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 R

Last update 21 March 2021

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Racal BR Telecommunications Limited

See Racal Telecommunications Limited

Racal Telecommunications Limited

See Global Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Limited

Railcare Limited

Licence exemption 2010 No 16

Consultation began 14 October 2010; from 17 November 2010; revoked 26 November 2013

Non-passenger trains between Wolverton works and exchange sidings on the west coast main line

Rail Electrification Limited

Licence exemption NP/17/03

Consultation began 16 August 2017; from 1 October 2017

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Rail express systems Limited

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, change of control 12 December 1995 (North and South Railways Limited)

Passenger licence

Consultation began 24 February 1995; from 1 April 1995; 'Jacobite' service 16 June 1997 - 26 September 1997

Station licence

Consultation began 12 August 1994

Station licence

Consultation began 24 February 1995

Network licence UK 03 1995 0011

Consultation began 12 August 1994; from 1 April 1995

Sidings, yards, etc.

Non-passenger licence UK 03 1995 0010

Consultation began 12 August 1994; from 1 April 1995

Licence exemption 1996 No 5

Consultation began 29 December 1995; from 22 March 1996

Light maintenance depot:

Ipswich fuelling point

European passenger licence UK 01 2005 0070

From 28 November 2005

Passenger SNRP (charter) UK 02 2005 0071

From 28 November 2005 (some sources have 30 March 2007); consent to operate passenger trains 25 September 2007

European freight licence UK 01 2005 0072

From 28 November 2005

Freight SNRP UK 02 2005 0073

From 28 November 2005 (some sources have 30 March 2007)

Note it is not clear why station licences were consulted

Rail for London (Infrastructure) Limited

Licence exemption NE/18/01

Consultation began 7 April 2017; from 1 April 2018

Network forming Crossrail Central Operating Section and any train operating on this network

The final exemption applies to all TfL companies listed but in the first instance only lists Rail for London (Infrastructure) Limited

Rail for London Limited

Operator of last resort, on behalf of Transport for London

European passenger licence UK 01 2007 0007

Consultation began 27 September 2007; from 25 October 2007

Light maintenance depot licence UK 03 2007 0016

Consultation began 27 September 2007; from 25 October 2007

Station licence UK 03 2007 0017

Consultation began 27 September 2007; from 25 October 2007

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2007 0015

Consultation began 27 September 2007; from 25 October 2007

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2007 0008

From 25 October 2007

Railfreight Distribution Limited

See English Welsh & Scottish Railway International Limited

Rail Management Services Limited

Licence exemption 1998 No 12

Consultation began 1 May 1998; from 4 December 1998; revoked 22 March 2004

Station:

Okehampton

Licence exemption 1999 No 7

Consultation began 23 April 1999; from 28 May 1999; revoked 22 March 2004

Any passenger train between Coleford Junction and Meldon Quarry

Also station:

Meldon Quarry

Rail Operations (UK) Limited

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2015 0002

Consultation began 30 January 2015; from 2 March 2015

European Passenger licence UK 01 2016 0003

Consultation began 27 June 2016; from 27 August 2016

Passenger SNRP UK 02 2016 0011

From 27 August 2016

Rail Op OHL Limited

Licence exemption NE/15/05

Consultation began 25 November 2016; from 9 January 2017

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Rail Sidings Limited

Licence exemption NE/20/03

Consultation began 20 October 2020; from 24 November 2020

Network forming Peterborough Westwood sidings and any train on the network

Railtest Limited

See Serco Railtest Limited

Railtrack plc

Initially a British Railways Board subsidiary, then separate government-owned company from 1 April 1994, floated on stock exchange 20 May 1996. In Railway Administration 7 October 2001 to 3 October 2002

See Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Railway Drainage Limited

Licence exemption

Consultation began 22 December 2000; further consultation began 9 February 2001

Non-passenger road-rail vehicles within possessions only

Licence exemption 2004 No 12

Consultation began 9 July 2004; from 11 August 2004; revoked 7 September 2020

Non-passenger road-rail vehicles within possessions only

Railway Vehicle Engineering Limited

See Loram UK Limited

Railway West Coast Limited

Operator of last resort, subsidiary of Department for Transport

Formerly DfT OLR8 Limited (6 March 2019 to 16 February 2021)

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

Readypower Engineering Limited

See Readypower Rail Services Limited

Readypower Rail Services Limited

Formerly Readypower Engineering Limited (to 22 May 2017)

Licence exemption C/12/02

Consultation began 30 January 2012; from 6 September 2012

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Regional Railways North East Limited

See Northern Spirit Limited

Rhomberg Sersa UK Limited

Licence exemption NP/19/04

Consultation began 16 August 2019; from 10 October 2019

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Ribble Rail Limited

Sometimes also referred to as Ribble Valley Rail Limited

Network licence

Consultation began 29 July 2002

Network not defined

Network licence exemption

Consultation began 27 June 2003

Preston Dock branch

Licence exemption 2004 No 13

Consultation began 30 April 2004; from 12 August 2004

Network forming Preston Dock branch

Licence exemption 2005 No 6

Consultation began 22 April 2005; from 20 June 2005

Station:

Chain Caul Road

Also light maintenance depots on the site

Ribble Valley Rail Limited

See Ribble Rail Limited

Riley & Son (Railways) Limited

Light maintenance depot licence

Consultation began 3 October 2002

Light maintenance depots not defined

RJB Mining Limited

Licence exemption

Application received 1998 but never consulted

Details not defined

Road and Rail Limited

Licence exemption NE/18/02

Consultation began 24 October 2018; from 5 December 2018

Network within Castle Donington freight terminal

Road Rail Cranes Limited

Licence exemption C/14/04

Consultation began 4 July 2014; from 28 August 2014

Non-passenger trains within possessions only

Roadways Container Logistics Limited

Licence exemption 2006 No 1

Consultation began 24 January 2006; from 22 February 2006

Network forming sidings adjoining Birch Coppice Exchange Sidings

Licence exemption NE/12/09

Consultation began 23 May 2012; from 23 August 2012

Network forming Kingsbury branch, Birch Coppice Exchange Sidings and four connected sidings within the applicant's fence adjacent to the CEVA Logistics Limited's sidings at Tamworth and approved extensions, any non-passenger train on network

Rowden Realisations 4 Limited

Formerly Hydrex Equipment (UK) Limited to 7 December 2011

Licence exemption 2009 No 27

Consultation began 18 November 2009; from 16 December 2009; revoked 3 February 2012

Non-passenger rail mounted maintenance machines within possessions only

RTS Infrastructure Services Limited

Licence exemption 2010 No 8

Consultation began 19 July 2010; from 18 August 2010

Network forming Leeds Holbeck depot, any non-passenger train on network

Also light maintenance depot:

Leeds Holbeck

RTS Rail Transport Service GmbH

Non-passenger licence UK 03 2015 0006

Consultation began 5 February 2015; from 5 June 2015; revoked 22 January 2020

RWE Generation UK plc

Formerly RWE Npower plc (to 30 June 2014)

Licence exemption NE/12/06

Consultation began 15 May 2012; from 20 June 2012

Network forming Avonmouth Bulk Handling Terminal and approved extensions, any light maintenance depot on network

RWE Npower plc

See RWE Generation UK Limited