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A (hopefully) comprehensive listing

Last update 2 December 2017

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This data is collated from the hidden depths of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) web site (the ORR was previously the Office of the Rail Regulator before 5 July 2004, then the Office of Rail Regulation 5 July 2004 to 15 October 2015).  There are, unfortunately, a number of errors and discrepancies within the raw data, and these are reflected here.  Some of these errors and discrepancies may be explained by there being some ORR records not on line, others cannot be explained in this way (for example, an application from the East Lancashire Light Railway Company Limited being received on 31 February 2002!).  Any transcribing errors are, of course, entirely the editor's.

Please note that licence exemption 1999 No 5 has not been omitted from this site: it was never issued by the ORR.

From about 2005, licence decisions include "SNRP", which is a Statement of National Regulatory Provisions.  This can be for passenger or freight operation.  It will be noted, too, that these, together with European passenger and freight licences, can and have been applied retrospectively to existing operators, although many may later (summer 2007) have been "unbackdated" (though different sources seem confused as to whether SNRPs of European licences were backdated or not).

Licences are granted, effectively, for all time.  However, there are certain conditions under which a licence is revoked, notably ceasing business (e.g. expired passenger franchises), superseded by a later licence, or a business not carrying out any licenced activity.  Revoked licences are shown through a strike-through, thus, as are licences otherwise no longer relevant.

The ORR has some guidance on applying for licences and exemptions, which makes interesting reading in its own right.

The data presented here is the best that could be found thus far: it is hoped that erroneous data may be corrected in due course.

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