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07.05.20

Network Rail to aid UK rail supply chain secure business abroad

From the 1st of May, Network Rail have announced that references will be provided for use by UK suppliers when bidding for overseas contractors or an export opportunity.

Under this new measure, Network Rail suppliers, will have the option to apply for a reference in writing, either on completion of a contract or following a period of 12 months of continuous work.

Network Rail’s announcement to provide references for UK suppliers with overseas growth ambitions reflects its commitment to the Rail Sector Deal, a Government and rail industry commitment to work together to ensure the UK takes advantage of emerging opportunities in the global rail sector.

Commercial and Procurement Director for Network Rail, Clive Berrington, said: “Supporting the UK’s railway supply chain win overseas contracts will help suppliers develop their businesses and ultimately help boost the British economy.

“This may also help accelerate innovation and drive competitiveness in the sector. We have always worked collaboratively with our supply chain and by offering this support, we are helping unlock the rail supply chain’s future potential overseas.”

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “This is welcome news that UK rail suppliers will now be able to get a reference from Network Rail to support them in winning business overseas.

“Rail is already a vital part of the UK’s export offer – with UK rail goods and services traded across the world – and this support from Network Rail will help the railway industry do even more. As a key delivery partner of the Rail Sector Deal, RIA and our members will clearly support this work.”

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