Scope

The objectives of Railfreight Operations Group are:

  • To provide an open forum for freight operating companies (FOCs) to collaboratively discuss operational safety issues with each other, and share safety intelligence from other industry meetings
  • To monitor and review freight SPAD performance, ERTMS implementation, Railway Group Standards drafting, infrastructure issues, RAIB reports and ORR reports
  • To act as a ‘task and finish’ group for National Freight Safety Group (NFSG) for selected operational safety matters, as directed.

Message from the Chair

The objectives of Railfreight Operations Group are to provide an open forum for freight operating companies (FOCs) to collaboratively discuss operational safety issues with each other, and share safety intelligence from other industry meetings; Also, to monitor and review freight SPAD performance, ERTMS implementation, Railway Group Standards drafting, infrastructure issues, RAIB reports and ORR reports; and to act as a ‘task and finish’ group for National Freight Safety Group (NFSG) for selected operational safety matters, as directed.

Membership

The group’s membership is made up of the following industry categories:

  • Department for Transport (observer)
  • notified Body
  • passenger train operators
  • freight and other non-passenger train operators
  • RSSB.

Chair of committee: Nicolas Edwards, DB Cargo (UK) Limited
RSSB main representative: Gerald Riley

Committee Members

Name Company Representing Status
Annette Edgington Rail Operations (UK) Limited Non Passenger Train Operating Company Member
David Ethell N/A Independent Member
Geoff Sweetmore Devon and Cornwall Railways Limited Freight Operator Member
Gerald Riley RSSB RSSB Member
Giselle De Castro RSSB RSSB Meeting Manager
Ian Rose Rail Operations (UK) Limited Non Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Kevin Langley Rail Operations (UK) Limited Freight Company Member
Kieron Bulman Direct Rail Services Limited Freight Company Member
Neil Lycett Rail Operations (UK) Limited Freight Company Alternate
Nicolas Edwards DB Cargo (UK) Limited Chair Chair
Paul Frost Freightliner Limited Freight Company Member
Paul Lemon GB Railfreight Limited Freight Company Member
Peter Brockett GB Railfreight Limited Freight Company Member
Peter Darling Office of Rail and Road Office of Rail and Road Member
Peter Williams Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Phil Allison SCL Operations Non Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Phil Hibberd RSSB RSSB Member
Richard Dare Colas Rail Limited Freight Company Member
Rob Mckittrick Victa Railfreight Limited Freight Company Member
Simon Wilkinson Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Stephen Brake Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) Certification Body Member