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 G

Last update 21 January 2021

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Gamble Rail Limited

Licence exemption 2008 No 7

From 22 May 2008; revoked 1 October 2010

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Gamble Trackline Services Limited

Licence exemption 2000 No 2

From 7 April 2000; revoked 25 June 2008

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

The ORR's 2008-09 annual report states that a light maintenance depot exemption was also revoked on 25 June 2008, but there does not appear to have been one granted

Gatwick Express Limited

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 2 April 1996 (National Express)

Passenger licence

From 1 April 1994; revoked 21 July 2008 not on ORR register

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 1994 0003

From 1 April 1994; revoked 21 July 2008

Stewarts Lane

and any other approved light maintenance depot

Station licence

From 1 April 1994; revoked 17 May 1996 through no licensed activity in the previous year

Gatwick Airport

European passenger licence UK 01 2005 0046

From 28 November 2005; revoked 21 July 2008

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2005 0047

From 28 November 2005; revoked 21 July 2008

GBL & Sons Limited

Licence exemption 2009 No 16

Consultation began 2 July 2009; from 30 July 2009

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

GB Railfreight Limited

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2000 0004

From 4 July 2000

European freight licence UK 01 2005 0048

From 28 November 2005

Freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0049

From 28 November 2005

Network licence UK 03 2007 0010

Consultation began 23 February 2007; from 29 March 2007

Network not defined

Licence exemption 2007 No 2

Consultation began 23 February 2007; from 29 March 2007; revoked 14 January 2011

Light maintenance depot:

Peterborough

European passenger licence UK 01 2009 0001

Consultation began 27 February 2009; from 23 June 2009

Passenger SNRP (charter) UK 02 2009 0001

From 23 June 2009

Licence exemption L/11/01

Consultation began 14 December 2010; from 14 January 2011

Light maintenance depots:

ABP Immingham (Reception sidings)

Bescot Up Yard from 1 April 2019

Doncaster Down Decoy sidings

Doncaster Roberts Road from 16 October 2012

Drax Power Station

Eastleigh East Yard from 1 April 2019

Ferme Park sidings

Hessle sidings

Manchester (Barton Dock) from 16 October 2012

March

Newport Docks from 16 October 2012

Peterborough removed 1 March 2013

Port of Tyne Bulk handling terminal

Thoresby Colliery junction sidings

Tonbridge West Yard

Wellingborough up sidings

Whitemoor NDS Yard

and any additional approved light maintenance depot

plus any network and any train movement in above light maintenance depots

GEC Alsthom NL Service Provision Limited

See Alstom NL Service Provision Limited

Gemini Rail Services UK Limited

Formerly Knorr-Bremse Rail Services (UK) Limited to 9 November 2018

Licence exemption NP/13/01

Consultation began 28 October 2013; from 27 November 2013

Non-passenger trains within Wolverton works site to exchange siding

Geoffrey Osborne Limited

Licence exemption 1999 No 3

From 27 May 1999

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited

Formerly PIK Limited (to 19 July 1995) then Prestwick International Airport Limited (20 July 1995 to 3 March 1997) then Glasgow Prestwick International Airport Limited (4 March 1997 to 24 August 2005)

Station licence UK 03 1994 0006

From 5 September 1994

Prestwick International

Glasgow Prestwick International Airport Limited

See Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited

Global Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Limited

Formerly BR Telecommunications Limited (to 21 December 1995) then Racal BR Telecommunications Limited (22 December 1995 to 10 August 1997) then Racal Telecommunications Limited (11 August 1997 to 16 January 2000)

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 3 January 1996 (Racal Electronics plc)

Network licence

From 20 December 1995; revoked 21 March 2000

Three sidings at Stafford

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc

Licence exemption 2004 No 1

Consultation began 21 January 2004; from 1 March 2004; revoked 18 May 2010

Network forming line Gotherington to Cheltenham racecourse, any passenger or non-passenger train on network

Also stations:

Gotherington

Cheltenham Racecourse

 

Licence exemption 2010 No 6

Consultation began 16 April 2010; from 18 May 2010

Network:

Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse

Toddington to Laverton from 24 February 2011

Laverton to Broadway from 20 March 2018

also any passenger or non-passenger train and any station or light maintenance depot on network

GN Thameslink Limited

Passenger licence

Consultation began 28 November 2005; application withdrawn by applicant 13 December 2005

Light maintenance depot licence

Consultation began 28 November 2005; application withdrawn by applicant 13 December 2005

Station licence

Consultation began 28 November 2005; application withdrawn by applicant 13 December 2005

Non-passenger licence

Consultation began 28 November 2005; application withdrawn by applicant 13 December 2005

Golding's Rail Limited

See Thameslink Limited

Govia Thameslink Railway Limited

European passenger licence UK 01 2014 0002

Consultation began 4 August 2014; from 14 September 2014

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2014 0009

Consultation began 4 August 2014; from 14 September 2014

Bedford Cauldwell

Bedford Midland (Bedford Carriage Sidings)

Bognor Regis from 26 July 2015

Brighton Down Yard

Brighton Lover's Walk from 26 July 2015

Cricklewood Sidings from 27 September 2015

Eastbourne from 26 July 2015

Hornsey

Horsham from 22 May 2018

Letchworth

Littlehampton from 26 July 2015

Selhurst from 26 July 2015

Stewarts Lane from 26 July 2015

Streatham Hill from 26 July 2015

Three Bridges from 26 November 2015

Welwyn Garden City

Station licence UK 03 2014 0008

Consultation began 4 August 2014; from 14 September 2014

Aldrington from 26 July 2015

Alexandra Palace

Amberley from 26 July 2015

Angmering from 26 July 2015

Appledore (Kent) from 26 July 2015

Arlesey

Arundel from 26 July 2015

Ashtead from 26 July 2015

Ashurst (Kent) from 26 July 2015

Ashwell & Morden

Balcombe from 26 July 2015

Baldock

Balham from 26 July 2015

Banstead from 26 July 2015

Barnham from 26 July 2015

Battersea Park from 26 July 2015

Bayford

Beckenham Hill from 21 December 2014

Bedford

Bellingham from 21 December 2014

Belmont from 26 July 2015

Berwick (Sussex) from 26 July 2015

Bexhill from 26 July 2015

Biggleswade

Billingshurst from 26 July 2015

Birkbeck from 26 July 2015

Bishopstone from 26 July 2015

Bognor Regis from 26 July 2015

Bosham from 26 July 2015

Bowes Park

Box Hill & Westhumble from 26 July 2015

Brighton from 26 July 2015

Brookmans Park

Burgess Hill from 26 July 2015

Buxted from 26 July 2015

Carshalton from 26 July 2015

Carshalton Beeches from 26 July 2015

Caterham from 26 July 2015

Catford from 21 December 2014

Cheam from 26 July 2015

Chichester from 26 July 2015

Chipstead from 26 July 2015

Christs Hospital from 26 July 2015

City Thameslink

Collington from 26 July 2015

Cooden Beach from 26 July 2015

Cooksbridge from 26 July 2015

Coulsdon South from 26 July 2015

Coulsdon Town from 26 July 2015

Cowden from 26 July 2015

Crawley from 26 July 2015

Crews Hill

Cricklewood

Crofton Park from 21 December 2014

Crowborough from 26 July 2015

Cuffley

Denmark Hill from 21 December 2014

Doleham from 26 July 2015

Dorking from 26 July 2015

Dormans from 26 July 2015

Downham Market

Drayton Park

Durrington-on-Sea from 26 July 2015

Earlswood (Surrey) from 26 July 2015

Eastbourne from 26 July 2015

East Croydon from 26 July 2015

East Dulwich from 26 July 2015

East Grinstead from 26 July 2015

East Worthing from 26 July 2015

Edenbridge (Kent) from 26 July 2015

Edenbridge Town from 26 July 2015

Elephant & Castle

Elstree & Borehamwood

Emsworth from 26 July 2015

Enfield Chase

Epsom from 26 July 2015

Epsom Downs from 26 July 2015

Eridge from 26 July 2015

Essex Road

Ewell East from 26 July 2015

Falmer from 26 July 2015

Faygate from 26 July 2015

Finsbury Park

Fishbourne (Sussex) from 26 July 2015

Fishergate from 26 July 2015

Flitwick

Ford from 26 July 2015

Gatwick Airport from 26 July 2015

Gipsy Hill from 26 July 2015

Glynde from 26 July 2015

Godstone from 26 July 2015

Goring-by-Sea from 26 July 2015

Hackbridge from 26 July 2015

Ham Street from 26 July 2015

Hampden Park from 26 July 2015

Harpenden

Harringay

Hassocks from 26 July 2015

Hatfield (Herts)

Haydons Road

Haywards Heath from 26 July 2015

Hendon

Hertford North

Hever from 26 July 2015

Highbury & Islington

Hitchin

Holmwood from 26 July 2015

Horley from 26 July 2015

Hornsey

Horsham from 26 July 2015

Hove from 26 July 2015

Huntingdon

Hurst Green from 26 July 2015

Ifield from 26 July 2015

Kenley from 26 July 2015

Kentish Town

Kings Lynn

Kingswood from 26 July 2015

Knebworth

Lancing from 26 July 2015

Leagrave

Leatherhead from 26 July 2015

Leigh (Kent) from 26 July 2015

Letchworth

Lewes from 26 July 2015

Lingfield from 26 July 2015

Littlehampton from 26 July 2015

Littlehaven from 26 July 2015

Littleport

London Blackfriars

London Road (Brighton) from 26 July 2015

Loughborough Junction

Luton

Luton Airport Parkway

Meldreth

Merstham from 26 July 2015

Mill Hill Broadway

Mitcham Eastfields from 26 July 2015

Mitcham Junction from 26 July 2015

Moorgate

Morden South

Moulescoomb from 26 July 2015

New Barnet

New Southgate

Newhaven Harbour from 26 July 2015

Newhaven Marine from 26 July 2015

Newhaven Town from 26 July 2015

Norbury from 26 July 2015

Normans Bay from 26 July 2015

North Dulwich from 26 July 2015

Nunhead from 21 December 2014

Nutbourne from 26 July 2015

Nutfield from 26 July 2015

Oakleigh Park

Ockley from 26 July 2015

Old Street

Ore from 26 July 2015

Oxted from 26 July 2015

Palmers Green

Peckham Rye from 26 July 2015

Penshurst from 26 July 2015

Pevensey & Westham from 26 July 2015

Pevensey Bay from 26 July 2015

Plumpton from 26 July 2015

Polegate from 26 July 2015

Portslade from 26 July 2015

Potters Bar

Preston Park from 26 July 2015

Pulborough from 26 July 2015

Purley from 26 July 2015

Purley Oaks from 26 July 2015

Queens Road (Peckham) from 26 July 2015

Radlett

Ravensbourne from 21 December 2014

Redhill from 26 July 2015

Reedham (Surrey) from 26 July 2015

Reigate from 26 July 2015

Riddlesdown from 26 July 2015

Royston

Rye from 26 July 2015

St Albans

St Helier (Surrey)

St Neots

Salfords (Surrey) from 26 July 2015

Sanderstead from 26 July 2015

Sandy

Seaford from 26 July 2015

Selhurst from 26 July 2015

Shepreth

Shoreham-by-Sea from 26 July 2015

South Bermondsey from 26 July 2015

Southbourne from 26 July 2015

South Croydon from 26 July 2015

Southease from 26 July 2015

South Merton

Southwick from 26 July 2015

Stevenage

Streatham Common from 26 July 2015

Streatham (Greater London) from 26 July 2015

Streatham Hill from 26 July 2015

Sutton (London) from 26 July 2015

Sutton Common

Tadworth from 26 July 2015

Tattenham Corner from 26 July 2015

Thornton Heath from 26 July 2015

Three Bridges from 26 July 2015

Three Oaks from 26 July 2015

Tooting

Tulse Hill from 26 July 2015

Uckfield from 26 July 2015

Upper Warlingham from 26 July 2015

Waddon from 26 July 2015

Wallington from 26 July 2015

Wandsworth Common from 26 July 2015

Warblington from 26 July 2015

Warnham from 26 July 2015

Waterbeach

Watlington

Watton-at-Stone

Welham Green

Welwyn Garden City

Welwyn North

West Hampstead Thameslink

West Norwood from 26 July 2015

West Sutton

West Worthing from 26 July 2015

Whyteleafe from 26 July 2015

Whyteleafe South from 26 July 2015

Winchelsea from 26 July 2015

Winchmore Hill

Wivelsfield from 26 July 2015

Woldingham from 26 July 2015

Woodmansterne from 26 July 2015

Worthing from 26 July 2015

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2014 0007

Consultation began 4 August 2014; from 14 September 2014

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2014 0002

Consultation began 4 August 2014; from 14 September 2014

Licence exemption NE/15/02

Consultation began 27 July 2015; from 3 December 2015

Network forming Selhurst Field Sidings and approved extensions, any passenger or non-passenger train on network

Replaces Southern Railway's licence exemption NE/13/02

Grand Central Railway Company Limited

Passenger licence

Consultation began 12 March 2004

Non-passenger licence

Consultation began 12 March 2004

European passenger licence UK 01 2007 0002

Consultation began 3 October 2006; from 4 June 2007

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2007 0012

Consultation began 3 October 2006; from 4 June 2007

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2007 0003

From 4 June 2007

GrantRail Limited

See Volkerrail Limited

Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Limited

Company 2481338

See Nottingham Heritage Centre

Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Limited

Company 04277779

Licence exemption NE/12/03

Consultation began 24 February 2012; from 27 March 2012

Network forming line Ruddington to Loughborough and approved extensions, but excluding main line connection to 332m north of Bunny Lane bridge, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station or light maintenance depot on network

Network licence UK 03 2012 004

Consultation began 27 June 2012; from 30 July 2012

Rushcliffe Halt to connection with main line, plus sidings

Note that the licence application also stated "also … trains on that network", although it specifically stated network and made no mention of an operator's licence

Great Eastern Railway Limited

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 3 December 1996 (FirstBus plc)

Passenger licence

From 12 November 1995; revoked 28 October 2004

Light maintenance depot licence

From 12 November 1995; revoked 28 October 2004

Clacton

Colchester

Ilford

Southend Victoria

Thornton Fields

Station licence

From 12 November 1995; revoked 28 October 2004

Alresford

Althorne

Battlesbridge

Billericay

Braintree

Braintree Freeport from 5 October 1999

Brentwood

Bures

Burnham-on-Crouch

Chadwell Heath

Chappel & Wakes Colne

Chelmsford

Clacton-on-Sea

Colchester

Colchester Town

Cressing

Dovercourt

Emerson Park

Fambridge

Forest Gate

Frinton-on-Sea

Gidea Park

Goodmayes

Great Bentley

Harold Wood

Harwich Town

Hatfield Peverel

Hockley

Hythe (Essex)

Ilford

Ingatestone

Kelvedon

Kirby Cross

Manningtree

Manor Park

Marks Tey

Maryland

Mistley

Prittlewell

Rayleigh

Rochford

Romford

Seven Kings

Shenfield

Southend Victoria

Southminster

Stratford (London)

Sudbury (Suffolk)

Thorpe-le-Soken

Walton-on-the-Naze

Weeley

White Notley

Wickford

Witham

Wivenhoe

Woodham Ferrers

Wrabness

Great North Eastern Railway Limited

Formerly Intercity East Coast Limited (16 October 1996 to 21 October 1996)

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 28 April 1996 (Great Northern Railway Company plc)

Passenger licence

From 1 April 1995

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 1995 0005

From 1 April 1995; revoked 8 January 2008

Aberdeen Clayhills

Edinburgh Craigentinny

London Bounds Green

London Ferme Park

Station licence UK 03 1995 0004

From 1 April 1995; revoked 8 January 2008

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Darlington

Doncaster

Dunbar

Durham

Grantham

Newark North Gate

Newcastle

Peterborough

Retford

Wakefield Westgate

York

Non-passenger licence UK 03 1995 0003

From 1 April 1995; revoked 8 January 2008

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2005 0051

From 28 November 2005; revoked 8 January 2008

Freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0053

From 28 November 2005; revoked 8 January 2008

European passenger licence UK 01 2005 0050

From 30 March 2007; revoked 8 January 2008

European freight licence UK 01 2005 0052

From 30 March 2007; revoked 8 January 2008

Great Northern & East Lincolnshire Railway Limited

Formerly The Great Northern & East Lincolnshire Railway plc (to 2 December 2012)

Licence exemption 1998 No 4

From 8 May 1998

Network forming line North Thoresby to Utterby, any passenger or non-passenger train on network

Also station:

Ludborough and any other on network

The Great Northern & East Lincolnshire Railway plc

See Great Northern & East Lincolnshire Railway Limited

Great Western Trains Company Limited

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 4 February 1996 (Great Western Holdings Limited)

Passenger licence

From 16 December 1994; revoked 30 August 2006

Light maintenance depot licence

From 16 December 1994; revoked 30 August 2006

Bristol Bath Road

Bristol St Philips Marsh part, including Bristol wheel lathe

Kensal Green washing machine

Old Oak Common HST shed and adjacent stabling sidings

Penzance

Plymouth Laira

Swansea High Street Washing Machine

Swansea Landore

Station licence

From 16 December 1994; revoked 30 August 2006

Bath Spa

Bridgend to 31 March 2002

Bristol Parkway

Bristol Temple Meads

Cardiff Central to 31 March 2002

Chippenham

Didcot Parkway

Exeter St Davids

Neath to 31 March 2002

Newport (South Wales) to 31 March 2002

Newton Abbot

Pewsey

Plymouth

Port Talbot Parkway to 31 March 2002

Reading

Swansea to 31 March 2002

Swindon (Wilts)

Taunton

Tiverton Parkway

Totnes

Non-passenger licence

From 16 December 1994; revoked 30 August 2006

EU licence notification (freight and passenger)

28 November 2005; revoked 30 August 2006

Ground Control Limited

Licence exemption NP/20/06

Consultation began 19 August 2020; from 24 September 2020

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

GT Railway Maintenance Limited

Formerly Central Infrastructure Maintenance Co Limited (to 19 April 1996)

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 19 April 1996 (GTRM)

Network licence

From 12 November 1995; revoked 18 March 2005

Sidings, yards, etc.

Non-passenger licence

From 12 November 1995; revoked 22 January 1999 date not on ORR register; presumed

Licence exemption 1995 No 11

From 12 November 1995; revoked 23 January 2003

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Non-passenger licence

From 22 January 1999; revoked 18 March 2005

Licence exemption 2000 No 12

From 2 November 2000; revoked 18 March 2005

Light maintenance depots:

Crewe

Kings Norton

Rugby

Guardian Industries UK Limited

Licence exemption 2003 No 8

Consultation began 29 August 2003; from 17 October 2003

Network forming Goole yard

Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited

See Keolis Amey Operations/Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited

Gwili Railway Company Limited

Licence exemption 2007 No 8

Consultation began 24 May 2007; from 22 June 2007

Network forming line SN406258GB to Danycoed Halt at SN396257GB, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station on network

Note that this exemption appears on the ORR's public register but not the main website

Licence exemption H/13/01

Consultation began 15 November 2013; from 19 December 2013

Network forming "The Gwili Railway" and approved extensions, any passenger or non-passenger train and any station or light maintenance depot on network

Note that this exemption appears on the ORR's main website but not the public register

GW Railway Limited

See DfT OLR1 Limited