Catesby Tunnel is just a few months away from opening and we are getting a lot of questions about why our tunnel is unique and what it offers that other facilities do not. We believe Catesby Tunnel will create a new benchmark for testing and the slides below aim to... read more →
Catesby Tunnel Catesby Tunnel testing facility in Northamptonshire is set to provide a worldwide benchmark for aerodynamic testing and vehicle development when it opens later this year. It houses a 2.7km long, purpose-built, straight road test track allowing an extensive range of vehicle assessment studies to be carried out on... read more →
Just a few months before our official opening, Rob and the film crew from "Walking Britain's Lost Railways" documentary, visited the Catesby Tunnel site, following the abandoned Grand Central Railway route, that once tore its way through the towns and cities of the East Midlands. Along with Rob Lewis, managing... read more →
The Catestby Innovation Centre, designed to bring together local high tech companies is on track to open Easter 2021. The main foundations and brickwork are already in place.
Catesby Tunnel featured on the Forgotten Relics YouTube channel. Reporters from Forgotten Relics, visited the construction site of Catesby Tunnel, to unfold the history of this amazing site as well as the challenges faced while converting it into a world class testing facility. Forgotten Relics, have been recording and celebrating... read more →
An initial 400m road surface has been laid to allow preliminary testing. A concrete foundation followed by an asphalt layer is now in place. The first car run has already been conducted.
Work begins on preparing the surface of the tunnel in order to lay 2.7 kilometres of tarmac. The surface will be incredible flat due to the stringent specifications required.
Catestby Tunnel has been highlighted as a world innovative project designed to enhance the UK engineering sector by the UK government. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/out-of-this-world-innovations-forge-ahead-in-2018-thanks-to-local-growth-fund
Construction on the main building adjoining the tunnel begins. This building will eventually house two full size articulated lorries to unload vehicles directly into the preparation area.
Construction begins. Initial work will primarily focus on the access roads and main road junctions that lead to the tunnel.