Railtex 2021

Joining forces to shape the future of UK rail

7 - 9 September 2021 | NEC, Birmingham

Infrarail 2021

Safety at the Event

A message from the Railtex/Infrarail Portfolio Director

“Railtex and Infrarail are a catalyst. Where conversations start and where new opportunities for growth and recovery begin.

Mack Brooks Exhibitions is the organiser of Railtex/Infrarail and part of Reed Exhibitions who run over 400 global events. Reed Exhibitions has worked tirelessly with our industry peers to create a safe working standard called “Events in the New Normal” for holding events in a COVID-impacted world.

We understand how vital Railtex and Infrarail are to the lives and businesses in the rail industry we serve. We will continue to go above and beyond to ensure we deliver an event that is both safe but also hugely valuable and energising for our participants. After eighteen long months without an event of this stature, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to fortify and grow your organisation.”

Olaf Freier

Olaf Freier
Railtex/Infrarail Portfolio Director

Events in the New Normal

We want you to be safe at Railtex / Infrarail!
Learn more about our framework to establish a robust programme of measures to support the health and safety of all our attendees.

Download the New Normal Guide

Stay Safe Guidelines

Information for anyone who will be present at the event. Learn about our increased hygiene measures, social distancing management and medical safeguarding.

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COVID Status

All attendees will now need to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 status for entry to the event. This will need to be one of the following:

  • Proof of completion of a full course of vaccination two weeks prior to arrival
  • Proof of a negative lateral Flow Test or PCR result taken within 48hrs of arrival
  • Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period


You will  need to present a text, email or pass to verify your COVID status upon arrival (or alternative recognised proof). For further details on COVID passes please visit the NHS COVID Pass page. Attendees will also be asked to check-in each day via the venue NHS Test & Trace QR code.

For more information please refer to the Venue Protect FAQs.

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Inbound Travel Advice

Please ensure you have taken the time to read all of the latest Government, Public Health, travel and testing guidance. You can find these here

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Please make sure you register before attending and bring your QR code with you to obtain your badge on site. 

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Plan ahead

Use our planning tools to plan your visit before you arrive at the venue. Knowing what you are going to do and where to go will contribute to your safe and productive attendance. Also plan how to get to and from the venue by checking any relevant travel advice or restrictions.

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Stay home if you are unwell

All guests are encouraged to check you are feeling well before attending our event. Please ensure that you are in good health, with no fever or other symptoms related to COVID-19, before travelling to the venue.

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On arrival

You will need to present a text, email or pass to verify your COVID status (or alternative recognised proof). Attendees will also be asked to check-in each day via the venue NHS Test & Trace QR code. Once in the venue, please have your badge registration QR Code ready to scan at the terminals located in front of the hall entrances to the exhibition, either on your smartphone or printed to obtain your badge.

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Face Coverings

We will be a mask friendly event. Although it is no longer mandatory to wear face coverings we do recommend attendees and visitors to consider wearing masks, especially when in enclosed or crowded spaces. Please remember that if you travel to the venue using public transport you will be required to wear a face covering. We also reserve the right to require masks in certain areas of the show if required. This will be announced closer to the event. 

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Hand sanitiser will be readily available throughout the venue. Please continue to follow guidance and wash your hands frequently.

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Be kind

Please be mindful of individuals personal space, everyone will have their own unique levels of comfort as we return to events. Please give people space when you are walking past them and check before initiating personal contact (consider elbow bumps rather than handshakes or hugs).

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Ventilation will be increased, improving fresh air circulation in line with the latest guidance.

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We will maintain the highest standards of cleaning before, during and after the event, including frequent cleaning of all regularly touched surfaces.

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Food and beverage

All catering facilities will be open but in line with the latest government guidance. Cashless payments are encouraged. 

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Exhibitor stands

Exhibitors are reviewing stand designs to avoid enclosed meeting areas and create more open, ventilated space.

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Exhibit safe

Exhibiting at Railtex / Infrarail may look a little different this year, but it will continue to be the place where ideas spark and new opportunities begin. Click here for information for exhibitors at the event. Learn about what you’ll need to prepare in advance, onsite precautions and improved stand-build procedures.

Exhibitor guidelines

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COVID-19 Safety & Security

Your safety and security is our priority. For the health and wellbeing of all attendees the following additional measures must be observed.

Learn more

Responding effectively to COVID-19 is a shared responsibility. We must all adopt new practices, respect each other, and follow science-based guidelines to safeguard ourselves and others. Let’s work together to overcome the challenges, bring people together and get businesses growing again.

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Hugh Jones
CEO, Reed Exhibitions

What is the venue doing for your safety?

Our venue, the NEC in Birmingham, has taken a lot of key measures to create a safe and controlled environment for events to take place so we can meet there safely in September.

If you like to learn more, watch the video and take a look at the NEC website or download the NEC Venue protect brochure.

Go to the NEC website

Download the NEC Venue Protect brochure