Rail events in Stratford and Nuneaton put Rail Tech and Supply Chain in the Spotlight

Coventry & Warwickshire’s booming rail sector will be profiled at two events hosted by Warwickshire County Council at Nuneaton and Long Marston, near Stratford upon Avon in November.

Alongside its proud status as the home of Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda, the jet engine and games development cluster Silicon Spa, Coventry & Warwickshire is also a centre of excellence in the design and manufacture of rail and mass transit systems.

Investment in the rail sector across the UK has hit unprecedented levels in recent years and the Midlands is in the vanguard of that investment – from HS2 to Midlands Metro and Crossrail to reopened stations including Kenilworth and initiatives like the Digital Railway Strategy.

There is real momentum behind the region’s rail sector and this will drive Warwickshire County Council’s two events, part of the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival, this month.

On Wednesday November 21, Technology and Innovation in Rail will be in the spotlight at the Coventry & Warwickshire Rail Innovation Showcase (9.30-11.30am) at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Long Marston. Delegates will be able to learn more about this major UK rail test and development site and hear from local universities and technology companies about their work in rail.

Warwick Manufacturing Group will talk about their work in Very Light Rail and rail technology company Vivarail, a rolling stock manufacturing start-up based at Long Marston, will talk about their work in battery rail propulsion.

A week later, on Thursday November 29th the focus will be on promoting business support for the rail sector. Supply Train – Get On Track (7.30-9.30am) will be hosted at Eliot Park Innovation Centre, Nuneaton, and feature information about the business support available both for companies diversifying into rail and those which are already active but interested in finding out more.

Both events will include speakers from the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) on their work to support the rail supply chain. The events are supported by the BCRRE, Rail Industry Association (RIA), the Rail Alliance and Rail Forum Midlands.

Warwickshire County Council Assistant Director (Communities) Mark Ryder said: “We are delighted to be supporting these events and this important sector of the economy.

“Many local companies are already part of the growing ‘future mobility’ sector and the unprecedented government investment in rail presents a unique growth opportunity for local design, engineering, infrastructure and digital companies.”

Rachel Eade MBE, Business Development Manager at the BCRRE, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival to promote and identify opportunities in the rail sector. With BCRRE’s expertise and access to research facilities, we have a track record of working alongside businesses and SMEs to help them grow..”

The events are hosted in partnership with Warwickshire County Council as part of the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival, which runs from November 19th to 30th 2018.

To book places at any the events please visit:

Rail Innovation Showcase:


Get on Track – Rail Supply Chain