Transforming The Rail Industry – Have your say

Open invitation to UK rail supply chain: Views sought on the rail sector deal 

  • Exploring Customer Experience, Innovation and Sustainable UK Rail, the newly formed RSG/RDG partnership calls upon rail industry for views on game-changing rail sector deal
  • Opportunity for government to prioritise the rail sector and unlock industry potential
  • The deal can champion the rail sector and provide government support to drive sector growth in the UK and abroad

The government, through its Industrial Strategy, is seeking to work with different industrial sectors to release their potential for driving growth in the UK economy. This is an important opportunity for the rail sector to champion the substantial contribution we make to the UK economy and to push for the necessary support to drive forward the UK rail supply chain.

The rail sector deal can be game-changing and transformative for Britain’s rail network and customers. By working together with the broader industry, the supply chain can develop a world leading proposal for a deal that persuades the government to prioritise the sector and help unlock its future potential.

The Rail Supply Group wants to hear the views of the supply chain on what a sector deal for rail could include and what needs to be done to secure long-term, high-skilled jobs for Britain, both now and in the long term.

This is an opportunity for the industry to shape both the direction and delivery of increased future investment. A sector deal for rail can enable new businesses, collaborating with other complementary industrial sectors, to sell innovative products and services to rail, both here and in export markets. It is an opportunity to transform our railway and enable the UK’s supply chain to become truly world leading.

The newly-formed partnership between the RSG and the RDG wants to hear from every part of the rail industry – especially supply chain companies small, medium and large – so that once submitted, it is clear to government that the sector deal for rail is robust and truly representative of the diverse range of businesses that contribute to the success of Britain’s railway.

Gordon Wakeford, Chair of the Rail Supply Group, said:

“This is a unique chance for the rail industry to highlight its importance to the economy as a leading driver of growth and prosperity.

“Working together we can develop a co-ordinated deal that covers both clients’ and suppliers’ needs, as well as bringing track and train closer together. The supply chain has a vital role in delivering a rail network that provides for Britain now and in the long term.”

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train operators and Network Rail to improve the railway, said:

“The government’s green paper earlier this year was an open door challenge to industry to approach ministers with proposals that will transform their sector, investing in skills and jobs. That’s exactly what rail is doing, by working together to develop a compelling and transformative Sector Deal”.

The themes the Rail Sector Deal will explore are:

  • Customer Experience
  • Innovation, including digitalisation
  • Sustainable UK Rail

The RSG wants to hear your views on:

  • What would success look like for these themes?
  • What help can you or your organisation offer over the coming weeks and months to shape our transformative and innovative sector deal.

How can you help us?

To submit your views, or if you would like more information regarding how you can take part in this consultation and to keep up to date with upcoming opportunities to share your opinions, please contact

The deadline for responses is Friday 6 October.


Notes to Editor

  1. For all media enquiries please contact Will Roberts at
  1. About the Rail Supply Group

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) is the leadership body for the rail supply sector, uniquely bringing together government and the private sector to champion the rail supply chain. Formed in 2014, the RSG is the only rail body to have members from government and the private sector focusing on supporting and enhancing the rail supply chain, from SMEs to multi-national companies across the UK. The RSG focusses on four areas of work: driving growth; accelerating innovation; doubling exports and improving skills.

The RSG is Co-Chaired by Gordon Wakeford from Siemens. Follow us on Twitter @RailSupplyGrp or find out more online at www.railsupplygroup

  1. About the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) brings companies together to improve the railway. Working together, rail companies are delivering more than £50billion investment in Britain’s railway, including over 6,400 extra train services every week and over 5,500 more train carriages by 2021, and a range of changes to improve the experience of passengers from simpler ticket buying to better information. This is all part of our upgrade plan to improve journeys and to make local economies stronger and fairer, now and for the future.

  1. The Rail Sector Deal process is being led on behalf of the industry by the RSG/RDG by Philip Hoare (MD, Atkins Transportation) and Anna Delvecchio (Senior Industry Secondee from Amey to RSG).


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