News and Publications

This section lists news releases, statements, consultation responses and other publications issued by RIA.

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Latest News

UK Rail sector launches ground-breaking partnership between industry and universities to deliver £92m Centres of Excellence

Rail Industry responds to Network Rail Strategic Business Plan

Rail Industry responds to announcement of phasing out of diesel-only trains

Rail industry responds to Institute for Government report on transforming infrastructure decision making

RIA responds to announcement of Mark Carne retiring from Network Rail

Rail industry – No delay to Crossrail 2 due to financial review

RIA responds to Workload Trends Survey showing slump in rail work

Rail industry urges Parliamentary Transport Committee to seek an end of ‘boom and bust’ in the UK’s rail investment programme

RIA and RFEM announce new partnership to increase offering to members

RIA welcomes Sir John Armitt as Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission

Rail Industry welcomes new Ministers

Rail industry responds to Transport for the North Strategic Transport Plan

Railway Industry calls on Government to ensure Crossrail 2 Financial Review does not delay the scheme

Rail Industry welcomes Ministerial report on Digital Railway

Railway Industry Association gives evidence to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into rail funding – We need to end systematic ‘boom and bust’ in the Control Period system

Rail Industry welcomes launch of East West Rail Company

Digital Railway, University of Birmingham and Railway Industry Association join forces for new industry initiative

Transport Select Committee Chair meets UK railway suppliers in Derby to debate rail funding and Brexit

Transport Secretary sets out opportunities to supply chain leaders from the Government’s Rail Strategy at Manchester Roundtable


The Railway Industry Association Presents ‘UK Rail, World Class’, a collaboration with ITN Productions – Watch the video here!

RIA responds to Chris Grayling “Rail Strategy” statement in Parliament on innovation in the UK railways – Railway Industry Association

Rail Industry welcomes Government’s Strategy to reopen lines & invest in new infrastructure – Railway Industry Association

UK rail industry: Some positive news on £200m additional funding and major projects, but more to do – Railway Industry Association

RIA calls on the Government to use Transforming Cities Fund to boost rail services – Railway Industry Association

Welsh Government and rail industry work together to promote innovation – Railway Industry Association

Rail industry joins forces with Network Rail to solve Standards Challenge – Railway Industry Association

RIA welcomes Transport Select Committee Inquiry into rail funding – Railway Industry Association

RIA responds to launch of RDG’s In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity – Railway Industry Association

New poll today shows rail investment is high priority for the public – Railway Industry Association

Rail Industry responds to two asks of Transport Secretary – Railway Industry Association

RIA Chief Executive sets out seven challenges for Government on rail supply – Railway Industry Association

RIA backs Lord Adonis’ National Infrastructure Assessment – Railway Industry Association

Rail Industry welcomes increased funding for improvements to rail network – Railway Industry Association

RIA responds to ORR figures showing record levels of private investment in UK railways – Railway Industry Association

RIA responds to the Rail Supply Group’s consultation on the rail sector deal – Railway Industry Association

UK Government should scotch recent rumours of delay to Crossrail 2 – Railway Industry Association

RIA welcomes new funding for rail projects in the North – Railway Industry Association 

Rail Minister: No point in HS2 without Northern Powerhouse Rail – Railway Industry Association

RIA says both Digitalisation and Northern Powerhouse Rail Required – Railway Industry Association

Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald MP: Need to De-Politicise Funding of Rail Projects – Railway Industry Association

RIA publishes open letter to Lord Adonis on his comments regarding the margins of construction companies – Railway Industry Association

RIA responds to Transport Secretary’s call for the North of England to “take control” of transport – Railway Industry Association

RIA welcomes former Chancellor’s calls for Northern Powerhouse Rail – Railway Industry Association

RIA hires new Technical and Innovation Manager to boost the expert support it provides to members – Railway Industry Association

Hansford Review Recommendations: “Exciting & Forward-Thinking” –  Railway Industry Association

Strong political backing for Crossrail 2 is “Excellent News” – Railway Industry Association

HS2 Fantastic Opportunity for UK supply chain to showcase British engineering at its very best: Railway Industry Association

Greater Supply Chain certainty “Strongly Welcomed”: RIA response to HLOS & DfT guidance to ORR

Renewals Volumes Pose “Significant Threat” to UK Rail Supply Sector: RIA Policy Director to MPS & Peers

Knorr-Bremse Rail UK Celebrates 50,000 (July 2017)

Network Rail appoints Arcadis to support Digital Railway (June 2017)

Rail Industry: HS2 Progress Welcome but absence of Crossrail 2 & Northern Powerhouse Rail commitment a concern (June 2017)

RIA response to Conservative manifesto (May 2017)

RIA response to Liberal Democrat manifesto (May 2017)

RIA response to Labour manifesto (May 2017)

RIA’s Technical Director, David Clarke, presented at the Railtex Knowledge Hub on Digital Railway innovation (May 2017)

RIA’s International Development Director, Neil Walker, presented at the Railtex Knowledge Hub on rail opportunities in the Middle East (May 2017)

RIA and the Rail Supply Group respond to the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper (April 2017)

New RIA Chairman announced (April 2017)

RIA comments on the triggering of Article 50 (March 2017)

Record Numbers attend RIA’s Innovation Conference (March 2017)

RIA welcomes the RDG’s new ‘Britain Runs on Rail’ TV campaign (March 2017)

RIA Comments on HS2 Royal Assent (February 2017)

RIA responds to the RDG’s Capability Delivery Plan (February 2017)

RIA comments on the Government’s Industrial Strategy (January 2017)

RIA comments on HS2 train procurement (January 2017)

An open letter from the rail industry, for which RIA was a co-signatory (November 2016)

Railway Industry Association appoints new Chief Executive, Darren Caplan (October 2016)

RIA celebrates another successful InnoTrans (September 2016)

RIA Director General Retires (July 2016)

New RIA Technical Director appointed (February 2016)

Suppliers welcome restart of electrification work (September 2015)

Omnicom Engineering wins Innovation Award (April 2015)

New Chairman announced for the Railway Industry Association (November 2014)

The RIA/Future Railway Innovation Funding Competition for up to £300k support is now open. Find further details here: Innovation Award 2015  (October 2014)

RIA has worked with the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network to produce a Rail Innovation Charter, setting out terms of ‘fair play’ for collaborative collaboration (March 2014)

Railway suppliers respond to HS2 Growth Taskforce Report (March 2014)

Railway suppliers welcome HS2+ Report (March 2014)

The railway industry has jointly published a Strategic Business Plan to improve the capacity, capability and cost-effectiveness of Britain’s railways (Jan 2013)

RIA has welcomed the publication of the new Rail Technical Strategy (Dec 2012)

RIA has announced the appointment of a new Chairman (Nov 2012)

RIA Technical Director Francis How addressed the Network Rail Signalling Suppliers Conference, held in Glasgow on 8 November (Nov 2012)

RIA has published its response to the ORR Consultation on the Periodic Review 2013: Network Rail’s output framework for 2014-19 (Oct 2012)

RIA participated in a European-wide working group of EFRTC, EIM and CER to produce a Market Strategy Report to assist infrastructure managers and track contractors in developing best practice (Oct 2012)

RIA has published its reponse to the ORR consultation on formalising the Rail Delivery Group (Sept 2012)

RIA has welcomed the commitment to rail in the Government’s statement of future investment (July 2012)

RIA has commented on the ATOC rolling stock forecasts (May 2012)

RIA has appointed a new International Development Director (April 2012)

The Transport Systems Catapult centre will deliver benefits (March 2012)

RIA has welcomed the Railways Command Paper (March 2012)

IA has responded to the ORR consultation on Incentives (February 2012)

RIA welcomes High Speed decision (January 2012)

RIA has welcomed the Transport Select Committee call for a clearer train procurement strategy (December 2011)

The rail industry has published the Initial Industry Plan, a key document to inform the Government’s planning process for the future. There is also a separate version for Scotland (September 2011)

The Network RUS: Passenger Rolling Stock, a cross-industry strategy document published by Network Rail to which RIA contributed (September 2011)


Brexit Position Paper

RIA Submission to Transport Select Committee Inquiry on Rail Infrastructure Investment

RIA Submission to the Budget (October 2017)

RIA response to RSG request for views on Sector Deal (October 2017)

RIA has welcomed the call from the Transport Select Committee for a train procurement strategy (December 2011)

On 6 December 2011 Jeremy Candfield made a presentation to the IMechE entitled “The McNulty Report: A Supply Response” (December 2011)

RIA submitted evidence to the Transport Select Committee eaxmination of issues relating to the procurement of rolling stock. Written submission here (September 2011)

RIA’s response to the DfT Consultation “High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future” (July 2011)

RIA welcomes call to work together (May 2011)

RIA supports High Speed Railway proposals (April 2011)

New Trains for Old – Rolling stock maintanance and renewal in the UK” article by RIA Director General Jeremy Candfield, published in European Rail Review (March 2011)

RIA welcomes Thameslink confirmation (November 2010)

Skills Academy welcomed (November 2010)

New Chaiman appointed (October 2010)

RIA’s response to the DfT consultation ‘Transforming Rail Franchises’ (October 2010)

Presentation made by Jeremy Candfield to the Network Rail Annual Suppliers’ Conference (July 2010)

RIA’s response to ORR’s review of RSSB’s functions, governance and funding arrangements (June 2010)

Presentation made by Jeremy Candfield to the Department for Transport “The Railway Supply Industry; where next?” (March 2010)

Skills Academy central to railway future (March 2010)

RIA welcomes industry involvement in High Speed Rail plans (March 2010)

Bid for Railway Skills Academy submitted (January 2010)