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Innovation is research and development ‘in action’. Value for money, customer satisfaction and exports can be directly influenced by an innovation-friendly environment. Our inability to create an innovation-friendly environment has the knock-on effect of stifling private investment and initiative, preventing us recruiting the best talent. Without change, this will negatively impact our industry’s ability to create a railway service fit for future generations.

RIA runs the Unlocking Innovation (UI) programme, a series of events and activities to bring together people with the ideas and ambition to drive change within the rail industry. These ideas showcased through the UI programme ensure that the rail network is ready to continue supporting the country, by building a railway fit for the future. RIA is also a founding member of UKRRIN, to foster collaboration between academia and industry in order to accelerate new technologies and products. 

Key Publications 

Destination Revenue Growth

Posted on 27/03/2024
Destination: Revenue Growth highlights RIA's blueprint to enhance the UK railway's ticketing and retail offer, in order to: meet the aspirations of the Government's 'Plan for Rail'; boost ridership; enable decarbonisation; and drive revenue growth

Data and Digital Technologies in Rail

Posted on 28/03/2023
RIA has developed six asks of Government, policy makers and clients, to enable, expediate and ensure the success of the UK railway’s digital transition over the Digital Decade.

RIA Progress Review: Trains fit for the future inquiry

Posted on 28/03/2022
RIA has a review of the Government's progress in meeting the recommendations of the Transport Committee's Trains fit for the future? report, published in March 2021.

Press Notices 

RIA: better and simpler fares and ticketing can drive revenues and restore trust in rail

Posted on 27/03/2024
A new report from the Railway Industry Association (RIA) today (27 March) provides a fresh blueprint for improving the fares and ticketing across UK rail.

Dynamic Programme announced to unlocking rail innovation in 2024

Posted on 25/01/2024
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is pleased to announce that Telent is joining the Unlocking Innovation programme as a Strategic Partner, alongside Network Rail’s RD&I Portfolio and UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN).

RIA Launches Midlands and Eastern Priorities Paper

Posted on 27/10/2023
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) Midlands & Eastern has today published a new Priorities Paper, reflecting a collaborative approach with national and sub-national transport bodies to tackle key challenges and unlock the full potential of the re

Get in touch 

For more insight on Innovation, please contact the Innovation team at [email protected]


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