Rail Industry welcomes new Ministers

Responding to the appointment of the new Ministerial team for rail, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) said:

“I would like to welcome Jo Johnson MP, the new Rail Minister, and Nusrat Ghani MP, the new Minister for HS2, on behalf of the Railway Industry Association and its members. This is an exciting time for both to be coming in to rail, with a record of rising passenger numbers and freight in the sector, a strong safety record amongst the highest in Europe, and with rail companies working hard to support economic growth across the UK and export world-class products and services overseas.

“From our perspective, the key challenges now facing the new Ministerial team are ensuring greater consistency in rail funding to avoid boom and bust in network investment, continuing support for major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Crossrail 2 and East-West Rail, addressing the challenges and opportunities of Brexit, and helping rail secure a sector deal as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

“I would also like to warmly thank former Rail Minister Paul Maynard for his invaluable work with our sector. He has been a great champion of the rail supply sector, backing its growth both in the UK and on trade missions overseas to support our sector’s exports drive. We will miss his commitment, enthusiasm, and personable character! And we wish him the best of luck in his new role as a Government Whip.”

Notes to Editors

  1. About the Railway Industry Association: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. It has some 200 companies in membership and the sector employs 240,000 people and contributes annually £11 billion Gross Value Added (GVA). 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 multinational 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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