Rail industry responds to Jo Johnson's resignation

9 November 2018

Today, Jo Johnson MP stepped down from his role as Rail Minister.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association said: “We at the Railway Industry Association would like to thank Jo Johnson for his work as Rail Minister and for his engagement with the rail supply community over the past year. We wish him the very best of luck in the future. RIA and our members look forward to working with his successor and continuing to work with the Department for Transport to build a world-class rail system, in what are clearly uncertain times.”

Notes to Editors

  1. 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. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 230+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too. 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). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

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