RIA brings suppliers together for HS2 Rolling Stock Procurement Event

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has brought nearly 70 suppliers together to pitch for contracts with the five Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for HS2’s Rolling Stock. 

The ‘Meet the Bidder’ event, held at Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), gave the suppliers the chance to meet representatives of the OEMs who have been shortlisted for the HS2 contract. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) will be published in April 2018.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) said: “It is fantastic for the Railway Industry Association to be assisting the rail supply chain by organising this event today, in partnership with industry organisations Rail Forum East Midlands and Rail Alliance.

“HS2 is a transformational project, that will improve connectivity and boost productivity, and investment across the country by bringing our key economic centres even closer together. HS2 will also boost employment, particularly in the STEM professions, helping to close the engineering skills gap facing the UK.

“Today, we have seen the enthusiasm from across the rail supply industry for this project – and for the potential it brings for innovation and new ways of thinking. We hope that this event has led to dynamic conversations that will help progress the delivery of this £2.75 billion contract.” 

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  1. About RIA: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the trade association for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. It has more than 200 companies in membership, in 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. www.riagb.org.uk

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