Europe’s leading rail cluster
Centred around Derby, the East Midlands is the rail capital of the UK and Europe’s densest rail cluster with an international reputation for excellence; the natural choice for GBR’s HQ.
Other potential locations may also have a long rail history, no other is still home to a diverse and highly innovative, competitive and forward-looking rail supply chain and talent pool – the ideal environment for GBR to drive its vision for a better railway.
The cluster has an estimated 600 companies linked to the rail sector and there are around 45,000 rail-related jobs across the East Midlands.
- Operators and regulators
East Midlands Railway, DB Cargo, Nottingham Trams, Network Rail and Rail Accident Investigation Branch
- Research and innovation
University of Derby (Rail Research & Innovation Centre), University of Nottingham (Resilience Engineering/Human Factors), Loughborough University (Control Systems), Network Rail’s Tuxford and Melton Mowbray Rail Innovation & Development Centres and Porterbrook’s Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre
- Digital and data
Resonate, Siemens, Hitachi, TrainFX
- Manufacturing, maintenance and testing
Balfour Beatty, Alstom, Sperry Rail, Railcare, Loram, AB Hoses
- Technical services
Serco, SNC Lavalin, DB ESG, ECSL, Ricardo, TXM Consulting
Porterbrook, Angel Trains