Rail Industry welcomes HS2 Phase 2A Royal Assent

11 February 2021


The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the national trade body for rail suppliers, has welcomed that Royal Assent has been granted for the HS2 route from the West Midlands to Crewe.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said:
“This is great news, not just of course for the railway industry but also for the UK, its long term connectivity and economy. It is another step towards transforming the rail network, unleashing jobs, investment and economic growth around the country at such an important time, whilst ensuring we have capacity for the future. The railway industry is already delivering on this scheme, and it looks forward to working with Government, HS2 Ltd, and other partners, in the months and years ahead, to enable the project to be delivered effectively and efficiently.

“Now let’s get on with the Eastern leg too, to deliver the full network and the maximum benefits which the entire HS2 scheme provides.

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. RIA has 300+ 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 vital industry for the UK’s economic recovery, supporting green investment and jobs in towns and communities across the UK. 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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