Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. They are improving the rail network - providing faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys between Britain's towns and cities. This is bringing people and businesses closer together, making Britain more competitive and a better place to do business.
For more information visit www.networkrail.co.uk
HS2 will be a high-speed railway connecting London to Birmingham from 2026, Crewe by 2027 and then, along a Y-shaped route, to Manchester and Leeds from 2033. It will provide fast, frequent and reliable services for over 100 cities and towns, including eight of the UK's largest urban areas. As soon as the project breaks ground, almost a decade before the first passengers board the new trains, HS2 will be a catalyst for growth across Britain, opening up local and regional markets, attracting investment and improving skills and job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the whole country.
For further details visit www.gov.uk/high-speed-two-limited
Crossrail Limited is delivering a new railway for the London and the South East. Europe's largest infrastructure project, it is building 42km of tunnels, 10 new stations and improving 30 more.
The finished railway will be an accessible route of 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through central London and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. TfL-run Crossrail will change the way people travel - It will add 10% to central London's rail capacity, reduce journey times and increase choice. Crossrail Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London, jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.
For further details visit www.crossrail.co.uk
Rail Supply Group
Established in 2014, the Rail Supply Group brings together the private sector and the government to lead the strengthening and renewal of the rail industry’s domestic supply chain by giving leadership, direction and support so that it can grow employment, market share and make a significant contribution to the entire UK economy. It launched its Vision in January 2015 and its Sector Strategy will be launched on 1st February 2016 and will be available on their website.
For more information visit www.railsupplygroup.org
Railway Industry Association
The Railway Industry Association is the trade association for UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. RIA provides a range of services to their 150 member companies, who include manufacturers, maintainers, contractors, consultants, leasing companies and providers of specialist services.
Key activities include representation, information services, networking, exports support and supply chain reform.
For more information visit www.riagb.org.uk
The Rail Alliance is the largest business to business rail networking organisation in the UK. The Rail Alliance provides tailored assistance to members and signpost potential opportunities for their business through their 20+ networking meetings per year. The Rail Alliance attends all major European exhibitions and seminars connected to the rail industry.
Infrarail 2016 features The Rail Alliance Hub – where members exhibit alongside one another.
For further details visit www.railalliance.co.uk
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Their 100,000 members work at the heart of the country's most important and dynamic industries.
With a 160-year heritage supporting them, today's Institution is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, they create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.
For further details visit www.imeche.org
Established in 2009, Rail Champions strive to provide a neutral platform for new business development, debate and discussion to which suppliers, maintainers and end users can work collaboratively to 'share knowledge' and develop the 'transport infrastructure' of the future.
They work hard to connect people, technology and great ideas that will shape the future design of our urban and city stations. Offering support and advice on bid management, sustainable project delivery and leadership development.
Their passion is to create partnerships that work - connecting people that need help. They utilize extensive trend knowledge, driving both market awareness and sustainable business development. They have a successful track record working with SME Company's to realize their true worth, with the shared goal to position their company as an industry leader.
For further details visit www.rail-champions.com
Permanent Way Institution
The Permanent Way Institution is a not for profit organisation for all engineers involved with track and infrastructure. With a wealth of knowledge within their membership, their focus is to encourage the sharing of best practice between infrastructure staff at all levels and stages of their career. This initiative is being actively supported by key players in the rail industry.
The benefits of being a member of the PWI include on-line forums through our website, quarterly journals, discounted specialist textbooks on permanent way associated topics and technical seminars as well as access to an extensive body of infrastructure knowledge and expertise.
For further details visit www.permanentwayinstitution.com
Institution of Railway Signal Engineers
The IRSE is the professional institution for all those engaged in or associated with railway signalling, telecommunications and allied professions. The IRSE has its headquarters in London, UK and is active worldwide. Founded in 1912, the Institution aims to advance, for the public benefit, the science and practice of signalling and telecommunications engineering within the industry and to maintain high standards of knowledge and competence within the profession.
For further details visit www.irse.org
Rail Plant Association
The Rail Plant Association (RPA) is the professional association for road/rail plant owners, operators and users. Set up by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), it provides members with a set of Model Trading Conditions, information, support structure and lobbying voice to their companies.
For further details visit www.cpa.uk.net/p/Join-RPA/
UK Trade & Investment
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets.
For further details visit www.ukti.gov.uk
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
One of the most highly recognised knowledge sharing networks in the world, The Institution of Engineering and Technology is for engineers and technologists working or studying in an increasingly multidisciplinary, digital and global environment.
With a growing membership of over 150,000 professionals from more than 127 countries, their role is to disseminate knowledge and promote professionalism on a local and international platform, enhancing both professional and personal development for the engineering and technology industries.
For further details visit www.theiet.org
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Membership of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK offers access to a unique range of benefits and unbeatable services designed to support you, personally and professionally, throughout your career. Organisations also benefit from tailored corporate packages ensuring growth for both the company and its staff.
Membership of the Institute pays for itself, not only in monetary value through the benefits we provide, but also in terms of increased career progression opportunities. Applying for an Assessed Grade can give you access to renowned CILT post-nominal letters representing ones commitment or contribution to the industry.
Our vision is to be the leading global membership organisation within the Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain sectors, providing education and development for both individuals and corporations.
For further details visit www.ciltuk.org.uk
Rail Forum East Midlands
The Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world - over 100 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6 billion to the local economy.
RFEM has dedicated local support from the City and County Councils, the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2), UK Trade & Investment and other industry groups.
This support helps RFEM members locate and access new markets and promote international expansion. It also helps bring new organisations to the region, to continue the growth and reputation of the region’s rail industry.
For further details visit www.midlandsrail.co.uk