RVEL, a Loram company, has been granted a Safety Certificate and Non-passenger Train Licence by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) allowing the company to operate non-passenger services.
The initial Safety Certificate, covering a period of five years, will allow RVEL to operate trains between the Derby RTC and Old Dalby test track in support of its existing engineering and re-engineering business. RVEL hopes to operate its first train along this route in mid 2016.
RVEL’s decision to apply for a Non-passenger Train Licence follows the company’s acquisition by US company Loram in 2014. Loram are world leaders in train based rail-head treatment services.
In preparation for the grant of this Licence and Safety Certificate RVEL has re-organised and strengthened its Board.
Led by managing director Andy Lynch, the RVEL Board is now structured as follows:
- Andy Houghton, Commercial Director
- Peter Erwin, Operations Director;
- Paul Riley, Engineering Director;
- David Rogers, Finance Director;
- Rupert Brennan Brown, Communications Director; and
- Gary Stewart, Safety and Assurance Director
Gary Stewart joined RVEL in 2015 from Northern Rail and he has played a significant part in ensuring that RVEL’s Safety Management System met the Office of Rail and Road’s exacting standards prior to the ORR granting RVEL a Safety Certificate.
Andy Lynch, managing director of RVEL said: “We are delighted that the Office of Rail and Road has granted RVEL a Non-passenger Licence and Safety Certificate.
“The ORR Safety Team has demanded evidence of the very highest standards of compliance from RVEL prior to granting this operating documentation and I am enormously proud of my team for meeting ORR’s exacting standards.
“This is the start of RVEL’s journey as a train operator, and we look forward to growing our capability to meet our customers’ and the industry’s needs over the coming years.”
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Notes to Editors
RVEL is based at the RTC in Derby; the heart of the UK railway industry.
RVEL was formed in 2007 and has steadily grown its business delivering bespoke maintenance and re-engineering services to a range of industry customers.
RVEL’s newly granted Safety Certificate and Operating Licence will allow the company to offer an enhanced range of services to its existing customer base.
RVEL is 51% owned by Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. (LORAM) a railway equipment manufacturer and services provider, specialising in rail-head treatment.
Loram was founded in 1954 and is based in Minneapolis USA. LORAM acts as a contractor offering rail track maintenance services to freight, passenger, and transit railroads.