What is RIA?

RIA is the trade association for the UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. 

We have been established for over 140 years, with over 300 member companies representing a large proportion of the supply chain. Our network of rail contacts extends to thousands; many within our member companies, but also within government/industry bodies, as well as academia and adjacent/emerging sectors.
The Association’s principle activities are to:

  • Represent members’ interests to Government, regulators, Network Rail and others
  • Offer a forum for dialogue between members
  • Provide information to members
  • Promote exports of members’ products and services
Our member companies represent a large proportion of the rail industry by turnover and reflect a great diversity of technical disciplines within the rail sector. 

RIA is also a member of the Rail Innovation Family , a grouping of the UK’s major representative organisations in the rail supply sector, set up in June 2019 with the aim of providing greater and clearer support for suppliers seeking to bring innovation into the rail industry. 

Our Articles of Association set out how RIA is governed by a Board of rail industry leaders from the various sub sectors such as rolling stock, infrastructure, SMEs and consultants.


RIA has won several awards including:

  • In-House Team of the Year | PRCA Public Affairs Awards 2020
  • Membership Event of the Year <400 | Memcom Excellence Awards 2020
  • Overall Best Association, Under 1000 Members | Association Excellence Awards 2019
  • Conference of the Year for RIA's Annual Conference | Trade Association Forum Awards 2019
  • Conference of the Year for RIA's Innovation Conference | Trade Association Forum Awards 2018


Our History

RIA is one of the oldest trade associations in the UK, and is almost as old as the railway itself. It was set up in 1875 as the Locomotive Manufacturers' Association.

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RIA has some 300 members, including companies from across the rail supply industry.

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We hold more than 70 events a year, from meetings and webinars to major conferences.

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We support the rail industry through a range of functions and initiatives.

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