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UK and Australian rail associations join forces

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The UK Railway Industry Association (RIA) has formed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Australian counterpart.

The 220 rail companies who are members of the RIA will now have a direct link with the 140 members of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to promote a closer working relationship between rail bodies in both countries.

RIA chief executive Darren Caplan believes that the MoU has the potential for rail bodies either side of the pond to collaborate on skills development and sharing best practices moving forwards.

“This partnership with the Australasian Railway Association is a truly exciting opportunity for RIA and the UK rail industry, in the months ahead,” he said. “It is a great example of an industry reaching out to fellow colleagues across the globe, to develop new trade links and cooperation, which is especially important as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

WI see lots of common ground to form this working relationship, for the benefit of both RIA, ARA and our respective members – and we look forward to collaborating in the very near future!”

ARA chief executive Danny Broad added: “Future engagement with the Railway Industry Association of the United Kingdom will provide potential benefits and opportunities for all members of the Australasian Railway Association including our passenger and freight operators, track managers, suppliers, manufacturers, consultants and contractors.

“Working and collaborating with the RIA on common industry challenges will provide consolidation of ideas for possible suitable outcomes for the rail sectors covered by both the ARA and RIA.”

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