Based in Kent and formed in 1995, Victa Railfreight provides a wide range of support services to rail freight customers, operators and suppliers, including freight handling, logistics services, staff provision and legislative advice for the freight sector
Victa Railfreight is independent from key industry players but maintains a close relationship to all aspects of the rail sector. In 2014 it gained a UK wide Non Passenger Train Operators Licence that has enabled it to offer ‘last mile’ shunts, local tripping and feeder services and ‘short line’ capability as well as ground staff provision for freight operating companies and T3 possession operations.
RFG Business of the Year
Victa Railfreight was named The Rail Freight Group’s (RFG) Business of the Year in 2017.
Victa Railfreight is one of the longest-standing members of the RFG.
Victa’s success over the past few years has seen turnover and staff numbers grow from £400,000 and 23 in 2015 to £6.5 million and 130 in 2018.
On Phase One of HS1 Victa’s partnership contract with the main contractor for track laying and overhead line works Amec-Spie followed on from the initial operational advice and included a full rail logistics support package worth £5.6 million. This included management of the overall rail operation serving the 50 mile-plus long construction site, managing and operating a large railhead with 18.6 miles of track, dealing with 72 plus train movements per day plus ancillary shunting at its peak.
Victa’s Managing Director, Neil Sime, has worked in the rail freight industry for nearly 40 years.
Victa’s involvement with the fit out of the Crossrail tunnels under London was as one of a number of suppliers providing the operational manpower for the construction trains for ATC (Alstom, Costain & TSO).
Victa provides a range of training and development courses not just for the UK market but also for companies with European interests. Collaboration with training providers such as the National College for High Speed Rail to provide the next generation operations and logistics professionals for construction projects is also on the Victa agenda.
Managing Director: Neil Sime
Contract & Resources Manager: Debbie Simmons
Head of Operations & Safety: Kevin Langley
Third Party Services Manager: Colette Ranford