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RIA welcomes TransPennine Route Upgrade Announcement

Posted on 21/07/2022
The announcement of an increase in the investment to complete the TransPennine route upgrade (TRU) is very welcome providing certainty for the suppliers working on this project and increasing capacity, speed and reliability for future passengers and

RNEP – 1,000 days milestone passed since last update

Posted on 17/07/2022
1,000 days have passed since the publication of the much-awaited Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.

RIA North announces new Vice Chair and additions to Leadership Group

Posted on 07/07/2022
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) North, which represents over 150 rail businesses based across the North of England, has announced David Maddison as its new Vice-Chair and several appointments to its Leadership Group.

Rail industry welcomes investment in East Coast digital signalling

Posted on 29/06/2022
RIA has welcomed £1billion of investment from the Government in the East Coast Digital Programme, to upgrade signalling on one of the UK's busiest lines.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps joins RIA Rail Fellowship visit to Silver Fox

Posted on 29/06/2022
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps highlights skills and innovation in rail industry, on RIA Fellowship visit to Silver Fox

Transformative South Wales Metro showcased for Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens

Posted on 20/06/2022
As part of RIA's Rail Fellowship Programme, Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens MP was given a tour of the South Wales Metro project.

RIA writes open letter to Transport Secretary and Mayor of London on TfL funding

Posted on 17/06/2022
With one week until TfL's funding deal expires, RIA has written to the Transport Secretary and London Mayor urging them to agree a multii-year deal.

GBR must be ambitious for rail's future – RIA responds to legislation consultation

Posted on 10/06/2022
Following the launch of the consultation on legislation for Great British Railways, RIA has urged GBR to the ambitious for the future of rail.

RIA Scotland welcomes rail decarbonisation progress

Posted on 08/06/2022
RIA Scotland has welcomed progress on decarbonisation, following approval for construction to begin on electrifying the Fife route.

Rail industry unites to criticise scrapping of HS2 Golborne Link

Posted on 07/06/2022
RIA, HSRG and RFG have issued a joint statement criticising the decision to scrap the Golborne Link, a key part of HS2.

Railway industry hails 90% milestone on passenger numbers

Posted on 06/06/2022
RIA Chief Executive Darren Caplan has hailed the milestone of reaching 90% of pre-pandemic passenger numbers.

Rail industry welcomes opening of 'bold' Elizabeth line

Posted on 24/05/2022
RIA has hailed the opening of the new Elizabeth line, connecting London from East to West.

RIA welcomes Midlands Connect regional transport strategy

Posted on 05/04/2022
RIA has issued a comment welcoming Midlands Connect's Strategic Transport Plan for the Midlands, setting out a vision for the transport network and economic growth it supports.

Railway industry welcomes 80% milestone on passenger numbers

Posted on 30/03/2022
Following the latest rail passenger statistics from the DfT, RIA has welcomed a positive milestone reaching 80% in March 2022.

A mixed picture - RIA’s review of the Government’s progress on decarbonising the railways

Posted on 28/03/2022
RIA has reviewed the Government's progress meeting the recommendations of the Transport Committee's Trains fit for the future inquiry.

RIA responds to Chancellor's Spring Statement

Posted on 23/03/2022
RIA has responded to the Government's Spring Statement, calling for the Chancellor to provide certainty.

RIA welcomes £1.7bn UK-Turkey rail deal

Posted on 17/03/2022
RIA has welcomed a deal for the construction of a 503km high speed electric railway in Turkey, with funding guaranteed by UK Export Finance.

RIA North welcomes £84 million rail investment in Manchester and the North West

Posted on 11/03/2022
RIA North has welcomed the announcement that £84 million will be invested in rail in Manchester and the North West.

Rail supply community sets out five 'tests' for Great British Railways

Posted on 07/03/2022
RIA has published five tests for the new railway body to ensure it is best able to harness the value and expertise of the rail supply industry.

RIA celebrates bringing politicians closer to the rail supply industry

Posted on 25/02/2022
At RIA's Annual Parliamentary Reception, the Class of 2020-21's Rail Fellowship Programme were awarded for their participation.

RIA welcomes reprieve of latest TfL deal, but urges longer-term certainty

Posted on 25/02/2022
After TfL agreed a four-month funding extension, RIA welcomed the reprieve for passengers and business but stressed the need for a long-term deal.

Local MP Bob Blackman shown London Overground trains at Alstom depot

Posted on 21/02/2022
In the first Rail Fellowship Programme of 2022, Bob Blackman sees trains that service his constituency in Willesden.