Licences issued by the Office of the Rail Regulator/Office of Rail Regulation/Office of Rail and Road (ORR)

A (hopefully) comprehensive listing

Companies beginning D

Last update 23 September 2020

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DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems (UK) Limited

See Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Dartmoor Railway CIC

Formerly Dartmoor Railway Limited (to 21 September 2006)

Licence exemption 2004 No 2

Consultation began 11 February 2004; from 22 March 2004

Stations:

Meldon Quarry

Okehampton

Sampford Courtenay

It appears that passenger, non-passenger and light maintenance depot exemptions were granted on 22 March 2004, though these were not on the public application

Dartmoor Railway Limited

See Dartmoor Railway CIC

Dart Valley Railway Limited

Formerly Dart Valley Railway plc (to 28 November 2018)

Licence exemption

Consultation began 2 August 2001

Activity not defined

Licence exemption

Consultation began 25 July 2003

Network forming the short line from the stopboard at Paignton South level crossing at 222m 21c to 222m 27½c and from the south end of the aforementioned network to the boundary with the existing Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway network at 223m, any passenger or non-passenger train on networks

Also station:

Goodrington Sands

Licence exemption 2006 No 7

Consultation began 7 June 2006; from 11 July 2006

Network forming the short line from the stopboard at Paignton South level crossing at 222m 21c to 222m 27½c and from the south end of the aforementioned network to the boundary with the existing Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway network at 223m, any passenger or non-passenger train on networks

Also station:

Goodrington Sands

Dart Valley Railway plc

See Dart Valley Railway Limited

DB Cargo International Limited

Formerly Railfreight Distribution Limited (to 30 November 1998) then English Welsh & Scottish Railway International Limited (to 27 February 2013) then DB Schenker Rail International (28 February 2013 to 29 February 2016)

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 12 March 1997 (English, Welsh & Scottish Railway Holdings Limited)

Network licence UK 03 1996 0007

From 12 October 1996

Sidings, yards, etc.

Non-passenger licence UK 03 1996 0006

From 12 October 1996

International licence

Consultation began 7 May 1999; from 27 August 1999

European freight licence UK 01 2005 0030

From 28 November 2005

Freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0031

From 28 November 2005

International freight licence UK 01 2005 0032

From 28 November 2005

International freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0033

From 28 November 2005

DB Cargo (UK) Limited

Formerly Transrail Freight Limited (to 16 October 1996) then English Welsh & Scottish Railway Limited (17 October 1996 to 18 December 2008) then DB Schenker Rail (UK) Limited (19 December 2008 to 29 February 2016)

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 1 March 1996 (North and South Railways Limited)

Network licence UK 03 1995 0002

From 31 March 1995

Network not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 1995 0001

From 31 March 1995

Licence exemption 1995 No 1

From 31 March 1995; revoked 26 October 2004

All light maintenance depots existing at the time of the exemption used wholly or mainly for non-passenger light maintenance and networks associated with depots

Licence exemption

Consultation began 4 December 2001

Activity not defined

Licence exemption 2003 No 4

Consultation began 14 February 2003; from 28 March 2003; revoked 26 October 2004

Light maintenance depots:

Hoo Junction

Parkeston Quay

Peak Forest

Temple Mills (Stratford New)

Thornton

Warrington Arpley

Licence exemption 2004 No 16

Consultation began 30 July 2004; from 8 September 2004; updated as L/14/01 from 8 April 2014

Light maintenance depots used "wholly or mainly for the provision of light maintenance services in relation to rolling stock used other than for the purposes of carrying passengers"

Aberdeen
from 15 September 2004?; removed 21 March 2014

Acton Main Line Yard
from 4 July 2013

Avonmouth
from 15 September 2004

Bescot Up Yard
from 15 September 2004

Cardiff Tidal Sidings
from 15 September 2004

Carnforth
from 15 September 2004

Crewe Gresty Lane
from 15 September 2004

Dollands Moor
from 15 September 2004

Doncaster Wood Yard
from 15 September 2004

Eastleigh BRT Sidings
from 2 January 2015

Eastleigh East Yard & Holding Siding
from 2 January 2015

Fort William
from 15 September 2004

Fowey Docks
from 15 September 2004

Frodingham
from 15 September 2004

Hither Green (Bramdean) Down Yard
from 2 January 2015

Hoo Junction Up Yard
from 15 September 2004

Manchester Trafford Park Euroterminal
from 21 March 2014

Milford Sidings
from 15 September 2004

Morris Cowley Car Terminal
from 2 January 2015

Newport East Usk Yard
from 15 September 2004

Northampton
from 15 September 2004

Northampton Yard
from 15 September 2004

Oxford Hinksey
from 15 September 2004

Parkeston Quay
from 15 September 2004

Peak Forest
from 15 September 2004

Redhill Loco Sidings
from 4 July 2013

Scunthorpe Yard
from 15 September 2004

Stoke Gifford
from 15 September 2004?; removed 21 March 2014

Swansea Burrows
from 15 September 2004

Tees Yard
from 2 January 2015

Temple Mills
from 15 September 2004?; removed 21 March 2014

Thornton Yard
from 15 September 2004

Tonbridge
from 15 September 2004?; removed 21 March 2014

Warrington Arpley
from 15 September 2004

Washwood Heath Up Yard
from 15 September 2004

Westbury
from 15 September 2004

Westbury Yard
from 15 September 2004

Woking
from 15 September 2004

Licence exemption L/14/01

Supersedes 2004 No 16; from 8 April 2014

Acton Main Line Yard

Avonmouth

Bescot Up Yard
removed 21 November 2019

Cardiff Tidal Sidings

Carnforth

Crewe Gresty Lane

Dollands Moor

Doncaster Wood Yard

Eastleigh BRT Sidings
from 2 January 2015

Eastleigh East Yard & Holding Siding
removed 21 November 2019

Fort William

Fowey Docks

Frodingham

Hither Green (Bramdean) Down Yard
from 2 January 2015

Hoo Junction Up Yard

Manchester Trafford Park Euroterminal

Milford Sidings

Morris Cowley Car Terminal
from 2 January 2015

Newport East Usk Yard

Northampton

Northampton Yard

Oxford Hinksey

Parkeston Quay

Peak Forest

Peak Forest (Dove Holes)
from 2 January 2015

Redhill Loco Sidings

Scunthorpe Yard

Swansea Burrows

Tees Yard
from 2 January 2015

Thornton Yard

Warrington Arpley

Washwood Heath Up Yard

Westbury

Westbury Yard

Woking

European freight licence UK 01 2005 0028

From 28 November 2005

Freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0029

From 28 November 2005

European passenger licence UK 01 2011 0001

Consultation began 18 November 2011; from 22 December 2011

DB Regio Tyne And Wear Limited

Passenger licence UK 03 2010 0001

Consultation began 18 February 2010; from 1 April 2010; revoked 19 May 2017

Station licence UK 03 2010 0002

Consultation began 18 February 2010; from 1 April 2010; revoked 19 May 2017

Erroneously-included stations were removed 29 March 2010 before licence took effect

Airport
removed 29 March 2010

Bank Foot
removed 29 March 2010

Bede
removed 29 March 2010

Benton
removed 29 March 2010

Brockley Whins

Byker
removed 29 March 2010

Callerton Parkway
removed 29 March 2010

Central Station
removed 29 March 2010

Chichester
removed 29 March 2010

Chillingham Road
removed 29 March 2010

Cullercoats
removed 29 March 2010

East Boldon

Fawdon
removed 29 March 2010

Fellgate

Felling
removed 29 March 2010

Four Lane Ends
removed 29 March 2010

Gateshead Stadium
removed 29 March 2010

Gateshead
removed 29 March 2010

Hadrian Road
removed 29 March 2010

Haymarket
removed 29 March 2010

Hebburn
removed 29 March 2010

Heworth
removed 29 March 2010

Howdon
removed 29 March 2010

Ilford Road
removed 29 March 2010

Jarrow
removed 29 March 2010

Jesmond
removed 29 March 2010

Kingston Park
removed 29 March 2010

Longbenton
removed 29 March 2010

Manors
removed 29 March 2010

Meadow Well
removed 29 March 2010

Millfield

Monkseaton
removed 29 March 2010

Monument
removed 29 March 2010

North Shields
removed 29 March 2010

Northumberland Park
removed 29 March 2010

Pallion

Palmersville
removed 29 March 2010

Park Lane

Pelaw
removed 29 March 2010

Percy Main
removed 29 March 2010

Regent Centre
removed 29 March 2010

St James
removed 29 March 2010

St Peters

Seaburn

Shiremoor
removed 29 March 2010

Simonside
removed 29 March 2010

South Gosforth
removed 29 March 2010

South Hylton

South Shields
removed 29 March 2010

Stadium of Light

Tyne Dock
removed 29 March 2010

Tynemouth
removed 29 March 2010

University (Sunderland)

Walkergate
removed 29 March 2010

Wallsend
removed 29 March 2010

Wansbeck Road
removed 29 March 2010

West Jesmond
removed 29 March 2010

West Monkseaton
removed 29 March 2010

Whitley Bay
removed 29 March 2010

DB Schenker Rail (UK) Limited

See DB Cargo (UK) Limited

DB Schenker Rail International Limited

See DB Cargo International Limited

Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering Limited

See Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering (SW) Limited

Dean & Dyball Construction Limited

See Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering Limited

The Deeside Railway Company Limited

Licence exemption

Consultation began 4 December 2003

Activity not defined

Licence exemption 2007 No 3

Consultation began 23 February 2007; from 30 March 2007; revoked 12 August 2008

Network forming 356m of track at grid reference NO741961, any passenger or non-passenger train on network

Also station:

Milton of Crathes

any other on network

 

Also light maintenance depot:

Milton of Crathes

any other on network

 

Licence exemption 2008 No 15

Consultation began 14 July 2008; from 12 August 2008

Network forming 1125m of track west of Milton of Crathes station plus approved extensions, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station or light maintenance depot on network

Del Fungo Giera Servizi ferroviari S.p.a.

Non-passenger licence

Consultation began 11 May 2005

Department for Transport

See Abbey Rail Limited, Broadway Rail Limited, Golding's Rail Limited, Hay's Rail Limited, OQS Rail Limited, Orchard Rail Limited, Strutton Rail Limited and Westminster Rail Limited

Desquenne et Giral UK Limited

Licence

Consultation began 31 March 2000

Activity not defined

Licence exemption

Application withdrawn 9 August 2004 before public consultation started

Non-passenger trains

Devon And Cornwall Railways Limited

European passenger licence

Consultation began 26 August 2010

European freight licence UK 01 2010 0001

Consultation began 26 August 2010; from 24 December 2010

Freight SNRP UK 02 2010 0001

Consultation began 26 August 2010; from 24 December 2010

DfT OLR1 Limited

See London North Eastern Railway Limited

DfT OLR2 Limited

See SE Trains Limited

DfT OLR3 Limited

See Northern Trains Limited

DfT OLR4 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

Formerly Westminster Rail Limited (10 February 2003 to 10 March 2014) then South Eastern Trains Limited (11 March 2014 to 14 December 2014) then Transpennine Express Limited (15 December 2014 to 5 March 2019)

European passenger licence UK 01 2006 0013

Consultation began 22 August 2006; from 20 September 2006

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2006 0013

From 20 September 2006

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2019 0008

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Depots not defined

Note, incorrectly labelled as UK 03 0008

Station licence UK 03 2019 0007

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2019 0006

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

DfT OLR5 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

Formerly Golding's Rail Limited (3 December 1996 to 28 November 2013) then Thameslink Limited (29 November 2013 to 5 March 2019)

European passenger licence UK 01 2006 0008

Consultation began 22 August 2006; from 20 September 2006

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2006 0008

From 20 September 2006

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2019 0011

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Depots not defined

Note, incorrectly labelled as UK 03 0011

Station licence UK 03 2019 0010

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2019 0009

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Network licence UK 03 2020 0029

Consultation began 14 August 2020; from 17 September 2020

Isle of Wight network and any train on the network

DfT OLR6 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

Formerly Broadway Rail Limited (7 February 2003 to 27 September 2012) then West Coast Main Line Company Limited (28 September 2012 to 5 March 2019)

European passenger licence UK 01 2006 0007

Consultation began 22 August 2006; from 20 September 2006

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2006 0007

From 20 September 2006

Station licence

Consultation began 2 November 2012

Stations not defined

It is thought that this application formed part of preparations should the West Coast franchise agreement have failed.

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2019 0014

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Depots not defined

Note, incorrectly labelled as UK 03 0014

Station licence UK 03 2019 0013

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2019 00012

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

DfT OLR7 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

Formerly Orchard Rail Limited (7 February 2003 to 6 March 2013) then Essex Thameside Limited (7 March 2013 to 11 August 2013) then Northern Trains Limited (12 August 2013 to 11 May 2014) then London Midland Trains Limited (12 May 2014 to 5 March 2019)

European passenger licence UK 01 2006 0011

Consultation began 22 August 2006; from 20 September 2006

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2006 0011

From 20 September 2006

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2019 0017

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Depots not defined

Note, incorrectly labelled as UK 03 0017

Station licence UK 03 2019 0016

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2019 0015

Consultation began 8 May 2019; from 22 August 2019

DfT OLR8 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0002

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0010

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0009

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0008

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0002

From 10 September 2020

DfT OLR9 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0003

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0013

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0012

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0011

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0003

From 10 September 2020

DfT OLR10 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0004

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0016

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0015

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0014

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0004

From 10 September 2020

DfT OLR11 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0005

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0019

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0018

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0017

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0005

From 10 September 2020

DfT OLR12 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0006

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0022

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0021

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0020

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0006

From 10 September 2020

DfT OLR13 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0007

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0025

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0024

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0023

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0007

From 10 September 2020

DfT OLR14 Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

European passenger licence UK 01 2020 0008

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2020 0028

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Depots not defined

Station licence UK 03 2020 0027

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Stations not defined

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2020 0026

Consultation began 23 June 2020; from 10 September 2020

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2020 0008

From 10 September 2020

Direct Rail Services Limited

Non-passenger licence UK 03 1995 0033

From 14 December 1995

Passenger licence UK 03 1997 0002

From 10 October 1997

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 1998 0001

From 14 September 1998

Carlisle Kingmoor

Cricklewood Sidings

 

Network licence UK 03 2000 0005

From 1 December 2000

Sidings, yards, etc.

EU licence notification (freight and passenger)

From 28 November 2005

European passenger licence UK 01 2005 0023

Back-dated to 10 October 1997

European freight licence UK 01 2005 0025

Back-dated to 14 December 1995

Passenger SNRP (charter) UK 02 2005 0024

Backdated to 9 October 1997

Freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0026

From 28 November 2005

Docklands Light Railway Limited

Licence exemption 1995 No 16

From 20 December 1995; revoked 16 December 2008

Network forming tracks near West India Quay station, any passenger or non-passenger train on network

Also station:

Pudding Mill Lane

Licence exemption 1999 No 10

From 19 November 1999; revoked 16 December 2008

Network forming line Lewisham to Mudchute, any passenger or non-passenger train on network

Also stations:

Cutty Sark

Deptford Bridge

Elverson Road

Greenwich

Island Gardens

Lewisham

Mudchute

Note that it is not clear if non-passenger trains are included in exemption

Licence exemption 2005 No 14

Consultation began 14 October 2005; from 30 November 2005; revoked 16 December 2008

Network forming line 4.2km from Canning Town to King George V, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station on network

Note that the ORR's 2008-09 annual report omits references to revoking 2005 passenger, non-passenger or station exemptions

Licence exemption 2008 No 1

Consultation began 17 December 2007; from 16 January 2008; revoked 16 December 2008

Station:

Langdon Park

The ORR's 2008-09 annual report also states that a 2008 network exemption was revoked

Licence exemption 2008 No 20

Consultation began 14 November 2008; from 16 December 2008

Network forming entire "Docklands" system including Woolwich extension, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station or light maintenance depot on network

Note that this replaces all previous exemptions

DMQA Technical Services (UK) Limited

See Works Infrastructure Limited

Durham County Council

Trading as Locomotion: The National Railway Museum At Shildon

Licence exemption 2009 No 22

Consultation began 27 July 2009; from 4 September 2009; revoked 1 February 2018

Network within Locomotion: The National Railway Museum At Shildon and approved extensions, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station or light maintenance depot on network