RIA welcomes publication of the Rail Enhancements List
16 October 2019
Today the Government has published the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP), showing upcoming rail upgrades for the coming five years.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “This is a really positive development announced today by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and we welcome this timely intervention ahead of the Transport Select Committee hearing.
“The Railway Industry Association and its members have been calling for a list of enhancements projects for well over a year, and that is why we launched our ‘Show Us the Rail Enhancements’ campaign in the autumn. So it’s great news that the new Ministerial team have acted swiftly on taking office to deliver on this.
“This comprehensive list of enhancements will now give rail businesses some more confidence to plan, hire and invest in preparation for upcoming work. And it will help ensure we can get to work to build an enhanced world-class railway in the coming years. We and our members will now examine the list further, and work with the DfT and wider rail supply community to deliver these upgrade projects.”
Notes to Editors
- The Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline is available here.
- More information about RIA’s ‘Show Us the Rail Enhancements’ (SURE) campaign is available here.
- 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 290+ 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.