Below is a list of the supporting organisations. If you would to find out more information about becoming a supporter then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ricardo are a global consultancy providing technical expertise and specialist engineering services to help clients navigate the rail industry's operational, commercial and regulatory demands. With extensive experience across all key disciplines, from rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications, to energy efficiency, safety management and operational planning, they support a client portfolio that ranges from some of the world's largest rail administrations to niche component suppliers.
Angel Trains is one of the UK's leading train leasing specialists and asset managers, leasing rolling stock to 18 franchised operators and two open access operators in the UK. The company is passionate about financing and delivering high quality, modern assets to its customers and is committed to working with the Government, the Rail Delivery Group, the Rail Supply Group and other stakeholders to provide innovative funding solutions to modernise and improve the UK's train fleet. The company has invested more than £5 billion in new rolling stock and refurbishment programmes since privatisation, and supports thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.
Angel Trains is a proud sponsor of the Women in Rail group and provides networking opportunities for women interested or working in the rail industry. The company supports the diversification of the rail industry’s workforce, encouraging more women to consider the UK rail sector for their career.
Bombardier Transportation provides a range of rail engineering, vehicle manufacture, maintenance support, rail control solutions and turnkey project management expertise. The company has built, or has on order, around 60% of the UK’s modern-era rolling stock and maintains around a third of the UK fleet. With its rail engineering and aluminium car body manufacture in Derby, Bombardier is also the only company that both designs and manufactures trains in the UK.
Bombardier supports train operators throughout the UK with its comprehensive range of fleet maintenance services, technical and materials support and vehicle upgrade solutions. Maintenance crews throughout the country support train operators 24/7 to ensure excellent reliability and availability for their fleets. Bombardier also provides heavy maintenance services that add value and extend the life of rolling stock assets in the UK.
AVENTRA is Bombardier’s next-generation EMU - designed for the UK to deliver optimised performance through innovative design. With the capability to serve many different market requirements from metro to intercity, this new light weight EMU will provide optimised energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs, high reliability and an improved passenger experience. The AVENTRA concept is a modular platform offering maximum flexibility; fundamental elements, such as train layout and length, have been developed within the framework of a core design, which shares the same innovative systems and proven components.
For almost 100 years Furrer+Frey have been electrifying public transport. Creating iconic solutions, setting industry standards, seeking to reduce railway electrification costs, as well as improve safety and reliability through innovation. They are a dynamic team of engineers, consultants and project managers, and have worked around the world on a multitude of interesting and challenging projects from mega projects in China and India to complex projects in over 30 other counties. From charge stations for buses, trams and trains to high-speed overhead line and everything in between Furrer+Frey have become synonymous with electrification.
The Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) was launched in 2000 and exists for its members and the rail industry, promoting best practice and representing the interests of railway operators at all levels.
The IRO is the focal point for raising standards through operational training, sharing knowledge and expertise, providing members with the very best developmental opportunities. Using the Professional Operators Development framework the IRO delivers a range of courses tailored specifically to the needs of the industry.
Seen as the organisation of choice for those seeking to develop their career within the rail sector, membership of the IRO opens the door to a wealth of professional expertise and networking opportunities.
iPort Rail is the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub, one of the country’s top five inland ports for size and capacity. Sitting within the 337-acre iPort logistics park in Doncaster, this independently-operated, 30-acre, high volume, secure container site offers 24/7 access to customers. Designed to help minimise downtime and transport goods as quickly and cost-effectively as possible in an environmentally-friendly way, its state-of-the-art facilities link quickly and efficiently to national and international freight networks. Deep water ports at Teesside and Immingham are under 2 hours away, while Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton are all accessible within 7 hours.
Founded in 1998, KBH On-Train Media is the UK’s largest on-train media company. They work with train operating companies (TOCs) to monetise their poster, digital and Wi-Fi media assets, delivering important incremental ‘non-farebox’ revenue, as well as installing TOC communication material such as safety information, network maps and marketing campaigns.
The Traincard advertising format reaches over seven million consumers every four weeks, with 65,000 panels installed in over 6,500 carriages. Traincards have the highest dwelltime of any out-of-home media and give brands an unrivalled opportunity to reach consumers during their journey, when they have time to absorb and act on advertising.
As a result, this traditional advertising format plays an effective role in influencing consumer behaviour, and also provides a powerful opportunity to connect out-of-home messaging with mobile brand platforms. To monetise the increasing consumer appetite for online connectivity on the move, in 2014 they formed sister company KBH Digital to work with TOCs to offer digital advertising opportunities via on-train Wi-Fi services and on-board entertainment portals.
Knorr-Bremse Rail UK offers customers in the UK and Ireland the full range of Knorr-Bremse Rail Group Connected Systems and ‘whole life’ support for those systems. In addition, through its specialist RailServices organisation, ‘whole train’ service, maintenance and modernisation, is available for all tram and train types.
In addition to the Knorr-Bremse Rail UK headquarters based in Melksham, Wiltshire, which is responsible for design, engineering and manufacturing, the company operates five other UK facilities; the Corsham precision machining facility, the Burton-upon-Trent air-conditioning facility, the Manchester friction material facility and the Springburn, near Glasgow and Wolverton, near Milton Keynes, RailServices facilities.
North Star provides specialist consultancy advice and services to customers across a range of transport modes. Whether they are giving strategic operational advice, disruption management guidance or bidding support, customer service is at the heart of everything they do. Collectively, their people provide unique and unrivalled experience, expertise and passion in operations, service quality and the customer experience. North Star helps its customers to achieve the best possible levels of service, attracting and retaining their customers. Their varied client base includes train operating companies, airports, airlines and other transport industry suppliers.
Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, is one of the largest integrated and diversified providers of rolling stock and infrastructure solutions and technologies for global rail customers. Progress Rail delivers advanced Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) locomotives and engines, railcars, track work, fasteners, signalling, rail welding and Kershaw Maintenance-of-Way equipment, along with dedicated locomotive and freight car repair services, aftermarket parts support and recycling operations. The company also offers advanced rail technologies, including data acquisition and asset protection equipment. Progress Rail’s deep industry expertise, together with the support of Caterpillar, ensures a commitment to quality through innovative solutions for the rail industry. Progress Rail has a network of nearly 200 locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit progressrail.com and follow @Progress_Rail on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the representative body for UK-based suppliers to the UK and world-wide railways. It has some 200 companies in membership and the sector employs 240,000 people and contributes annually £11 billion Gross Value Added (GVA). 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 works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.
The Railway Benefit Fund has been helping the UK railway family for 160 years. There has never been a better time to get involved, spread the word and help us to continue our help for the next generation.
We work tirelessly to support you and your colleagues every day. We are proud to say that we are behind such an exciting industry that is critical to the UK and our growing economy.
You are only ever a phone call or click away from accessing our confidential advice on life’s most stressful subjects. Let us help you and your family get back on track so you can continue to play your part in keeping the UK Railway running and growing.
We have one simple focus and that is supporting UK rail people past, present and future. We are the only charity that solely supports railway people and their families. It’s that simple. Visit us: www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk
Whether you are a buyer or supplier, RSSB Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) remains central to the safe and cost-effective procurement of products and services on Britain’s railway. RISQS is the pre-qualification service assuring the industry’s 100-plus buyers – including Transport for London and Network Rail – with the risk assurance that enables them to do business with confidence with the UK rail’s 4,000-plus suppliers. RSSB is a not for profit organisation and administers the only GB railway supplier qualification scheme that is “by the railway, for the railway” on behalf of its members. For more information please see www.risqs.org.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Their teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients in oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power. On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.
Through the combined resources of Wabtec and Faiveley Transport, their organisation is one of the world’s largest public rail equipment companies, with a presence in all key freight rail and passenger transit geographies worldwide.
The company’s transit segment, designs, manufactures, markets and services a large range of high added-value components, systems and services to help customers build and maintain trains that are safe, reliable and cost efficient throughout their life cycle.
They are unique within the rail industry in the breadth and depth of products and services that they offer their customers, fully supported by a versatile and highly skilled workforce.
Passenger, freight and road vehicle overhaul, upgrade and maintenance provision:
- DMU, EMU and passenger coach overhaul, refurbishment, upgrade, life extension, maintenance, C6 and C4 exams
- Rail and freight locomotive – new, rebuild, repower, overhaul and maintenance
- Industrial locomotive and shunting locomotive – new and overhaul
- Road and rail vehicle – new
System and component provision:
- Passenger power/trailer and underground car bogie and gearbox– overhaul
- Freight bogie – new and overhaul
- Freight and passenger wheel – new, overhaul and maintenance
- Engine, transmission and cooler group – overhaul and upgrade
- Traction motor – overhaul and upgrade
- HVAC – overhaul and maintenance
- Door, step and ramp
- Brake, coupler and buffer
- CCTV, passenger information and pantograph
- Fleet spares management including obsolescence management and reverse engineering
- Freight vehicle on depot service provision
- Passenger vehicle on depot service provision
For more information visit: www.wabtec.com