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. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas.
RIA has 270+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. 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 multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number).
RIA campaigns on a number of issues, including consistent and visible funding of the rail industry, meet the challenges of decarbonising and digitalising the UK rail network, addressing the risks and opportunities of Brexit, and generating and maintaining support for major future rail infrastructure schemes, such as Trans Pennine Route Upgrade, Crossrail, HS2, East West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2.