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Latest News

RIA asks Government to publish Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline urgently, on two year milestone

Posted on 21/10/2021
Two years after the RNEP was last updated, RIA has urged the Government to give suppliers visibility of the enhancements pipeline.

Spending Review: Unleash potential of the railways to help build back better

Posted on 19/10/2021
RIA has published its submission to the Spending Review 2021, which sets out six key actions to support the UK railway industry.

RIA launches a UK Nations & Regions offer

Posted on 30/09/2021
RIA has launched a new iniatitive to improve its offer to members across the Nations & Regions of the UK.

Lucy Prior appointed Chair of RIA’s SME Group

Posted on 21/09/2021
Lucy Prior has been appointed Chair of RIA's Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) Group.

Railway industry publishes new report on the economic value of rail

Posted on 16/09/2021
A new economic report published by independent researchers Oxford Economics shows a UK railway industry powering ahead before the pandemic struck last year.

RIA welcomes anniversary of construction beginning on HS2, with 20,000 jobs being created

Posted on 13/09/2021
RIA has welcomed the progress on HS2 after one year of constructions and the announcement it is now supporting 20,000 jobs.

Railtex / Infrarail: a vibrant UK rail sector back out in force

Posted on 10/09/2021
Following Railtex / Infrarail 2021, RIA Chief Executive has celebrated the vibrancy of the UK rail sector.

Garic demonstrate drive to decarbonise, with visit from local MP

Posted on 06/09/2021
RIA hosted a Fellowship Programme visit to Garic with Bury MP and CEN Public Transport Champion Christian Wakeford.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris and senior leaders open new RIA office

Posted on 03/09/2021
RIA has officially opened its new office space in Westminster, with members and guests joining an evening reception.

RIA welcomes Transport for London joining RSG's export reference scheme

Posted on 01/09/2021
RIA has welcomed TfL joining an exports reference scheme, making it easier for suppliers to secure references from major client bodies.

Rail Industry welcomes publication of Hydrogen Strategy; urges hydrogen train fleet order

Posted on 17/08/2021
RIA has welcomed the publication of the Government's Hydrogen Strategy and urged the sign off for a hydrogen train fleet order.

Lee Anderson MP: Rail Decarbonisation can support businesses like Van Elle

Posted on 16/08/2021
As part of the Rail Fellowship Programme, Lee Anderson MP has called for rail decarbonisation to support businesses like Van Elle in his constituency.

Over 3,500 attendees join RIA events on Rail SPEED

Posted on 12/08/2021
During 2021, RIA has held a series of successful virtual events on Rail SPEED with attendees from across the industry and government.

RIA: railway industry now faces a ‘summer of uncertainty’

Posted on 23/07/2021
RIA has called on the Government to help provide certainty to the railway industry after key plans were not published before summer recess.

Rail industry urges export support for SMEs to continue

Posted on 21/07/2021
RIA has called on the Government to reinstate export support for SMEs, after the Tradeshow Access Programme was shut down.

Rail industry calls for hydrogen train fleet commitment in upcoming strategy

Posted on 23/06/2021
RIA has published a briefing on hydrogen trains, urging the Government to support the industry and commit to a fleet order.

Rail Industry welcomes new Infrastructure Bank

Posted on 17/06/2021
RIA welcomes the establishment of a new Infrastructure Bank, and highlights the role of connecting the Bank through HS2

Rail Industry welcomes agreement on Australia-UK Free Trade Deal

Posted on 15/06/2021
RIA and several members have welcomed the opportunities to boost trade with Australia following the 'Agreement in Principle' announced today (15 June).

G7: UK can show international leadership by taking decisions on railway decarbonisation this year

Posted on 11/06/2021
The Railway Industry Association calls for specific action on rail decarbonisation from Government to meet climate ambitions.

Sella Controls hosts Navendu Mishra MP as they showcase their support for UK’s global trade

Posted on 11/06/2021
Stockport MP Nav Mishra met safety systems engineering company Sella Controls as part of the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme

Railway industry responds to Transport for London funding deal

Posted on 01/06/2021
RIA has responded to the announcement of a conditions-based funding deal for Transport for London until December 2021.

Rail industry responds to Government announcement on Trans Pennine route investment

Posted on 26/05/2021
RIA welcomes the announcement of £401 million investment in the rail network across the North, Midlands and South West.

RIA launches HS2 ‘Meet the Bidder’ Sessions over June 2021

Posted on 24/05/2021
RIA has launched a 'Meet the Bidder' series for SMEs wanting to work on the Operational Telecommunications and Security and Tunnel and Lineside M&E Systems packages.

RIA welcomes Government positive words for rolling programme of electrification

Posted on 18/05/2021
A question in the House of Lords by Lord Faulkner has seen the Government respond positively to the prospect of further electrification work

SME suppliers urge Government to commit fully to HS2 Eastern Leg

Posted on 04/05/2021
An industry survey conducted by RIA and HSRG has shown overwhelming support for completing HS2 in full.

Railway industry urges Government to begin programme of rail electrification now

Posted on 22/04/2021
RIA and 17 rail organisations have today released a report showing that without electrification work the Government will miss its Net Zero targets.

Rail industry sets out recommendations for upcoming Devolved National and Regional Elections

Posted on 14/04/2021
RIA has published manifestos for rail policy makers in London and the South East, Scotland, Wales, the North of England and Midlands