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Rail Forum East Midlands

Rail Forum East Midlands, formerly known as the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF), represents over 150 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy.

Formed in 1993 the DDRF was originally created to promote the area as a world class centre of rail excellence. Our members include infrastructure and rolling stock designers and consultancies, installers, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers to the industry. Today we work strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and our local LEPs as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

The Rail Forum brings together Midlands' rail businesses with national and regional government: Together we grow exports, encourage innovation and create skilled employees.

Paul Francis - Chair, Rail Forum East Midlands

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Latest News

Latest News

Announcement from Rail Forum Chair, Paul Francis
Jul18
Announcement from Rail Forum Chair, Paul Francis

“Some of you may be aware that I have announced my forthcoming retirement as CEO of Porterbrook Leasing.

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RFEM Member Garrandale Australian Expansion
Jul5
RFEM Member Garrandale Australian Expansion

Derby based Garrandale Group have successfully expanded into Australia following its completion of a contract with the country’s

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Crossrail Remains on Budget
Jul5
Crossrail Remains on Budget

Following the annual Crossrail update, the Department for Transport (DfT) has continued its positive outlook for the costings

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Rail Forum East Midlands

Date/Time Event
Sep 14, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm

Entry Talent Summit for Apprentices and Graduates
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

Oct 6, 2017
All Day

RFEM Annual Charity Golf Day
The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club, Nottingham

External events

Date/Time Event
Jul 26, 2017
9:30am - 12:00pm

DIT Slovenia: Rail Infrastructure Opportunities
Lonsdale House, Derby

Oct 5, 2017
9:30am - 4:30pm

RVE 2017
Derby Arena, Derby

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Our Members

RFEM represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world. Our region has an international reputation for excellence in rail engineering, design, manufacture and consultancy.

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