Press Release

RIA North welcomes Lord McLoughlin CH as Chair of Transport for the North

Lord McLoughlin CH

25 January 2022

Lord McLoughlin CH has been appointed Chair of Transport for the North, following a meeting of the TfN Board today.

Justin Moss, Chair of RIA North, said: "The Railway Industry Association and its members congratulate Lord McLoughlin on his appointment as Transport for the North Chair. Lord McLoughlin is a strong advocate of the railway supply chain, having worked with the industry as Transport Secretary and as a champion of the industry in Parliament.

"We look forward to working with him at this important time for the rail sector, following the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan and the need to get on with levelling-up the North of England through transport investment."

Notes to Editors

  1. Lord McLoughlin was appointed at the TfN Board meeting today - see further information here.
  2. Lord McLoughlin was Lead Fellow of RIA's Rail Fellowship Programme Class of 2019, an initiative whereby politicians visit rail suppliers across the UK. Read more here.
  3. RIA North is the voice of the rail supply community in the North of England, representing RIA members across the region. Rail in the North support £7.7bn in economic growth (GVA), 154,000 jobs and £2.5bn in tax revenue and is an essential industry in delivering the Government's build back better, decarbonisation and levelling-up agendas. 
  4. 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. RIA has 300+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £43 billion in economic growth and £14 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 710,000 people. It is also a vital industry for the UK’s economic recovery, supporting green investment and jobs in towns and communities across the UK; for every £1 spent in rail, £2.50 is generated in the wider economy. 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).

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