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GB Rail Industry

GB rail industry

This section contains information about:

  • Campaigns - find out what we are passionate about
  • Passenger, freight and track services - the organisations that make up the UK rail industry, plus related government and European bodies
  • Travelling by rail - useful links and what we are doing to improve your journeys
  • Ways into rail - how to get into the rail industry, and details of the support and benefits once you are in

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.

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.

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