Railtex 2021

Joining forces to shape the future of UK rail

7 - 9 September 2021 | NEC, Birmingham

Infrarail 2021

Our Partners

Railtex and Infrarail continue to receive strong support from major organisations shaping the UK’s rail industry.

Main Partner

Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. RIA works to build a bigger and better rail supply industry by promoting the importance of the rail system to UK plc to policy makers, representing the views of suppliers to clients and industry bodies, helping export UK expertise around the globe and sharing best practice and innovation across the industry. The Association has more than 300 member companies active across the whole of railway supply and covering a diverse range of products and services. The membership includes both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number).  RIA members support a national railway that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham.

Show Partners

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE)

From training engineers to developing world-leading technologies, we collaborate with industry and academia to drive UK and global rail innovation.

We are the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, developing world-leading new technologies alongside renowned higher education programmes. We are part of the UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and lead the Centre of Execellence in Digital Systems. In 2018, we welcomed Rail Alliance into BCRRE.

British Steel

Sponsored by British Steel, our Track display area allows exhibitors to showcase their track products in-situ. An Exhibitor List for the Track will be added nearer the time. There is limited availability for this feature, so we advise all interested exhibitors to book early in order to avoid disappointment.

CPD Certification Service

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles.

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

HS2 will be a high-speed railway connecting London to Birmingham from 2026, Crewe by 2027 and then, along a Y-shaped route, to Manchester and Leeds from 2033. It will provide fast, frequent and reliable services for over 100 cities and towns, including eight of the UK’s largest urban areas. As soon as the project breaks ground, almost a decade before the first passengers board the new trains, HS2 will be a catalyst for growth across Britain, opening up local and regional markets, attracting investment and improving skills and job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the whole country.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Throughout the constantly evolving work of mechanical engineers, one Institution has been at the heart of the world’s most important and dynamic industries since its formation in 1847. Today, working hard to support our 120,000 members, the Institution is the market leader among professional engineering bodies. It is a go-ahead organization with global reach that truly represents and reflects the profession: encouraging professional registration and long-term career development.

As a global community of mechanical engineers represented in over 140 countries, the Institution is the largest network of mechanical engineering knowledge, skill and opportunity in the world. With an ever growing membership based outside the UK, we develop and maintain key partnerships with leading multi-national employers to ensure their technical workforces are trained to the highest standard. By equipping engineers with the right skills, knowledge and experience to help them develop, we contribute to strengthening the world’s leading companies.

We encourage high profile education initiatives which inspire the next generation to work in engineering, and get engineers featured in the global media and heard by government.

We are committed to ensuring that the views of engineers are well represented in the public domain. Thanks to its internationally recognised thought leadership around energy, climate change and future transport, the global press trusts the Institution as a source of expert opinion. With a proven track record for understanding the needs of government, our well respected expert knowledge is sought by politicians to shape policy.

Network Rail

Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. They are improving the rail network - providing faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys between Britain's towns and cities. This is bringing people and businesses closer together, making Britain more competitive and a better place to do business.

Permanent Way Institution

The Permanent Way Institution is a not for profit organisation for all engineers involved with track and infrastructure. With a wealth of knowledge within their membership, their focus is to encourage the sharing of best practice between infrastructure staff at all levels and stages of their career. This initiative is being actively supported by key players in the rail industry.

Rail Alliance

The Rail Alliance is the largest business to business rail networking organisation in the UK. The Rail Alliance provides tailored assistance to members and signpost potential opportunities for their business through their 20+ networking meetings per year. The Rail Alliance attends all major European exhibitions and seminars connected to the rail industry.

Rail Forum Midlands

Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) is a national industry association with strong regional connections; being based at the heart of one of the largest clusters of rail companies in the world. Our focus is to serve and support our members, offering exceptional value and service. We:

  • represent their interests to government, stakeholders and key clients;
  • help them to connect to customers/suppliers and opportunities 
  • encourage collaboration and 
  • ensure they are aware of future trends and needs across the industry. 

Our 300 members span the entire sector drawing in major global players through to niche start-up businesses. 

Railway Benefit Fund

Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) are here for railway people and their families all over the UK. Funded entirely by donations and fundraising efforts, RBF is dedicated to providing help and support to current, former and retired workers and their families during tough times. Focussing on the wellbeing, needs and concerns of those working in the rail industry, the RBF offer advice and financial support to those who need it.

Transport for London

Part of the Greater London Authority family led by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, we are the integrated transport authority responsible for delivering the Mayor’s aims for transport.

We have a key role in shaping what life is like in London, helping to realise the Mayor’s vision for a ‘City for All Londoners’ and helping to create a safer, fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy sets a target for 80 per cent of all journeys to be made by walking, cycling or using public transport by 2041. To make this a reality, we prioritise sustainability, health and the quality of people’s experience in everything we do.

We run most of London’s public transport services, including the London Underground, London Buses, the DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, London Trams, London River Services, London Dial-a-Ride, Victoria Coach Station, Santander Cycles and the Emirates Air Line. The quality and accessibility of these services is fundamental to Londoners’ quality of life. By improving and expanding public transport and making more stations step free, we can make people’s lives easier and increase the appeal of sustainable travel over private car use.

Media Partners

Rail Media

Rail Media keeps the industry connected with the latest products, developments and projects. Whether it be through one of our magazines, attending one of our many events where our events team connect like-minded professionals or utilising our recruitment services that help companies connect with the ideal candidates.

:: News ::
RailStaff - Trade Magazine for the UK Rail Industry
Rail Engineer - Technical Engineering Magazine for the UK Rail Industry
Global Rail News - Global Rail News Website

:: Events ::
Rail Summits - A series of specialist Rail conferences
Rail Exec - A series of networking events
RailStaff Awards - Saying thank you to the people who keep the rail industry moving
Rail Live - The largest outdoor event in the rail industry

:: Recruitment ::
RailwayPeople.com helps the UK Rail Industry find people
Global Rail Jobs helps the Global Rail Industry find people

...and we offer a bunch of services, just find us at the show and ask!

Railway Gazette International

The leading business journal for the global rail industry, Railway Gazette International is read by transport professionals and decision makers in more than 140 countries.

Published monthly, the magazine contains in depth technical, commercial and geographical articles, many written by senior figures within the rail industry. The articles are complemented by industry-focused news and high-quality analysis, complied by an expert team of professional journalists specialising in the rail sector. Analysis goes behind the headline news to explain what you really need to know.  Innovations brings you the latest products and services for the rail industry.  Inside Industry looks at mergers, acquisitions, financial results and other news from the supply sector.


RBD is the UK’s leading rail, construction and contracting daily news and profile-raising platform. We provide unique media and business growth services to a wide range of industry-related organisations.

RBD’s website receives c7,200,000 visitors a year and has more than 50,000 daily subscribers and an extended network of more than 100,000 industry contacts. Our LinkedIn network contains more than 13,000 connections, all organically grown with the highest engagement rates of any rail industry media outlet in the UK. RBD’s RailDirector magazine is sent to 2,300 of the most influential industry leaders/decision makers every month with 15,000 online subscribers.

BtoB Rail

B2B Rail is the leader in France as marketing communication agency in the railway industry and public transport worldwide. We are an specialized in Web Marketing, Leads Generation, Business and Strategy Solutions.

Clever solutions for a better communication.  Web Marketing is the science of choosing target markets through market analysis and market segmentation, as well as understanding consumer behavior and providing superior customer value. From a societal point of view also the link between a society's material requirements and its economic patterns of response. Marketing satisfies these needs and wants through exchange processes and building long term relationships.


RTM is the leading independent news brand for the UK’s rail industry. We liaise with our audience, industry leaders and influencers to understand rail industry challenges and key objectives, enabling us to report unique and exclusive news, comment, analysis and best practice across multiple channels.

RTM places its clients at the centre of the most current discussions, positioning them as leaders and amplifying their brands voice, enabling them to engage directly with rail industry decision-makers responsible for building, shaping and delivering the rail industry of the future.