The UK Rail Industry - some essential knowledge ...

The UK rail industry has become increasingly complex post-privatisation, particularly on the national rail network:

National Rail Network

Network Rail is the owner and operator of the national rail network in the UK, and provides access to the rail network to train and freight operators. Network Rail’s two main activities, infrastructure maintenance and track renewal, are provided in-house and by a supply-chain of contractors and sub-contractors.

Train Operating Companies (TOCs) lease passenger trains from Rolling Stock Companies (ROSCOs). Passenger trains are maintained by heavy maintenance suppliers, who also maintain the freight trains and wagons owned by Freight Operating Companies.

Local Rail Networks

The remainder of the rail industry falls into these key areas:

  • Underground Rail (London Underground)
  • Light Rail including tramways
  • Other Rail including Channel Tunnel.

Link-up Engage

the UK's Rail Industry Supplier Registration & Qualification Scheme

Link-up Engage is the UK rail industry's supplier registration and qualification scheme. Used extensively by procurement, engineering, safety and quality professionals as well as organisations who need to comply with European Procurement Legislation and Railway Group Standards.

"Achilles Link-up is our community supporting the UK rail industry’s pre-qualification scheme. Achilles Link-up is recognised as best practise in qualifying suppliers, and is used extensively by buyer organisations to manage risk and comply with legislation. Achilles Link-up is governed by a RISQS (Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) Board compromising of cross-industry representation, and the RISQS Board members contribute to the development of the service" quoted from the Achilles Link-up webpage.

Achilles Link-up Engage Audit 

The Achilles Link-up Audit is currently undergoing a restructure which will take effect in January 2014. For more information on the Achilles Link-up Engage Audit, click on the Additional Services tab and please visit  Achilles Link-up Engage Audit Briefings, Webinars & Events.

For more information about becoming Link-up accredited click on the Link-up logo below:


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