What is RIA?

RIA is the trade association for the UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. 

We have been established for over 140 years, with over 250 member companies representing a large proportion of the supply chain. Our network of rail contacts extends to thousands; many within our member companies, but also within government/industry bodies, as well as academia and adjacent/emerging sectors.
The Association’s principal activities are to:

  • Represent members’ interests to Government, regulators, Network Rail and others
  • Offer a forum for dialogue between members
  • Provide information to members
  • Promote exports of members’ products and services
Our member companies represent a large proportion of the rail industry by turnover and reflect a great diversity of technical disciplines within the rail sector. 
RIA is governed by a Board of rail industry leaders from the various sub sectors such as rolling stock, infrastructure, SMEs and consultants.

Rail Innovation Family

In June 2019, the UK’s major representative organisations in the rail supply sector joined forces in collaboration to form a ‘Rail Innovation Family’, to provide greater and clearer support for suppliers seeking to bring innovation into the rail industry. 

The Rail Innovation Family complements the work of the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN), a £92 million partnership between academia and the private sector, to promote innovation in rail. Moreover, against the backdrop of the Rail Sector Deal, an agreement between industry and government delivered by the Railway Supply Group (RSG), the Rail Innovation Family will contribute directly to delivering more value from the rail supply sector through stimulating innovation and encouraging diversification among other relevant sectors.

The collaborating organisations include the Railway Industry Association, the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE), the Rail Alliance (part of the BCRRE), and the Rail Forum Midlands (RFM). The Rail Innovation Family will seek to coordinate the innovation activities of these organisations by:
Ensuring there is a clear explanation of how each organisation supports the rail innovation community;
Each organisation signposting and directing rail suppliers to the organisation best able to support them for any particular activity;
Promoting each other’s innovation events, activities and services;
Helping to coordinate each organisation’s event programmes to minimise date clashes and maximise the coordination of independent initiatives; and
Developing new activity to collaboratively promote innovation in rail. 

Together, the organisations within the Rail Innovation Family offer a powerful and extensive innovation offering, which includes, but is not limited to, RIA’s Unlocking Innovation events and award-winning Innovation Conference,  RFM’s Rail Sector Deal Midlands Based Pilot programmes covering SME growth through collaboration, and the BCRRE DIGI-RAIL programme.

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RIA is a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales Reg. No. 10036044