testing and trialling requirements. The RIDC’s are truly representative of the operational railway and include many characteristics found on the national network.

RIDC Tuxford is located at Tuxford in Nottinghamshire and it is accessed off the Robin Hood Line.

RIDC Melton is located near. Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and it is accessed off the Leicester to Peterborough Line.



  • European Train Control System (ETCS)
  • 25kV AC Overhead Line Equipment
  • 630V DC 3rd / 4th rail
  • Certified acoustic noise test site
  • Maximum over cant deficiency
  • Brake performance validation
  • Wheel slip protection and adhesion testing
  • Single/dual pantograph testing
  • Rolling stock rescue and recovery
  • Aerodynamic pressure pulse testing in tunnels
  • GSM-R voice and data
  • 5G telecommunications test bed



  • Dummy Overhead Line Equipment
  • Dummy 3rd/4th rail
  • RIS-1530 test facility
  • Adhesion testing
  • Brake performance testing
  • Wheel slip protection testing
  • Drainage test facility
  • Road Rail Access Points (RRAP)