News and Publications

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

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Latest News

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

A partnership between the rail supply industry and a consortium of eight universities has secured £92 million to fund research aimed at establishing the UK as a world-leading centre of railway excellence.

Darren Caplan, our Chief Executive, said:

“We have been delighted to help bring our members together in an unprecedented cross industry collaboration to secure this funding which will, for the first time, provide the ‘open to all’ innovation space which our industry has lacked.

“We look forward to UKRRIN supporting suppliers, large and small, to catalyse the developments which will help secure the future of the UK rail supply chain.”

Click here for Birmingham University’s press release ‘Universities and industry unite in £92 million UK railway research partnership

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)

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Other News and Publications from RIA

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)