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.