Two rail supply chain bodies have joined forces to strengthen their lobbying activity and offer members more technical, policy and export support.
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding this month to increase collaboration and present a “stronger, co-ordinated and consistent” voice to government on rail supply chain issues.
Members will also benefit from shared policy and technical information, joint support for rail in the industrial strategy agenda and exporting advice and support.
RIA chief executive Darren Caplan said: “It is fantastic to announce a greater collaborative relationship between RIA and RFEM.
“For members, it will mean they get even more from both organisations, including more information and assistance on technical, policy and export matters as well as more visibility of rail supply chain events.
“Externally, we will work more closely with RFEM to showcase the importance of rail to the government and stakeholders and to provide greater consistency in highlighting key priorities for the sector”.
RFEM general manager Elaine Clark said: “RFEM is delighted to be working more closely with RIA for the benefit of our respective members. While as an industry we have a number of challenges we also have a wealth of opportunities.
“By working together, we can strengthen the case for change where it’s needed and ensure our members in the supply chain are best placed to develop their businesses and to grow and prosper.”