Technical Activity

Innovation in rail helps deliver better journeys, reduce costs and improves passenger experience

The RIA Technical & Innovation function works to ensure the industry's voice is heard on a number on technical and safety issues, and that RIA members are able to navigate the sector to ensure innovations get into the market.

We assist with the development of technical strategies, standards development, promoting innovation and sustainability and helping RIA members with product acceptance and staying up to date with the latest research and legislation. We do this in both a UK and international level, particularly promoting the interests of the UK railway supply industry in the European arena.

RIA is also recognised for its industry leadership on innovation and actively promotes innovation among member companies. We provide two main forums for open discussion and sharing – Unlocking Innovation and the RIA Innovation Conference:

  • Unlocking Innovation is our programme to develop innovation throughout the sector. We host a number of events throughout the year, using each one to focus on new ideas and thinking that could benefit the railway, its passengers and the economy.
  • The RIA Innovation Conference is an annual two-day event which brings together everyone working in innovation throughout the Rail industry. It includes a conference, workshops, an exhibition and is the leading forum for discussion in the industry. 

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