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Keeping rolling stock well-maintained is a must for all freight and passenger operators. A train stalling at a busy part of the system can have devastating consequences on the timetable and can severely damage an operator’s reputation.

Finding a capable, experienced partner who can offer engineering, modifications, obsolescence management, spares and repairs, overhaul, maintenance, and servicing is essential to guarantee safety and reliability. Operators can gain a competitive advantage by seeking out the best and most efficient maintenance services supplier given that 30% of life-costs of trains is tied up in maintenance and servicing.

UKRL offers rail vehicle engineering, modifications, obsolescence management, spares and repairs, maintenance and our Traincare services to passenger and freight rail companies. Operating from a fully-equipped workshop at our spacious maintenance depot in Leicester, UKRL can tackle anything from full vehicle overhaul through to daily cleaning/fuel point exams and servicing.

UKRL’s team of highly qualified and experienced personnel have worked on most passenger and freight vehicles plus wagons currently in service.

The UKRL depot at Leicester is main-line connected and has a fully-equipped workshop and maintenance facility. UKRL can conduct all work up to Level 4. All types of Diesel, Electric locomotive, DMU and EMU and specialist rolling-stock work can be undertaken.

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Whether it be engineering, modifications, obsolescence management, spares and repairs, maintenance, or Traincare services, UKRL’s staff have the expertise to know exactly what’s needed at every stage of a project. This means that UKRL can also provide bespoke solutions to meet new challenges and maximise the useful life of rolling stock.

But it’s not enough to have the best engineers; for them to work efficiently, you also need the space and right facilities to complete engineering projects and to effectively service trains. To that end, UKRL has invested heavily in an already impressive workshop provision, by adapting and modernising the Leicester depot providing UKRL with a ‘best-in-class’ facility.

UKRL was awarded an ECM certificate for freight wagons by the ORR in 2018. UKRL will have achieved ISO 9001 certification by end of 2022.

News & Updates

On August 3rd, UK Rail Leasing (UKRL) celebrated a new agreement with Arriva Traincare and CrossCountry to fully service six Turbostar trains each night at the company’s Leicester Depot.  The event was marked by the naming of a Class 170 Turbostar DMU “Pride of Leicester” by the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby.

The contract came into effect for the start of the Summer 2021 timetable, after a six-month period of upgrades and training and includes provision for FPX, fuelling, CET, cleaning and repairs each night for up to 20 vehicles made up of two and three car Turbostar sets.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday 03 August at UK Rail Leasing’s Leicester Train Maintenance Depot, marks £2.5 investment by the company. Six additional carriages no longer used by another operator, have been refurbished to bring them up to CrossCountry’s specification by Arriva Traincare. The improvement work includes new seat covers, new carpets, upgraded Wi-Fi and a full external repaint. The project has converted six existing two-carriage Turbostar trains into three-carriage trains – an increase of 80 seats per train.

Arriva Traincare and CrossCountry have also set up a new contract with Leicester-based UK Rail Leasing to fully service six Turbostar trains each night at their Leicester Train Maintenance Depot. This will mean the consistent high-quality presentation of trains into public service at Leicester each day, as well as creating 14 brand new jobs at the depot.

Tom Joyner, CrossCountry’s Managing Director said: “As we welcome people back to rail after the pandemic, being able to provide more three-carriage trains for the busiest times of travel on our Leicester, Nottingham, Cambridge and Stansted Airport routes will mean many more of our customers can get a seat for their whole journey and travel in comfort”.

He added: “What’s more, our new contract with UK Rail Leasing means that we are able to ensure our trains enter service each morning with a higher standard of cleanliness, which we know is important to our passengers.”

Mark Winter, UK Rail Leasing’s Managing Director said: “UK Rail Leasing is pleased to be supporting CrossCountry in providing train care and maintenance services at our Maintenance Depot in Leicester.  This is an exciting opportunity for UKRL and it is our intention, in partnership with CrossCountry, to make a significant contribution to further improving the delivery of CrossCountry’s train service in terms of train presentation and operational reliability into the future”.

Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “These projects are fantastic news for Leicester as we begin to emerge from the pandemic. Rail travellers will benefit from better and less crowded trains and the investment creating new local jobs is very welcome ‘’.

“We are very proud to have a Turbostar train named ‘Pride of Leicester’ after our great city”.

We are pleased to announce that in 2018 UKRL were awarded Entity in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) certification by the ORR, following a rigorous approval process. An ECM certificate is a regulatory requirement in order to be a maintainer of freight wagons in the UK.

UKRL is the first UK company to be awarded ECM which was not already an incumbent as a railway wagon maintainer, and the certification reflects our ongoing commitment to develop our business to cover the full range of railway vehicle maintenance, repair and overhaul. As an ECM, UKRL is now in a position to offer railway wagon maintenance to our clients, in addition to our established locomotive engineering activities.

22 November 2017 – UKRL is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the UK Rail Industry Awards in the Design Innovation category.

The shortlisted design for the first time allows the simple, safe and efficient operation of Tightlock equipment on a traditional freight locomotive, finally enabling the move of electric units without the need for translator vehicles, which had been the standard for many decades.

UKRL undertook design, manufacture, testing and fitting of the new equipment to Class 37 locomotives, with all work done at Leicester TMD.