The Future of Scotland's Railways
Join the Rail Cluster for free to be part of the growing network of SMEs, rail manufacturers and contractors bringing jobs and investment to Scotland by creating more environmentally friendly train and track solutions.
Leading the World in Net Zero Emissions Railways
Work is underway to make Scotland a world leader in net zero emissions railways. The Rail Cluster is connecting Scottish SMEs with the country’s top manufacturing innovators and supply chain partners, so you can bring new ideas and new thinking to help deliver the decarbonisation of Scotland’s rail.
Through the Rail Cluster Hub – our online forum – you can see the latest contract opportunities and communicate directly with the rail companies that are developing this new future for Scotland’s rail.
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Join close to 800 companies contributing to the future of Scotland's railways
Businesses across Scotland who have the skills and knowledge to help create sustainable, local employment and economic benefit to Scotland by creating more environmentally friendly train and track solutions.
The Rail Cluster network is made up of
- Train operators
- Freight operators
- Rolling stock manufacturers
- The infrastructure owners
- Academics and research centres
Through the Rail Cluster Hub – our online forum – you can see the latest opportunities and communicate directly with the SMEs and rail companies delivering a new future for Scotland’s rail.
By bringing your expertise to the table, you can help shape the next generation of railways in Scotland and secure long-term business opportunities for your company.
The Rail Cluster delivered by
Scottish Engineering, the premier membership organisation for Scotland's businesses.
We provide our members with invaluable access to professional services, such as health & safety, legal services as well as access to policymakers on local, national and international levels.
The continuous updates on employment law and economic data ensure our members are up to date with what is happening within industry. Our broad and diverse range of members creates a sense of community, where companies can rely on the advice and support of their peers within industry to create solutions to common challenges and share their best practice solutions.
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Our continued involvement allows us to help companies seeking to diversify their business into rail, matching their interest in sustainable business streams which will flow from the clearly defined targets for rail de-carbonisation in Scotland and the UK.
In 2020 the Scottish Government launched our Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan which sets out in detail how we will decarbonise Scotland’s rail services by 2035 and contribute towards our commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. We have binding targets set in law to reduce emissions and meeting these targets requires ambitious actions and doing things differently.
Working together with partners to deliver innovative ideas and solutions will advance our path to a low carbon economy. This will not only help to deliver sustainable economic growth but also secure wider benefits to a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland.
The Cluster Builder is already helping ensure Scottish companies will be ready to benefit from worldwide growth in the low carbon rail sector and this second phase will connect even more Scottish businesses with the country’s top manufacturing innovators, as well as connecting up supply chain partners.
This means real opportunities for SMEs in Scotland, as well as contributing to our ambitions for more and better jobs and a green economic recovery. I’m really excited to see how much more will be delivered in phase two.
And while we will retain the elements that have delivered a successful cluster to date, we look forward to bringing new ideas and innovation to the way we deliver, including an outward view to the rail opportunities across the UK, Europe and beyond.
Not only will it help create high-value jobs, it’s a key part of our journey to net zero, and SDS will work as part of Team Scotland to help ensure it provides the skills needed to decarbonise our rail network.