Rail Alliance

The Rail Alliance is the UK’s largest, fastest growing networking organisation supporting the rail sector and boasts a registered membership in excess of 2000 registered members from more than 1,900 companies. 
The Rail Alliance supports, informs and assists companies (large and small) to better understand the rail sector and the opportunities within it.  Importantly, you do not need to be a ‘rail company’ per se to join the Rail Alliance; indeed, many of its members would not classify themselves as traditional rail companies – they are companies already operating in the automotive, aerospace, marine or manufacturing sectors (for example); or those companies looking to diversify into rail; or those who have traded in rail before and are looking to re-engage within the sector. 

Within the Rail Alliance membership there are plenty of rail companies including Train Operating Companies as well as Tier 1/2 companies.  In fact the Rail Alliance spans all aspects of the Rail Sector to enable its members (SMEs in the main) to Network, Collaborate, and Innovate with both suppliers and customers in order for them to thrive as a business.



The Rail Alliance sees itself as the voice of the rail supply chain across the UK, able to represent the interests of, and understand the business development needs for, the SME base.  It is a repository of information and networking contacts and is actively connected to the UK Universities and their RD&I programmes – in particular with the University of Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education.


Individual objectivies

The Rail Alliance aims to provide timely advice, tailored assistance and, most importantly, to identify and pass on business development opportunities at home and abroad to those in the rail sector.

The Rail Alliance is able to do this through its extensive range of contacts and its well respected programme of networking events, rail-focused seminars, its knowledge transfer partnerships with academe and its knowledge of business support provision available from the public and private sectors.

First and foremost, the Rail Alliance is here to help its members understand the Rail Industry, it provides them with impartial information and advice whilst signposting the wide range of assistance that is available.

The Rail Alliance is connected into the United Kingdom Trade and Industry (UKTI) Mass Transportation Sector Group and assists the UKTI in optimising the export potential of UK rail sector companies. Additionally, under the ‘inward investment’ agenda, it also assists those foreign companies seeking to set up business in the UK rail sector.



National and International Markets – with special interest in European Mainland nations, BRIC nations, Australia and New Zealand


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Relevant facts

The Rail Alliance is championing the world’s first national standard in Collaborative Business Relationships (BS11000) and, as an accredited and trained facilitator, runs workshops and seminars on the standard it’s employment and its benefits – for more information visit



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