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RSG partners with RDG to give supply chain clearer and more independent voice

A new partnership between the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today been announced with the aim of co-ordinating shared objectives and giving the supply chain a stronger voice.

The move will strengthen relationships between the two organisations and will look to maintain a clearer, more independent voice for the rail supply chain within the RDG.

It will also offer closer alignment and collaboration between TOCs, Network Rail and the supply chain and give the government and stakeholders a ‘one-stop shop’ for relations with the industry.

To co-ordinate the change, RSG chair Gordon Wakeford will join the RDG board, and RDG chief executive Paul Plummer will join the RSG council.

The RSG council will remain independent after the change, although it will now work as the RDG’s fourth ‘strategic board’.

“This announcement builds on the success the RSG has had since the launch of the sector strategy, establishing clear work streams and bringing the supply chain together,” said Wakeford. “By plugging into the resources, structures and expertise of the RDG, the RSG can do more to drive growth in the supply chain.

“We now have the right structure in place to ensure we deliver on our priorities – driving growth, accelerating innovation, growing exports, and investing in our people. These are shared priorities, and I look forward to working with the RDG in continuing to deliver them.”

Plummer argued that the partnership serves to cement “the good relationship between the RDG and the RSG” and to ensure the two bodies are “even more co-ordinated and joined-up”.

“As one team working together we can give the railway and the rail supply chain a more powerful voice,” he added. “It's vital that passenger and freight train operators, Network Rail and their supply chains work together to build a bigger, better railway for Britain while helping to grow British businesses that operate in communities across the country.”

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Noam Bleicher   25/07/2017 at 12:13

RDG is better than the useless ATOC used to be, but still falls far short of what we need. We need an aggressively expansionist industry body which lobbies for new lines, capacity upgrades and reopenings, while also making the case against pointless road and aviation schemes.

Noam Bleicher   25/07/2017 at 12:35

Who, for instance, is arguing for Swansea electrification to obviate the Gwent Levels motorway, or arguing for the transfer of domestic flight traffic to HS2 to obviate the third runway?

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