Catesby Tunnel vehicle testing facility to hold open day for industry professionals

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In collaboration with Catesby Projects, Catesby Tunnel is to hold an open day on Wednesday October 4, 2023. The facility has undergone a wide range of revisions and upgrades since it held an industry day in 2021 to mark the tunnel’s opening.

Four identical two-hour sessions will be held throughout the day, consisting of an introductory presentation from the site’s managing director Rob Lewis, exhibitions from service providers, a live vehicle demonstration and a driven guided tour of the tunnel. Exhibitors will include JRM, Evolution Measurement, Bramble and Catesby Projects.

Established in 1897, Catesby Tunnel was used as a railway tunnel until 1966. In 2013 it was developed into an advanced automotive testing facility with 2.7km of tarmac and the added benefit of repeatable environmental conditions all year round.

“Almost two years on from our initial launch event, we are really excited to be opening our doors to industry professionals once again,” said Jon Paton, group leader at Catesby Projects. “In that time, we have been very busy and played host to some really interesting tests at the tunnel. However, there are still plenty of people yet to see the facility in the flesh, so we are looking forward to showing them around.”

“We’re elevating the event this time around,” added sales and marketing coordinator Charlie Smith. “We have some industry-leading service providers exhibiting with us and there will also be live vehicle demonstrations. Uptake has been really positive and we can’t wait to welcome people on October 4.”

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