Press Release

Rail industry welcomes progress on Midland Mainline electrification

21 December 2021

The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the national trade body for the rail supply community, to the Government's announcement that work has started on the next stage of Midland Mainline electrification.

David Clarke, Technical Director at the Railway Industry Association, said: “Seeing construction begin on the next stage of upgrading the Midland Mainline is a welcome step towards fully electrifying the line. This would provide faster, more reliable and cleaner journeys for millions of passengers travelling through the Midlands, as well as increased capacity on an important railway.

“As a clean mode of transport, rail has a critical role to play in reaching the UK’s net zero targets through modal shift, however the industry must continue to decarbonise and, crucially, build more capacity. That is why we must get on with electrifying more of the UK’s railways as soon as possible, delivering a better railway for passengers and supporting jobs in a green industry.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The Government's announcement can be found here.

  2. 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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