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Latest News

ECDP sets path for major schemes under Great British Railways, new report finds

Posted on 14/01/2022
RIA has published a brand new report, highlighting the lessons the indsutry can learn from the East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) and why it should be model under Great British Raiways.

RIA welcomes HS2 Net Zero Carbon Plan

Posted on 11/01/2022
RIA has welcomed the news that HS2 trains will be zero carbon from day one of operation.

RIA responds to northern Transport Decarbonisation Strategy

Posted on 08/12/2021
RIA North has welcomed the ambition in Transport for the North's (TfN) Transport Decarbonisation Strategy.

New survey shows increasing confidence in rail as an innovative sector, but more to be done

Posted on 02/12/2021
RIA has published a survey of new survey, finding increasing confidence amongst rail professionals that the industry is innovative.

RIA responds to the Union Connectivity Review

Posted on 26/11/2021
RIA has welcomed the publication of the Government's Union Connectivity Review which set outs proposals to invest in cross-border rail links in the UK.

Rail industry responds to 'piecemeal' Integrated Rail Plan

Posted on 18/11/2021
RIA has welcomed the investment in the network, but said the Plan provides a 'piecemeal' approach to rail investment

RIA welcomes Exports Strategy and new Tradeshow Programme

Posted on 17/11/2021
The Government has published a new Exports Strategy which includes the launch of a new Tradeshow Programme to support SMEs in attending overseas trade exhibitions

Shadow Transport Minister Sam Tarry highlights “revolutionary” role of Very Light Rail in improving

Posted on 17/11/2021
Sam Tarry visited the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley – a new centre to develop the innovative new technology.

New report highlights supply chain capability delivering major rail projects

Posted on 16/11/2021
RIA has published a new report highlighting the capabilities of the supply chain to deliver major projects on the railways.

Zero carbon trains at COP26 show UK green transport capability

Posted on 11/11/2021
RIA has highlighted the UK's capability to deliver a green railway as two zero carbon trains have been on display.

RIA statement on digital signalling

Posted on 09/11/2021
On the day the ORR market study was published, RIA's Technical Director David Clarke issues a statement on digital signalling.

Rail EDI Charter celebrates one year since launch, with over 170 organisations now signed up

Posted on 05/11/2021
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Charter celebrated its first year of bringing organisations together to support the industry.

Rail Industry Health Checker: Rail Sector Confidence returns to 2019 Levels

Posted on 04/11/2021
New polling has revealed that confidence in the rail industry has returned to pre-2019 levels, in a positive sign of growing optimism about the future.

RIA asks Government to publish Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline urgently, on two year milestone

Posted on 21/10/2021
Two years after the RNEP was last updated, RIA has urged the Government to give suppliers visibility of the enhancements pipeline.

Spending Review: Unleash potential of the railways to help build back better

Posted on 19/10/2021
RIA has published its submission to the Spending Review 2021, which sets out six key actions to support the UK railway industry.

RIA launches a UK Nations & Regions offer

Posted on 30/09/2021
RIA has launched a new iniatitive to improve its offer to members across the Nations & Regions of the UK.

Lucy Prior appointed Chair of RIA’s SME Group

Posted on 21/09/2021
Lucy Prior has been appointed Chair of RIA's Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) Group.

Railway industry publishes new report on the economic value of rail

Posted on 16/09/2021
A new economic report published by independent researchers Oxford Economics shows a UK railway industry powering ahead before the pandemic struck last year.

RIA welcomes anniversary of construction beginning on HS2, with 20,000 jobs being created

Posted on 13/09/2021
RIA has welcomed the progress on HS2 after one year of constructions and the announcement it is now supporting 20,000 jobs.

Railtex / Infrarail: a vibrant UK rail sector back out in force

Posted on 10/09/2021
Following Railtex / Infrarail 2021, RIA Chief Executive has celebrated the vibrancy of the UK rail sector.

Garic demonstrate drive to decarbonise, with visit from local MP

Posted on 06/09/2021
RIA hosted a Fellowship Programme visit to Garic with Bury MP and CEN Public Transport Champion Christian Wakeford.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris and senior leaders open new RIA office

Posted on 03/09/2021
RIA has officially opened its new office space in Westminster, with members and guests joining an evening reception.

RIA welcomes Transport for London joining RSG's export reference scheme

Posted on 01/09/2021
RIA has welcomed TfL joining an exports reference scheme, making it easier for suppliers to secure references from major client bodies.

Rail Industry welcomes publication of Hydrogen Strategy; urges hydrogen train fleet order

Posted on 17/08/2021
RIA has welcomed the publication of the Government's Hydrogen Strategy and urged the sign off for a hydrogen train fleet order.

Lee Anderson MP: Rail Decarbonisation can support businesses like Van Elle

Posted on 16/08/2021
As part of the Rail Fellowship Programme, Lee Anderson MP has called for rail decarbonisation to support businesses like Van Elle in his constituency.

Over 3,500 attendees join RIA events on Rail SPEED

Posted on 12/08/2021
During 2021, RIA has held a series of successful virtual events on Rail SPEED with attendees from across the industry and government.

RIA: railway industry now faces a ‘summer of uncertainty’

Posted on 23/07/2021
RIA has called on the Government to help provide certainty to the railway industry after key plans were not published before summer recess.

Rail industry urges export support for SMEs to continue

Posted on 21/07/2021
RIA has called on the Government to reinstate export support for SMEs, after the Tradeshow Access Programme was shut down.