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RVEL Becomes Train Operator

RFEM Member 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.”

SHIFT2RAIL Deadline Fast Approaching

SHIFT2RAIL is a public-private partnership to invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation to get more passengers and freight onto Europe’s railways.
There are currently a number of open competitions for companies to apply into; but the deadline for submissions of 17th March is fast approaching.
Topics that are in the current programme for which funding is available include:

– development of next generation tractions systems and brakes
– feasibility studies for next generation of TCMS and safe control for brakes
– technical specifications for new communications systems
– detection and protection definition for cyber security assessment
– research into radical ways for trains to change tracks
– interoperability framework governance and framework converters
– freight automation including vehicle/train dynamics and freight wagon predictive maintenance
– energy usage and energy saving
– noise reduction
– improved object detection on the infrastructure to prevent safety critical incidents

For more information about the above visit the website


Contact Rail Forum East Midlands for details about joining.