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17.02.16

ORR approves RVEL to become new non-passenger train operator

A new train operator has received permission from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to operate non-passenger services between Derby and Old Dalby.

Railway traction and rolling stock specialists Railway Vehicle Engineering Limited (RVEL) will expand into train operation after being granted a Safety Certificate and Non-passenger Train Licence by the ORR.

The certificate is valid for five years and will allow RVEL to operate non-passenger services between its headquarters at the Derby RTC and Old Dalby test track in support of its existing engineering and re-engineering business.

Andy Lynch, managing director at RVEL, said: “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.”

RVEL was founded in 2007 and was acquired in 2014 by US contractor and railway equipment manufacturer Loram, which now own 51% of the shares in the company.

As part of the preparations for RVEL to meet ORR’s safety standards, the company appointed former Northern Rail safety and assurance director Gary Stewart as its new safety and assurance director last year.

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