The Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration (IHSRSI) will be one of the world’s most advanced rail research and innovation facilities.

It will be the UK's first research centre dedicated not only to high speed rail, but to all rail speeds and associated system integration. 

The test facilities and System Integration Innovation Centre will allow us to replicate at full-scale the operational environment of the railway track and associated vehicles – measuring how train, track, power and signals interact as a unified system.

Working in partnership with the rail industry, we’ll tackle the grand challenges facing the sector. Our research will de-risk the development and delivery of new train vehicles and major infrastructure programmes and train the next generation of scientists and engineers through our study programmes.

“This new testing facility will be one of the most advanced in the world and will revolutionise the UK’s approach to high speed rail system design and implementation. Not only will it reduce the number of issues we see on the operational railway, it will help to bring economic growth and jobs to the area for many years to come.”

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair Network Rail

Supporting growth in the rail industry

  1. 1In 2018, there were around 800 new trains being tested on the rail network, with a further 6,000 in the pipeline. This is predicted to grow significantly over the next 15 years.
  2. 240,000 extra jobs are predicted in Leeds city region by 2050 in the rail industry and wider economic sectors as a result of investment in high speed rail.
  1. 3The IHSRSI will be built next to the Leeds Gateway 45 enterprise zone to the east of the city, close to the location planned by HS2 for their eastern supply depot.
  2. 4The IHSRSI's facilities will have the capability to test high speed trains which run at almost 250 mph.

Our funding

The Institute received investment from Research England and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority). Funding for the Institute has also come from industry partners and the University.