In­dus­trial strat­egy of­fers job boost, say rail sup­pli­ers

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

The Govern­ment’s new in­dus­trial strat­egy could cre­ate up to 40,000 new jobs in the rail in­dus­try sup­ply chain, ac­cord­ing to the Rail Sup­ply Group and the Rail­way In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (RIA).

In a joint sub­mis­sion to the Govern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion on its in­dus­trial strat­egy, they call for a ‘rolling pro­gramme’ of in­vest­ment to re­move what they call the “feast and famine that has char­ac­terised rail in­vest­ment to date”.

They also seek a move to out­put­based spec­i­fi­ca­tion, which they say would al­low the pri­vate sec­tor to in­no­vate and drive efficiency. Sup­port to re­move bar­ri­ers to in­no­va­tion, pri­vate fi­nance and pro­duc­tiv­ity, longer-term con­tracts, a pro­cure­ment ap­proach which val­ues UK con­tent, sup­port for a sup­ply chain de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, and match-fund­ing to help cre­ate ef­fi­cien­cies could all cre­ate the po­ten­tial for an ad­di­tional 40,000 new jobs in the in­dus­try.

RIA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Dar­ren Ca­plan said: “The Govern­ment’s in­dus­trial strat­egy rep­re­sents a real op­por­tu­nity to re­fresh and re­set the rules of the game for rail sup­ply with the cre­ation of a ded­i­cated sec­tor deal, adop­tion of longer-term con­tracts, pro­cure­ment ef­fi­cien­cies and changes to the way con­tracts are spec­i­fied.

“There is a lot the in­dus­try can do it­self to im­prove, but there are also ar­eas where the sec­tor’s deep­en­ing part­ner­ship with Govern­ment can de­liver re­sults. It’s an ex­cit­ing time to work in rail sup­ply, and our joint sub­mis­sion re­flects the ap­petite from in­dus­try to step up to meet the chal­lenges fac­ing rail in Bri­tain.”

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