A new plan has been launched to make the UK a global leader in rail.
The Rail Supply Group (RSG), which represents the rail supply chain in the UK, has unveiled how it plans put the UK at the forefront of rail.
In a speech launching the strategy, transport minister Patrick McLoughlin said: “For the first time, the rail supply chain has an agreed plan for how it will grow in numbers, productivity and expertise.
“A plan for how, by 2025, the industry will more than double exports, attract new talent, develop new technology, harness the energy, drive and innovation of the sector’s SMEs, and become a global leader in high speed rail.”
The strategy aims to improve conditions across the supply chain. It also sets out the RSG’s plan to implement its Productivity Pledge, which aims to improve areas such as procurement and planning, recruitment of talent, support for SMEs, as well as increasing exports and investment and driving technology innovation.
Rail Supply Group Industry co-chair and managing director of Alstom UK & Ireland Terence Watson said: “The opportunities in the rail industry right now and into the foreseeable future are vast, with HS2 on the way as well as other much needed investments in upgrades, signalling and electrification.
“But just to build these projects and then pack up at the end would miss the point. As an industry we must use them to kick-start a new wave of UK manufacturing and exporting prowess, maximising the benefit to UK PLC. That’s why we are pledging to work together to double the industry’s export volumes, drive economic growth and create thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships across the country.”
It comes after the government announced that apprenticeship targets would be written into big infrastructure targets.