Derby rail firms sign long-term deal to work together

Derby-based Rail Operations Group, part of Rail Operations (UK), the rolling stock services provider, has announced a long-term service contract with fellow city company and rail and rolling stock maintenance specialists Loram UK.

The agreement will see Loram UK provide vehicle maintenance which includes inventory management, storage and service across Rail Operations Group’s fleet of locomotives and other rail vehicles.

Andrew Watson, international business development director, Loram UK, said: “We are delighted to partner with a business, with whom we share a lot culturally, to do work that we really enjoy.

“It’s a service contract which sits perfectly with our strategic business aims and it’s great to be partnering with a local firm and securing future jobs in rail.”

The two Derby-based companies began working on an ad-hoc basis in 2020. Watson said: “After working together for several months we had many conversations around providing a larger service offer involving proactive maintenance on common faults and offering more value such as inventory management, coupler maintenance, supply chain management and Fleet Engineering support within a framework agreement.

“We trialled it for a few months before Rail Operations Group went to competitive tender, and we were awarded the contract, with contracts being signed earlier this year. Like us, Rail Operations Group are a company which are growing and we share a dedication to service this fantastic industry.”

Brian Tomlin, group head of procurement, rail operations (UK), said: “We are delighted to have contracted Loram UK to be our maintenance partners; we see them as having a like-minded, can-do attitude in the rail industry.

“They are very professional and detailed in their approached, which we saw in the competitive tender process last year and in the working relationship with them since then.

“We see that the working relationship between our two companies will see a mutual growth and we are looking forward to working together in the years ahead.”