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UK rail industry

This section contains:

  • Partnership railway - how Britain's train companies and Network Rail are working together with a plan to change and improve
  • Passenger, freight and track services - details of the organisations that make up the UK rail industry, plus government and European bodies
  • Punctuality metrics - a four-weekly review of punctuality at all recorded station stops
  • Rail events - a calendar of rail industry events
  • Working in rail - links to information about how to get into the rail industry, and details of the support and benefits once you are in

You may also be interested in how the RDG is organised.

Rail industry groups working together

Britain’s railway is one of the safest and most intensively used rail networks in the world. The system is operated by a number of organisations with clearly defined roles that work closely together to deliver a successful railway for passengers, freight customers and the public.

Passenger and freight services are provided by train companies who operate over infrastructure provided by Network Rail. These organisations collaboratively deliver the timetable and customer service. Through the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), they ​also develop strategies and plans to improve the railway.

'In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity’ is our single, long-term plan to secure a stronger economy, better customer journeys and more rewarding jobs on the railway. All parts of the rail industry in Britain have signed up to our Four Commitments to deliver for customers, communities, the economy and our people.

The train companies and infrastructure provider are serviced by a large and specialist supply chain who provide everything from new trains to signalling systems and catering services. The rail supply industry comes together in Rail Supply Group (RSG).

Members of RDG and RSG also work with Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB). RSSB supports the industry to help them achieve their objectives - particularly in regard to efficiency and safety. RSSB is independent, works across the whole rail network and facilitates cross industry collaboration.

For more details of what each body does, please take a look at the video below.

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