Kelly tells us how various members of the Unipart team have been able to access many different Groups and networking opportunities, including RIA’s Technical Interest Groups on issues such as signalling and safety - enabling connections with different companies and organisations. Similarly, on exports, Unipart Rail have exhibited at RIA-organised pavilions at InnoTrans and Dubai’s Middle East Rail, finding both experiences useful.
Representation to Government and those who make the decisions on the railways is also a major function of RIA, which lobbies Governments and politicians both UK-wide and across the nations and regions of the UK. Kelly says this is a key part of its role: “It gets the Government to hear the voice of the supply chain, and they get the whole picture, which is really important”.
She concludes with a reflection on the challenges ahead for rail – “an amazing form of transport with a real role to play in the green economy.” But Kelly is honest that there “may be a few bumps in the road” with the industry needing to get on with delivering efficiently in a tough economic environment.
Whatever happens next, though, RIA will support the supply chain, she says. “You really can get all you need, and I encourage all organisations in the sector to join”.