Act Now

The Rail Supply Group Taskforce publishes its
Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

The report, published on 14 July 2020, explains how the Rail Supply Group is responding and taking action, supporting the rail supply industry to achieve the best possible recovery from the current crisis.

Read more about the Act Now priorities from the Rail Supply Group

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Hear from Philip Hoare, Chair of the Rail Supply Group about the report and the actions being taken.

Survey results

Read results of the Rail Supply Group’s (RSG) recent research survey.


The results from our recent survey have shaped and influenced how we move the rail sector’s supply industry from today’s crisis to tomorrow’s recovery.

About the RSG’s research survey

The RSG launched an independent wide-scale research survey to harness the views of the Rail Supply industry.

Conducted by Savanta ComRes on behalf of the RSG, the survey results provided valuable insights to steer our current and future work.

In total, Savanta ComRes interviewed 442 individuals working in the UK Rail Supply Sector between Thursday 30 April to Monday 18 May 2020. Savanta ComRes also conducted 10 in-depth interviews with individuals representing organisations across the UK rail supply chain between 12 May and 3 June 2020.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the survey.

Read the RSG’s survey results (published June 2020). The research findings are those already on the website as a PDF here:


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About the Rail Supply Group

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) is the leadership body for the UK rail supply sector, whose aim is to strengthen the capability and competitiveness of the UK rail supply chain to grow business at home and abroad.

Council members comprise of senior representatives drawn from across the rail supply chain including clients, providers, Government and key stakeholders, amongst others.

To enable us to understand how we move from today’s crisis to tomorrow’s recovery, a Rail Supply Group Taskforce, comprising of senior representatives drawn from across the rail supply chain, including clients, providers, Government (The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and The Department for Transport) and key trade associations and stakeholders, has been formed to oversee this work with an agreed Terms of Reference.

Our goal is set out the path from the current crisis to the fullest, fastest and best recovery for the rail supply industry.

Our starting point was to conduct an independent research survey to harness your views. An accompanying open letter explaining our position and why the planned independent research survey is needed is available here.

The survey was supported by partners from across the rail industry including: The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Network Rail, Rail Alliance, Rail Forum Midlands (RFM), Railway Industry Association (RIA), the RSSB and many others.

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The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure.

With more than 300 members split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water.

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The Rail Alliance is part of the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE) – an integration that has strengthened the links between the two organisations and builds on connections with the wider railway sector. Not only does this ensure that research and teaching draws on real-world situations, it further reinforces relationships with SMEs for the benefit of the railway supply chain. As the rail sectors largest dedicated B2B rail community organisation with more than 700 members, the Rail Alliance is all about bringing customers, suppliers and supply chain opportunities together. Its broad spectrum of members extends way beyond rail and positions the Rail Alliance as the go-to organisation for B2B diversity, ingenuity and innovation.

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Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) is the only regionally focussed rail trade organisation in the UK. Supporting the nationally and internationally important rail supply chain cluster across the Midlands RFM has over 220 members providing products and services across all aspects of the industry. RFM actively supports the national rail agenda and strategy, encouraging collaboration, promoting members’ capabilities, leading a number of regional skills initiatives and supporting innovation and export priorities. RFM is owned and governed by its members with a Board drawn from member companies.

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The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products.

RIA represents railway supply interests to policy makers, rail clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 300+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too. RIA are active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and include both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number) in our membership. RIA is a partner organisation of the Rail Supply Group, working to support the Rail Sector Deal and the Rail Supply Group’s engagement with industry.

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