The Railway Industry

Winter 2023

The Railway Industry is RIA's official member magazine, providing analysis, news and views from across the UK rail supply community.

The next edition of The Railway Industry contains exclusive interviews and features, alongside the latest updates from RIA. 

The Winter edition contains:

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, on promoting the case for rail and investment in uncertain times;
Dame Judith Hackitt,
on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion;
Anna Ince MBE, CEO, Resonate, on client-supplier needing to work more effectively together relationships; 
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson,
on disabled rail users need a voice at the table;
Neil Robertson, CEO, National Skills Academy for Rail,
on the giving rail supply industry 4.5 out of 10; 
Chris Jackson, Senior Editor, Railway Gazette Group,
says UK rail is in total disarray; and 
Analysis from the RIA Directors.


The Railway Industry - Winter 2023


The Summer edition contains:

  • Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, on RIA events over the last few months and those in the Autumn;
  • Journalist Christian Wolmar on GBR, Labour's plan for rail and HS2;
  • Transport for London Commissioner, Andy Lord on making the case for a strategic partnership with the rail supply industry to secure Government funding for ambitious rail projects;
  • Aileen Thompson, HS2 Ltd Director, Communication and Stakeholder Management, on working through the practical implications of the Government's decisions to delay spending on the Birmingham to Crewe Leg;
  • Mandeep Singh, Chair of the new RIA / Women in Rail EDI working group, on the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in closing the skills gap;
  • Railway Mission's Liam Johnson explains why engineering companies should invest in the mental health of their staff;
  • Mark Phillips, CEO of the Rail Safety and Standards Board, on how the organisation is working to make Britain's railway safer, more efficient and more sustainable; and
  • Analysis from the RIA Directors.

The Railway Industry - Summer 2023


Spring 2023

The Spring 2023 edition contains:

  • Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, on the need for more capacity and RIA's RailDecarb23 campaign;
  • An interview with Jenny Gilruth MSP, Scottish Transport Minister.
  • Paul Clifton, BBC South's Transport Correspondent, on how rail could be a thriving industry at the centre of decarbonisation with appropriate political backing;
  • Dyan Crowther OBE, CEO of HS1, on how her company, which operates both St Pancras station in London and the UK’s high-speed rail link to Europe, will continue to act as a testbed for railway innovation;
  • Beth West, CEO of East West Rail, on how carbon saving is “a huge issue” for the new route;
  • Lucy Prior MBE, the Chair of RIA’s SME Group, on how small and medium sized businesses are “absolutely vital” for rail innovation in the UK and will flourish with appropriate backing from Network Rail and other big clients;
  • Robert Ampomah, Chief Technology Officer at Network Rail, on how drones, robotics and artificial intelligence are “a very exciting opportunity” for UK rail;
  • Shamit Gaiger, Managing Director of the West Coast Partnership Development (WCPD), on how the shadow operator for HS2 will ask for support from the supply chain to resolve “some significant challenges”; and 
  • Analysis from the RIA Directors.

The Railway Industry - Spring 2023

Autumn 2022

The Autumn 2022 edition contains:

  • Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, on the need to press on with investment in the railways despite the recent unprecedented political and economic uncertainty;
  • Bill Reeve, Director of Rail at Transport Scotland, on the importance of the UK supply industry in delivering rail electrification at a much lower cost;
  • Rail Partners Chief Executive, Andy Bagnall on rail renationalisation and importance of certainty for the industry;
  • Kelly Warburton, Chief Commercial Officer at the Global Centre of Rail Excellence on attracting private investment in a unique rail innovation centre in South Wales;
  • The Editor of Modern Railways, Philip Sherratt calls on the Government to give the rail industry “certainty and have a clear plan that will be stuck to”. 
  • Rail Supply Group Chair, James Bain discusses his three priorities: cost, reform and supply chain resilience.
  • Shadow Rail Minister, Tan Dhesi says Labour would adopt a “a very measured approach” to rail nationalisation.
  • England’s Economic Heartland’s Managing Director, Naomi Green talks about the importance of delivering East West Rail in full.
  • Analysis from the RIA Chief Executive and Directors.

The Railway Industry - Autumn 2022

Summer 2022

The Summer 2022 edition contains:

  • John Larkinson, Chief Executive of the Office of Rail and Road, on the relationship between the regulator and the rail supply chain;
  • Women in Rail Chair Christine Fernandes on how driving gender equality will add value to the industry;
  • Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive of Transport for the North, on working with the private sector to decarbonise rail in the North of England;
  • GBR Transition Team Lead Director Anit Chandarana on what can be expected from Great British Railways;
  • A feature on the National Railway Museum and an interview with Museum Director, Judith McNicol;
  • Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotland's Railway, on Scotland's continous programme of electrification, new stations and a growing freight market;
  • Huw Merriman MP, the Conservative chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee, on the need to move faster on rail electrification;
  • Managing Editor of RAIL magazine Nigel Harris on GBR and HS2; and
  • Analysis from the RIA Chief Executive and Directors.

The Railway Industry - Summer 2022

Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 edition contains:

  • Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines' view on how the sector can bounceback post-Covid;
  • HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston on the project's latest developments;
  • Porterbrook CEO Mary Grant on growing passenger numbers and supporting the Government's rail reform agenda;
  • Modern Railways Industry Editor Roger Ford on the unprecedented uncertainty facing the industry in 2022;
  • Fi Westcough, winner of the RIA Future Leader Award on encouraging women and young people into rail;
  • Cllr Jim O'Boyle of Coventry Council on their unique Very Light Rail scheme; 
  • Costain's Sue Kershaw and AECOM's Mark Southwell on building back better, fairer and greener;
  • A feature on RIA's Nations & Regions Network roll out; and
  • Analysis from the RIA Chief Executive and Directors.


The Railway Industry - Winter 2022