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Railway industry recognised by MPs

Railway industry recognised by MPs – 16 January 2024: Press Release Photo

16 January 2024

The Railway Industry Association (RIA)’s Annual Parliamentary Reception and Rail Fellowship Programme (RFP) Awards took place today (Tuesday 16 January) on the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion.

Twelve prominent rail supply companies from across UK rail were recognised for hosting parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, to enable politicians to get a better understand of the key issues and challenges in the sector. In 2023, politicians visited depots to look at train maintenance, gained insight into station development and were able to learn more about the role of data in railway performance.

Darren Caplan, RIA Chief Executive, said: “The Rail Fellowship Programme has been a crucial initiative run by the Railway Industry Association to bring to life the positive side of the railway industry and to help improve understanding of the rail supply chain among parliamentarians of all parties. Over 50 rail suppliers have now hosted visits since the programme’s inception in 2018, and it has significantly enhanced sector knowledge among politicians. Today’s event was a great opportunity to recognise the excellent work done by rail suppliers and highlight their role in boosting jobs, skills and prosperity across the UK.”

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