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RIA response to Network Rail’s delivery plan for CP7

3 April 2024 

Commenting on Network Rail’s (NR) delivery plan for Control Period 7 from April 2024 to March 2029, Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan said:
“The Railway Industry Association welcomes the publication this week of Network Rail’s strategic priorities over the next five years, and its emphasis on boosting the performance and reliability of the rail network in the next Control Period, CP7.

“RIA member companies from across the rail supply chain stand ready to support the delivery of the key work streams in the various NR regions, and will work closely with NR to improve the railway’s climate resilience.
“However, as we have regularly said, a rail investment strategy needs to include a comprehensive enhancements plan, given the significant infrastructure upgrades which lie ahead. We again urge the Government to publish a plan which sets out which rail schemes in Network North, the Integrated Rail Plan for the North & Midlands, and the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline it intends to bring forward over the next five years. Doing so will enable NR and rail suppliers to ensure they are ready to carry out and co-ordinate both renewals and enhancements work in CP7, in a way which delivers maximum value to both rail customers and taxpayers.”

Notes to Editors
  1. The Network Rail delivery plan for CP7 can be found on their website here.
  2. For further information contact RIA Public Affairs & PR Director James McGowan on [email protected] or 07932 749095.
  3. 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 over 360 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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