Memberships explained

There are three levels of membership to the Rail Delivery Group.

Full membership

Network Rail remains a Full Member of the RDG for so long as it holds a Network Licence under the Railways Act.

Any other organisation that, either on its own or due to one or more parts of its business Group, appears to the RDG Directors to be likely to generate a turnover in excess of the 'Prescribed Amount' from its passenger rail or rail freight operations on Network Rail’s infrastructure in Great Britain (the 'Turnover Criterion') in the next 'railway year' can apply to become a Full Member of the RDG.

Where more than one organisation within the same business Group appears to be entitled to apply for Membership of the RDG, only the body that appears to the RDG Directors to be exercising leadership of that Group’s passenger rail activities is entitled to apply to become a Full Member.

To become a Member of the RDG, the applicant must complete an application for Membership in a form approved by the Directors from time to time, and the Directors approve that application. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Full membership is not transferable. A Member’s membership of the RDG ceases if the RDG Directors decide that the Member no longer fulfils the Turnover Criterion. The Secretary shall inform the Member of the directors’ decision in writing.

The RDG Articles of Association describes the membership criteria and benefits further, within a legal framework (Sections 28 to 31).

Licensed membership

Any organisation that holds a Railway Licence (to run passenger or freight services) can apply to become a Licensed Member of the RDG. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Licensed membership is not transferable. If a Licenced Member ceases to be the holder of a Railway Licence, they also cease to be a Licensed Member of the RDG.

Although it doesn't give the same rights as being a full member of the RDG, a Licensed Member is entitled to:

  • contribute to the work carried out by the RDG;
  • attend our annual conference; and
  • receive a copy of the annual report.

The RDG Articles of Association describes the membership criteria and benefits further, within a legal framework (Section 32).

Associate membership

Any organisation that reasonably considers it is likely to be able to make a material contribution to the achievement of the RDG’s objectives can apply to become an Associate Member. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Associate membership is not transferable. Associate Members can terminate their membership by giving 14 days written notice to the RDG. Equally, if the RDG Directors consider that the Associate Member is no longer able to make a useful contribution to the RDG, they can revoke the membership by giving 14 days written notice to the Associate Member.

Although it doesn't give the same rights as being a full member of the RDG, an Associate Member is entitled to:

  • contribute to the work carried out by the RDG;
  • attend our annual conference; and
  • receive a copy of the annual report.

The RDG Articles of Association describes the membership criteria and benefits further, within a legal framework (Section 33).

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