BCRRE Rail Alliance

What is the BCRRE?

BCRRE is the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, developing world-leading new technologies alongside renowned higher education programmes. The BCRRE is part of the UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and lead the Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems. In 2018, we joined forced with BCRRE to combine resources and expertise and further strengthen our offer to the industry as a whole.

What is our mission?

These are exciting times for railways. Society relies on railway systems more than ever before: they have become integral to how people live and economies grow in the 21st Century. With increased demands and expectations come new opportunities and challenges for the supply chain.

We enable industry to prosper. Through collaboration and innovation, and our relationships with end users, our agile and entrepreneurial experts will offer the supply chain full service solutions across technology readiness levels.

Our Story

As the rail sector’s largest dedicated B2B networking organisation, the Rail Alliance is all about bringing customers, suppliers and supply chain opportunities together. It is a membership organisation that sits at the very heart of the rail supply chain. Born out of the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS – established in the West Midlands in 1996), the Rail Alliance has evolved as a leading representative of the UK rail supply chain community.

Its broad spectrum of membership extends way beyond rail and positions the Rail Alliance as the go-to membership organisation for Business-to-Business diversity, ingenuity and innovation.

 

Working together
The resurgence of the rail industry, through huge investment in projects such as Crossrail, Thameslink and the East West Rail Alliance, has necessitated broader thinking and accountability from its working partnerships. With the unprecedented opportunity of HS2 imminent, changing philosophies are central to the delivery of a world-leading railway. In collaboration with business communities external to rail (such as automotive and aerospace) and productive dialogue with a wide spectrum of companies at home and abroad, the Rail Alliance is perfectly aligned with the UK’s Rail Sector Strategy and uniquely positioned to foster relationships that will engage and deliver against its challenges.