RIA responds to new timetable for Crossrail opening

25 April 2019

The Railway Industry Assoication (RIA), the trade body for the rail supply community, has responded to the new timetable for Crossrail's opening, announced today.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: "The Railway Industry Association welcomes today’s announcement on Crossrail. 

"There have clearly been challenges on completing the scheme, and there are always lessons to be learnt on major infrastructure projects like this. We should also remember, however, that Crossrail will have a long-term, positive, impact on the UK, its economy and connectivity, generating 55,000 jobs, adding over £42 billion to UK plc, as well as delivering over 57,000 new homes. Rail suppliers are ready to play their crucial part in delivering the final phases of what will truly be a world-class, transformational, railway.”

Notes to Editors


  1. About RIA: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 275+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

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