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Events

The list below includes free or low-price events for volunteers such as Railfuture members, as well as expensive conferences organised by professionals. Inclusion in the list does not imply that Railfuture endorses the event.

We have also included information about official consultations, franchising dates, and service alterations for some railway improvement projects. It is not an exhaustive list.

More details about Railfuture's own conferences are here: Railfuture conferences

2017


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See latest Rail Franchise Schedule, July 2017.
South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to the short-listed bidders. See also Prospectus.
West Coast Partnership new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to the short-listed bidders.

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Major improvement works in 2017. Why do it at weekends and over bank holidays? Mind how you go, or you'll NOT enjoy your 'trip': watch THIS!
Until Christmas, PLAN AHEAD for the 2017/18 festive season; 95% of the network unaffected by Railway Upgrade Plan works. Are you ready, Birmingham? Significant Southampton service alterations for £8million renewal project. Passengers in the North West to benefit.

until autumn 2017 - Great North Rail Project: Manchester - with October update and 85 seconds VIEW FROM THE CAB. Finally, WATCH completion!
until autumn 2017 - works at Filton Abbey Wood station affecting access between car park and platforms.
until December 2017 - works to install new step-free footbridge at West Calder station. See November update.
21 October until December 2017 - overhead wire renewal and other works at London end of Great Eastern Main Line.
until early-2018 - Edinburgh Waverley has fewer platforms while three extended and charities are kept in the picture.
11 November-28 January 2018 - Great North Rail Project: Preston and both Blackpool stations - train services suspended, road transport substitutes. The Countdown has begun. Now just one week to go! Only hours left before Blackpool's railway revolution! Watch works commence. Revolution on track.
11 November-25 March 2018 - train service alterations during Preston-Blackpool upgrade works.
18 November 2017 to 14 January 2018 - Gospel Oak-Barking London Overground services suspended. Watch the VIDEO marking 8 months' work.
29 January-25 March 2018 - Great North Rail Project continues between Blackpool North and Kirkham and Wesham with train service suspended, road transport substitutes.
22 July 2018 to 7 October 2018 - Derby station track and signalling enhancements go-ahead, and Derby resignalling project.

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~ ORR issued February 2017 advice to DfT on HLOS and SoFA for Control Period 6 2019-24 (CP6).
~ ORR issued February 2017 guidance to Network Rail on strategic business plans (SBPs) company will produce for CP6 in December 2017.
~ Rail Delivery Group published Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to Scottish government and ORR.
~ ORR published April 2017 advice to Transport Scotland on maintenance and renewals expenditure in CP6.
~ ORR published June 2017 conclusions notes on working papers on the outputs framework (WP4) and a close-out report on the enhancements framework (WP5).
~ ORR updates guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans, following the July 2017 HLOS, and October 2017 final SoFA (if necessary).
~ ORR published July 2017 letters to DfT and to Transport Scotland outlining next steps on the HLOS and SoFA process.
~ DfT published July 2017 Guidance to the ORR.
~ ORR issued July 2017 consultation on overall framework for regulating Network Rail - closed 21 September.
~ ORR issued July 2017 Supplementary guidance on Network Rail’s strategic business plan and planning assumptions for England & Wales for CP6.
~ ORR publishes consultation relating to charges and contractual incentives, closing 30 November, following June's conclusions from December 2016's consultation.
~ DfT published final SoFA for CP6 2019-24; Network Rail's response.
~ ORR due to publish in October an update document following the January 2017 consultation on the financial framework for PR18.
~ More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017 and Network Rail responses to PR18.

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18 November 2017. Saturday. Public information drop-in event for Bedford residents about route electrification works. Venue: Harpur Shopping Centre. 09.00-17.00. More info: Bedford

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18 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Lincolnshire committee meeting at St Swithin's Community Centre, Baggholme Road, Lincoln LN2 5AX. 10.45. More info: RfL

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18 November 2017. Saturday. Guest speaker Graham Ellis of TransWilts Community Rail Partnership at Railfuture Severnside meeting at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath BA1 1JW. 14.00. More info: RfS

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18 November 2017-14 January 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Gospel Oak-Barking London Overground services suspended. More info: GOBLIN.

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19 November 2017. Sunday. 10th anniversary of the start of services at Ebbsfleet International.

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20 November 2017. Monday. South Western Railway, the master-plan and its challenges. Guest speaker: Andy Mellors, MD SWR. Venue: LUL HQ, 55 Broadway, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.45-20.00. More info on this IRO South East area event: IRO

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20 November 2017. Monday. The Association of Railway Executives. Guest speaker: Chris Gibb. 18.30-22.00. More info: CILT

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20 November 2017. Monday. Open meeting and AGM. Venue: The Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire, AL2 3PJ. 19.30-21.30. More info: ABFLY

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20 November 2017. Monday. The Story of Freightliner. Speaker: Peter Graham, Rail Strategy Manager, Freightliner. Venue: The Maudslay Hotel, 190 Allesley Old Road, Coventry CV5 8GJ. 19.30. Donation of £3 requested from non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West Midlands branch event: RCTS

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20 November 2017. Monday. Wensleydale Railway meeting in Northallerton. Phil Kirkland (Nexus) on East African Railways and the standard gauge project. Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton, DL7 8SN. 19.30. More info: WR

21 November 2017. Tuesday. Close of consultation on South Downs National Park Local Plan.

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. 2nd annual Rolling Stock Procurement Forum. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-17.05. More info: WF

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Public exhibition for stage 2 consultation on reopening Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest phase 1. Venue: Trinity Anglican Primary School (Community Hall), Marjoram Way, Portishead BS20 7JF. 13.30-19.30. More info: Portishead.

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Sustainable Transport in Gloucestershire - The Thinktravel Legacy. Speaker: Jon Harris, Managing Director Harris Ethical Ltd and Co Director Communities Connected CIC. Venue: Regus Business Centre, North Warehouse, Gloucester, GL1 2FB. 17.00 for 17.15 start, to 19.00. Booking required for this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. RSSB Standards Changes - RGS to RIS. Speaker from RSSB. Venue: WSP Offices, 7th Floor, 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Glasgow section meeting: PWI

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. The Regional Transport Strategy - where next?. Guest speaker: Derick Murray, Director, North East of Scotland Transport Partnership. Venue: Committee Room 5, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Four Tracks to Micklefield? Venue: The Pullman Room, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 4AE. 18.00-19.45. More about this Permanent Way Institution, West Yorkshire section meeting: PWI

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. A Strategic Transport Plan for the North - TfN Update. Guest speaker: Robin Miller-Stott MILT, Senior Policy & Strategy Officer, Transport for the North. Venue: Robert Walters, 9th floor, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3HF. 18.30-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Railway Infrastructure Asset Management: get it right - get it wrong. Guest speaker: John Dolan FCILT, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Rail. Venue: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology lecture: Signalling and Controlling the DLR. Venue: Novotel, Hammersmith, London, W6 8DR. 19.15-21.30. More info: IET

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. NCRUG committee meeting. Visitors are welcome but please advise the Secretary in advance of attending. Venue: Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN. 19.30. More info: NCRUG.

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21-22 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Caspian and Central Asia Rail at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers Azerbaijan, Baku. More info: CCAR

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21-22 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. East Africa Rail in Nairobi. More info: ESR

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Close of consultation on two new London Overground stations at Old Oak Common.

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Autumn Budget. More info: Budget Day.

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Third phase of consultation on 2018 timetable changes begins. More info: GTR2018

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Community Rail Partnership and Station Adopters’ Seminar. Venue: Fujitsu Services, 22 Baker Street, London, W1U 3BW. More info: ACoRP

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology lecture: Construction of the Channel Tunnel. Venue: The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RP. 10.00-12.00. More info: IET

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Public consultation event for Future of Community Rail Strategy. Venue: Fujitsu Services, 22 Baker Street, London, W1U 3BW. 11.15-12.45. Registration required. See also CR stations.

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Public exhibition for stage 2 consultation on reopening Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest phase 1. Venue: Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Road, Bristol BS3 2EJ. 12.30-19.30. More info: Portishead.

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. IET - Intercity Express Trains. Guest speaker: Andy Penrose, GWR IET Train Service Delivery Manager. Venue: University of West of England, Fenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY. 18.30-20.00. More info: IMechE

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Close at 23.45 of consultation on draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan.

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees hold their first evidence session for the joint inquiry into improving air quality. 09.45. Venue: The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. More info: HoC

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Wensleydale Railway Scotland branch AGM at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. Speaker: Paul Tetlaw. More info: WR

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Public exhibition for stage 2 consultation on reopening Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest phase 1. Venue: Long Ashton Community Centre, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton BS41 9DP. 15.30-19.30. More info: Portishead.

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Blackpool Trams. Guest speaker: Bryan Lindop, Head of Heritage, Blackpool Transport Services. Venue: Blackpool Transport Services, Rigby Road, Blackpool, FY1 5DD. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch open meeting. Guest speaker: Tom Pierpoint, Regional Development Manager, GWR. Venue: New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading, RG1 8DU 18.30 for 19.00 start. More info: RfTV

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23 November 2017. Thursday. 19th Annual Dinner. Venue: Café Rouge, 77 Kingsway, Holborn, London, WC2B 6ST. 18.45-23.30. More info: TPS

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Launch of Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar's new book Railways and the Raj - how the age of steam transformed India at House of VANS, 228-232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW. 19.00-21.30. Admission £16.50 to raise funds for the Railway Children. More info: book

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24 November 2017. Friday. The annual Golden Spanners Awards, 2017 with Railfuture Vice-President Roger Ford. The Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA. More info: 4FC-GSA

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24 November 2017. Friday. Forth Bridge visit – Taking the railway to new heights. Venue: Forth Bridge, Battery Road, North Queensferry, KY11 1JU. 09.45-11.15. More on this IRO Scotland area event: IRO

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24 November 2017. Friday. Public exhibition for stage 2 consultation on reopening Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest phase 1. Venue: Community Centre, Church Place, Pill BS20 0AE. 12.30-19.30. More info: Portishead.

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25-26 November 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall C08 in Hall 5 at National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: NEC

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Branch afternoon open meeting, with Chris Austin OBE. Venue: Crediton, Devon. More info: RfD&C
Buy the books he has co-authored with Lord Faulkner, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop.

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Christmas Comet Carlisle-York Christmas excursion train. More info: CC

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds Division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-12.45. More info: Herts and Beds.

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27 November 2017. Monday. Institution of Engineering and Technology lecture: The History of Women in Engineering in the UK. Venue: The IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. 09.30-17.00. More info: IET

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27 November 2017. Monday. 21st century train maintenance: the Thameslink way. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 17.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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27 November 2017. Monday. Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain's Rail Policy. Speaker: Chris Austin OBE. Venue: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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27 November - 1 December 2017. Monday-Friday. Exhibition on reopening rail to Portishead. Citizen Service Point, Bristol City Council, 100 Temple Street, Bristol BS1 6HT. 09.00-17.00. More info: Portishead.

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Community Rail Partnership and Station Adopters’ Seminar. Venue: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ. More info: ACoRP

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. The Future of Rail - Investing and innovating: growing a 21st century railway. Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, London. POSTPONED TO 15 MARCH 2018. More info: MF

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Priorities for developing the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WBF

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Next steps for low carbon road transport: innovation, EVs and transition strategies. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Public consultation event for Future of Community Rail Strategy. Venue: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ. 11.15-12.45. Registration required. See also CR stations.

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Public information drop-in event for Dunblane residents about electrification works. Venue: Dunblane Centre, Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EY. 16.00-19.00. More info Dunblane

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Getting on/off trains at stations. Speaker: Professor Nick Tyler. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. The Regional Railways Story. Speaker: Alex Green. Venue: The New Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, East Midlands branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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29-30 November 2017. Wednesday-Thursday. IARO Workshop. Frankfurt. More info: IARO

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29 November 2017. Wednesday. Meeting of Melksham Rail User Group, winner of Railfuture's Gold Award for Best Campaign in 2017 Rail User Group Awards. Venue: Whitley Methodist Chapel, 177 Top Lane, Whitley, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 8QU. 19.30. More info: MRUG

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30 November 2017. Thursday. Close of consultation on Changes to charges and contractual incentives - charges recovering fixed network costs

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30 November 2017. Thursday. North of England Transport Summit. Venue: Royal Armouries, Armouries Dr, Leeds, LS10 1LT. 08.30 for 09.30 start, to 16.45. More info: NoETS

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Cross Country new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Start of services between London and Amsterdam, via Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Schiphol Airport?

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1 December 2017. Friday. Station usage estimates for 2016/17 published. More info: ORR

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1 December 2017. Friday. Close of consultation on transforming transport in Scotland. Submit your ideas: here.

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1 December 2017. Friday. Western and Wales end of year celebration. Venue: Yurt Lush, Clock Tower Yard, Bristol. 18.30-23.30. More info: YRP

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2 December 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch stall at Oxford Green Fair. Venue: Town Hall, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. 11.00-16.00. More info: RfTV

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2 December 2017. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia branch open meeting. Guest speaker: Will Gallagher of East West Rail. Venue: Tamburlaine Hotel, 27-29 Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2FB. 14.00. More info: RfEA

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4 December 2017. Monday. Close of stage 2 consultation on re-opening Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest phase 1.

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4 December 2017. Monday. Crossrail 2. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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4 December 2017. Monday. ECML Power Upgrade – The Hidden Project. Guest speaker: Rod Moorcroft, Project Director, Network Rail. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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4 December 2017. Monday. Growing Railfreight - The Tarmac Experience. Guest speaker: Chris Swan CMILT, Head of Rail, Tarmac. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, OverSeas House, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

5 December 2017. Tuesday. Close of consultation on the future of smart ticketing in Scotland.

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5 December 2017. Tuesday. Human factors in transport automation. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-17.00. More info: IMechE

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5 December 2017. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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5 December 2017. Tuesday. CfBT London Group. Venue: 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT

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5 December 2017. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology lecture: Re-signalling The Cambrian Railway. Venue: Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology, London Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6PR. 19.00-21.00. More info: IET

5 December 2017. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. Publication date for December issue of Railwatch, no.154. More info: Railwatch

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. TRA Christmas Social. More info: Tarka

6-7 December 2017. Wednesday-Thursday. Rolling Stock Maintenance conference. London. More info: RSM

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. London & South East annual holiday party 2017. Venue: Doggett’s Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London. 18.00-23.30. More info: YRP

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. Intermodal movements of Rail Products. Guest speaker: David Cross - Sector Head Intermodal - DB Cargo UK Ltd. Venue: Oastler Building Room OA7/31, Huddersfield University, Huddersfield. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. Public Transport Orientated Development. Guest speakers: Matthew Arnold, Commercial Director Stagecoach South East, and Paul Lulham, Associate Director, DHA Consultancy. Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT and TPS

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q2 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Developing the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor: infrastructure, governance and economic growth. Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WSPF

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships AGM. Venue: The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX. 13.45 for 14.00 start, to 16.30. More info: ACoRP

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7 December 2017. Thursday. The Many Interfaces of the Railway. Speaker from RSSB. Venue: Network Rail Rooms 0.1 & 0.2, George Stephenson House, 1 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, York section meeting: PWI

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 December 2017. Friday. Network Rail publishes its strategic business plans. Stakeholders are invited to comment on them to inform ORR scrutiny. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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9 December 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Royal Naval Club, Market Street, Aberystwyth. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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9 December 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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10 December 2017. Sunday. London Midland Direct Award ends (after additional 'reporting periods' extension); new West Midlands franchise commences.

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10 December 2017. Sunday. Closure of Norton Bridge station.

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11 December 2017. Monday. Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway. Venue: STEAM Museum - Swindon, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2TA. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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11 December 2017. Monday. Young members' Christmas technical forum. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 17.30-21.00. More info: IMechE

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11 December 2017. Monday. BT Police - their role and operations in East Anglia. Speaker: Nia Mellor, Station Commander BTP Colchester. Venue: The Bourne Vale Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE. 19.15. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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11 December 2017. Monday. Christmas social evening meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at The Star Inn, Normans Bay, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 6QG. (nearest station Normans Bay). More info: BRAG

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Key issues for the UK construction industry - skills, innovation, and the Industrial Strategy. Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WBF

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Speeding across the Pennines. Guest speaker: Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director, TransPennine Express. Venue: Winmarleigh House, Winmarleigh Street, Warrington, WA1 1NB. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. West Midlands Christmas party. Venue: The Cosy Club, Bennet's Hill, Birmingham. 18.30-22.00. More info: YRP

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group, winner of a Railfuture Commendation for Best Campaign in 2017 Rail User Group Awards. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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13 December 2017. Wednesday. Glasgow Underground. Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX. 17.30-19.30. More info: IMechE.

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13 December 2017. Wednesday. Modernising the railway. Guest speaker: Paul Plummer, CEO of Rail Delivery Group. More info: RSA

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14 December 2017. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q2 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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14 December 2017. Thursday. Developing a transport strategy for the Midlands: devolution, infrastructure and local growth. Venue: Birmingham. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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14 December 2017. Thursday. Next steps for regional development and the creative industries in the UK. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WMF

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18 December 2017. Monday. The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Venue: The "Town Crier", Station Road/City Road, Chester CH1 3AE. 19.30. Donation £2 requested from non-members. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside Chester & North Wales branch event: RCTS

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19 December 2017. Tuesday. Close of consultation on revised draft Airports National Policy Statement.

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19 December 2017. Tuesday. The Digital Railway: improving performance and increasing capacity. Speaker: Ian Rashbrook, Network Rail. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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20 December 2017. Wednesday. Third phase of consultation on 2018 timetable changes ends. More info: GTR2018

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21 December 2017. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q2 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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22 December 2017. Friday. Close of consultation on December 2018 timetable.

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22 December 2017-2 January 2018. Friday to Tuesday. During this schools Christmas/New Year holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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22 December 2017-2 January 2018. Friday to Tuesday. Life-saving interventions, in the North West and West Midlands, in the Thames Valley, across East Anglia, in the South West and the South East, and in Wales.
Trespass warning issued to children for holidays, advice to parents about children's safe use of level crossings, WARNING to parents after crossing abuse, kids identify risks VIDEO, and winner of nationwide schools poster competition is a 9-year-old. Watch the South East VIDEO, the Anglia VIDEO, or the Manchester VIDEO. See new mobile warning systems in Scotland. It's just not cool to be a near Miss, and this guy's on a roll - but not in a good way: VIDEO. Nine times "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!" Even a Sussex school minibus driver sets a bad example, while an Essex schoolgirl draws up a safety lesson, yet Hertfordshire school children dance with death danger.
One more safer level crossing, another upgraded, one has had gates repaired after vehicle damage, one has new barriers while another has new warning systems, and another has safety proposals revised, but one has had to be closed temporarily after safety measures were ignored, and another had to be CLOSED after a near-miss but has now re-opened, under caution. In Wales, two new bridges enable eight level crossings to be closed. On Brighton Main Line, footbridge to replace footpath level crossing. In Scotland, a new footbridge replaces a level crossing, and after a fatality an open crossing becomes a half-barrier crossing, for eventual replacement by a bridge. In North Yorkshire a farm crossing is closed after a fatality so be S.A.F.E.R. especially on user-worked crossings. Watch Anguish in Angmering VIDEO. By George, Formby! Losing your Fisherman's friend? Safety improvements on A897 to Forsinard level crossing.
Dying to get home? Don't kill yourself for it.
And finally, if you're travelling with luggage you will NOT want to 'enjoy your trip' this way! Watch the VIDEO.

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22 December 2017-5 January 2018. Friday-Friday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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23 December 2017-1 January 2018. Saturday-Monday. Alterations to services during Railway Upgrade Plan works, BUT 95% of the network unaffected!
Scotland to see £15million of upgrades. Significant Southampton service alterations for £8million renewal project.

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31 December 2017. Sunday. Close of consultation on 'Developing a more sustainable future for Island Line'.

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January


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Services between Brighton and Bedford re-introduced on a phased basis via London Bridge. Timetable structure north and south largely unaltered at this stage. Likely to be some changes to Southeastern and Kent Thameslink services too.

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ORR publishes conclusions following July 2017 consultation on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and national
system operator (NSO), including incentives and NSO outputs.

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2 January 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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3 January 2018. Wednesday. Red for Danger: An Old Railwayman's View of the Current UK Rail Network Safety Performance. Venue: Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.00 for 17.45 start, to 19.45. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Thames Valley section meeting: PWI and IMechE

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3 January 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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4 January 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 January 2018. Monday. Acton dive-under. Venue: 10th Floor, London Underground, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, London section meeting: PWI

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8 January 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. The Ordsall Chord Improvement. Venue: Royal Station Hotel, Market Street, Carnforth, LA5 9BT. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Lancaster, Barrow & Carlisle Section meeting: PWI

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. HS2 Preparations for transport in connection with HS2 Stage 1. Guest speaker: Neil Cox, Transport Manager – Compliance & Environmental, HS2 Ltd. Venue: AECOM office, Exchange Court, 1 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2ET. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. Pendolino – the journey continues. Venue: Alstom Transport Training Academy, Halton Fields, Widnes, WA8 8NH. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. Rail-Based Logistics - The Future. Guest speaker: Julian Worth, Director, Transworth Rail and Chair, CILT Rail Freight Forum. Venue: Sussex Downs College, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. The Harwich branch. Venue: The Swifts, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5HD. 19.30. Non-members welcome. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Cambridge branch event: RCTS

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10 January 2018. Wednesday. Electrostar - past, present and future. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-20.00. More info: IMechE

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10 January 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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11 January 2018. Thursday. Next steps for intelligent mobility and developing a smart transport system. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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11 January 2018. Thursday. Mail Rail: London Post Office Railway. Speaker: Alasdair Stewart. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section meeting: PWI

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15 January 2018. Monday. Wensleydale Railway meeting in Northallerton. Managing the National Collection of Rail Vehicles, Anthony Coulls, National Railway Museum. Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton DL7 8SN. 19.30. More info: WR

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16 January 2018. Tuesday. 3rd annual Transport-Led Development in London and the South East. Venue: Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4ES. 08.45-16.45. More info: WF and CILT

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16 January 2018. Tuesday. What Operators need to know about ERTMS. Guest speaker: David Bishop, Business Manager, Intelligent Rail, Ricardo Rail. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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16 January 2018. Tuesday. London Bridge Station Redevelopment. Guest speaker: Chris Denham, Media Relations Manager, Network Rail South East Route. Venue: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 January 2018. Wednesday. Railwatch editorial meeting in Doncaster. More info: Railwatch

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17 January 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Rising Sun, Pound Lane End, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DU. More info: Tarka

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18 January 2018. Thursday. Publication of Mayor of London's Transport Strategy.

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18 January 2018. Thursday. Supporting Rolling Stock Developments in Scotland. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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18 January 2018. Thursday. Young achiever presentation. Venue: Manchester. 17.30-19.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Manchester & Liverpool Section meeting: PWI

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19-28 January 2018. Friday-Sunday. Big Burns Supper Dumfries 2018 including cabaret, comedy, music and poetry. Supported by South West Scotland CRP. Dumfries station is 0.8 miles from the venue. More info: SWSCRP

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22 January 2018. Monday. HST - why a success?. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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23 January 2018. Tuesday. Close of consultation on County Council's Local Transport Plan - LTP4.

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23 January 2018. Tuesday. CfBT London Group. Venue: 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT

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23 January 2018. Tuesday. The Thameslink Programme - London Bridge Redevelopment. Speaker: James Elford. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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24 January 2018. Wednesday. Crossrail, Moving London Forward. Speaker: Patrick Griffin. Venue: Council Meeting Room 2, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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26 January 2018. Friday. The annual Golden Whistles Awards. Venue: London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP. More info: 4FC-GWA

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26 January 2018. Friday. Railways around London and the South East - a contemporary look. Venue: Fulwood Lawn Tennis Club, Highgate Avenue (off A6 Garstang Road), Preston, PR2 8DY. 19.30. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Lancashire & North West branch event at which non-members (£2 donation requested) are also welcome: RCTS

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28 January 2018. Close at 23.45 of consultation on Future of Community Rail Strategy. More info: CR stations

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29 January-25 March 2018. Monday-Sunday. Great North Rail Project continues between Blackpool North and Kirkham and Wesham with train service suspended, road transport substitutes.

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30 January 2018. Tuesday. The UK tourism industry post-Brexit - skills, investment and the Industrial Strategy. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WMF

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30 January 2018. Tuesday. Transport Ticketing in Scotland - The Future.. Guest speakers include: Alex Stewart, ‎Director EMEA, ByteToken. Venue: Aberdeen. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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30 January 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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31 January 2018. Wednesday. 1st annual Attracting third-party investment into the UK rail sector. Venue: Dentons, 1 Fleet Place, City of London, EC4M 7RA. 08.45-16.15. More info: WF and CILT

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West Coast Partnership new franchise - the short-listed bidders to submit Best And Final Offers.

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1 February 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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1 February 2018. Thursday. Dover Shakespeare Seawall Reinstatement Works. Venue: Upstairs Function Room, The Scots Guards Club, 2 Clifton Terrace, Opposite Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, EH12. 18.00-20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Edinburgh section meeting: PWI

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1 February 2018. Thursday. YRP Scotland and HYPED - the Edinburgh Hyperloop story. Venue: Edinburgh. 18.30-21.30. More info: YRP

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2 February 2018. Friday. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Venue: Station Hotel, Carnforth, opposite the railway station. 19.30. Donations requested, £4 for non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Furness, Lakes & Lune branch event: RCTS

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5 February 2018. Monday. The Life and Times of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Speaker: Philip Benham, NYMR Network Operations Advisor. Venue: Christ Church Community Hall, Burney Lane, Ward End, Birmingham B8 2AS. 14.00. Donation of £3 requested from non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West Midlands branch event: RCTS

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5 February 2018. Monday. High Voltage 'Roofline' System. Venue: STEAM Museum, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2TA. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. 10th anniversary of re-opening Ebbw Vale line, and Ebbw Vale Parkway, Newbridge, Risca & Pontymister, and Rogerstone stations, to passengers.

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Can Public Transport be Made Fully Accessible?. Guest speaker: Patrick Nyamurundira, Access and Inclusion Manager, ScotRail. Venue: IET Glasgow, Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Thameslink - the final chapters. Speaker: Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail. Venue: The Rose and Crown, Columbo Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8DP. 18.00-20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Wessex section meeting: PWI

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Bringing Back the Brighton Belle. Guest speaker: Doug Lindsay, Trustee, 5BEL Trust. Venue: Sussex Downs College, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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7-8 February 2018. Wednesday-Thursday. 6th annual Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum. Venue: etc Venues, St. Paul's, London. 08.45-16.55/16.20. More info: WF and CILT

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7 Febuary 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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8 February 2018. Thursday. Swanage Railway Wareham Link. Speaker: Chairman of PWI Wessex. Venue: Mott MacDonald House, Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EE. 17.30 for 17.45 start, to 19.45. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Croydon & Brighton section meeting: PWI

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10-18 February 2018. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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12 February 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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13 February 2018. Tuesday. Class 73 - Loram UK Ultra 73’s. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 February 2018. Wednesday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-20.00. More info: IMechE

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15 February 2018. Thursday. Caledonian University's contribution to improved class 158 door reliability. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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17 February 2018. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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17 February 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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19 February 2018. Monday. Wensleydale Railway meeting in Northallerton. Transforming a Gresley teak coach from a wreck to top spot in the National Railway Museum. Nick Stringer. Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton DL7 8SN. 19.30. More info: WR

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. Priorities for transport infrastructure in Northern Ireland. Venue: Belfast. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFNI

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. Rail freight: Current issues, Challenges and Opportunities.. Guest speaker: Julian Worth CMILT, Chairman, CILT Rail Freight Forum. Venue: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. European Railway Award ceremony. Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Rue Mont des Arts, glass entrance, 1000 Brussels. 18.30-22.00. CER

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway and the Broadway Extension. Venue: Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2SY. 19.30. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Cheltenham branch event: RCTS

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21 February 2018. Wednesday. 14th Annual London Student Conference. Connected Logistics and Transport; Shaping the Future of Logistics and Transport through Technology Innovation. Venue: The Business School, University of Greenwich, 30 Park Row, London, SE10 9LS. 09.00-16.00. More on this free event: CILT

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21 February 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ. More info: Tarka

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22 February 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q3 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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22 February 2018. Thursday. Developing England's road network: priorities for RIS2 delivery and Major Road upgrades. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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26 February 2018. Monday. The Future of Rail. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. The Railway Standards Safety Board (RSSB). Speaker: Michael Woods - Head of Operations and Management Research. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q3 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Next steps for the UK’s railway infrastructure. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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1 March 2018. Thursday. 40 years on BR. Speaker: Terence Jenner, last Chairman of the BR Board. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. The Scottish Region Annual Sustainable Transport Event - Visiting Every Part of Scotland. Guest speaker: Bill Taylor, Bill Taylor Associates - Heritage and Tourism. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, OverSeas House, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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7 March 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q3 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Next steps for funding regional projects and the future for Local Enterprise Partnerships. Location: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WSPF

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Llangollen Railway - Construction & Maintenance. Speaker from Llangollen Railway. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section meeting: PWI

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8 March 2018. Thursday. The Forth Rail Bridge. Speaker: Miles Oglethorpe. Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2HE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Scotland branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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10 March 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Lincolnshire AGM at St Swithin's Community Centre, Baggholme Road, Lincoln LN2 5AX. More info: RfL

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12-13 March 2018. Monday-Tuesday. Community Rail Conference. Venue: Jurys Inn Milton Keynes, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. More info: ACoRP

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12 March 2018. Monday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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12 March 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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12-13 March 2018. Monday-Tuesday. Middle East Rail in Dubai. More info: MER

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13 March 2018. Tuesday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. The use of virtual reality in the railway industry. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Accelerate Rail 2018. The Future of Rail - Investing and innovating: growing a 21st century railway. Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY. 09.00-18.00. More info: MF

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Understanding TOC Alliances. Guest speakers: Helen Cavanagh, Head of Alliancing, Northern & Tom Hanham, Alliance Project Manager, VTEC. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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17 March 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 11.00. More info: Herts and Beds

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17 March 2018. Saturday. Swiss Railways Society AGM at Best Western Stuart Hotel, 119 London Road, Derby DE1 2QR. 10.00-16.30. More info: SRS

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. National Railway Museum. Speaker: Andrew McLean, Curator of the National Railway Museum. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Windsor rail link. Venue: Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe Campus, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. More info: IET

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Rising Sun, Pound Lane End, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DU. More info: Tarka

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24-25 March 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at London rail festival. More info: Alexandra Palace

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26 March 2018. Monday. On Board Media Systems. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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27 March 2018. Tuesday. The future of UK ports post-Brexit - infrastructure, opportunities and policy. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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27 March 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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30 March-2 April 2018. Good Friday-Easter Monday. Alterations to services during Railway Upgrade Plan works.

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30 March-15 April 2018. Friday to Sunday. During this schools Easter holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.
West Coast Direct Award ends/1-year Service Continuation Contract begins.

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3 April 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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3 April 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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4 April 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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5 April 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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9 April 2018. Monday. Mail Rail - A History through the Archive. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collection at The Postal Museum. Venue: The Bourne Vale Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE. 19.15. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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10 April 2018. Tuesday. Railway Accident Precursors. Venue: University Technical College, West Street, Crewe, CW1 2PZ. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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11 April 2018. Wednesday. Class 769 Flex. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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11 April 2018. Wednesday. Tiny stations. Speaker: Dixe Wills. Venue: Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF. 19.30. Donation of £2 requested from non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Wales branch event: RCTS

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12 April 2018. Thursday. Priorities for airport development beyond the South East. Venue: Central Manchester. 12.30-17.00. More info: WEETF

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12 April 2018. Thursday. Asset Management: Systems Integration. Speaker from Network Rail. Venue: 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Birmingham section meeting: PWI

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13 April 2018. Friday. Annual Dinner. Venue: Derby Roundhouse. More info: YRP

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch AGM. More info: RfTV

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Behind the scenes at the National Railway Museum. Venue: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 14.30-16.30. More info: IMechE

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16 April 2018. Monday. Refurbishment of existing rolling stock and the 319 FLEX programme. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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17-19 April 2018. Tuesday-Thursday. TransRussia exhibition in Moscow. More info: TR

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18 April 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ. More info: Tarka

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18-19 April 2018. Wednesday-Thursday. World Metro & Light Rail Congress in Bilbao. More info: MR

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19 April 2018. Thursday. A 21st century train on 19th century infrastructure. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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24 April 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. Implementing the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal - infrastructure investment, innovation and accelerated growth. Venue: Central Edinburgh. 08.30-13.00. More info: SCP

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. Jacking Up Masonry Arch Bridges for Increased Clearance. Speaker from Freyssinet. Venue: Jurys Inn Hotel, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ. 18.30-20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section meeting: PWI

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. The History of the Old Dalby Test Track. Speaker: David Coxon. Venue: Council Meeting Room 2, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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26 April 2018. Thursday. 26th annual Rail freight Group conference. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-16.35. More info: WF

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28 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch AGM. More info: RfL&SE

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30 April 2018. Monday. Joint Control of Trains & Infrastructure. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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30 April 2018. Monday. Final date for 'early-bird' members-only discount bookings for annual national summer conference in Carlisle on Saturday 23 June.

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1-3 May 2018. Tuesday-Thursday. Infrarail. Excel, London. More info: Infra

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1 May 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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2 May 2018. Wednesday. GWML Electrification – Work to the Intersection Bridges at Cardiff Central. Speaker from Holbourn Engineering. Venue: Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.45-19.45. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Thames Valley section meeting: PWI

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2 May 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2018

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3 May 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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3 May 2018. Thursday. London's Disused Stations – North London. Speaker: Jim Connor, North London Railway Historical Society. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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4 May 2018. Friday. Carlisle power signal box. Venue: Station Hotel, Carnforth, opposite the railway station. 19.30. Donations requested, £4 for non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Furness, Lakes & Lune branch event: RCTS

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Project Update. Speaker: Stacey Macdonald, Network Rail. Venue: Aberdeen. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. New Rolling Stock for Northern. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 May 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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12 May 2018. Saturday. Railfuture AGM in Edinburgh. 10.00-17.00. More info: conferences; email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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15 May 2018. Tuesday. New Trains in the North. Guest speaker: Ian Hyde, Head of New Trains, Northern. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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17 May 2018. Thursday. TRA AGM, Village Hall, Umberleigh, Devon. More info: Tarka

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19 May 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. Significant changes to timetable in preparation for final December 2018 timetable. Whole network redesigned with increased Thameslink peak service of 20 trains per hour operating through Central London. Existing Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern services will also change. Initially four Thameslink trains per hour in peaks will break their links and only operate as far as London Bridge or London Blackfriars (from the south), restarting from London Kings Cross (from the north) until high capacity infrastructure available through Central London core section.

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21 May 2018. Monday. Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport Terminal 4 transfer to MTR Crossrail. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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21 May 2018. Monday. The Docklands Light Railway. Speaker: Mark Davis. Venue: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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21 May 2018. Monday. 40 years of service. Speaker: Terence Jenner, the last BR Board Chairman. Venue: Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. Donations requested £2.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch event: RCTS.

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21 May 2018. Monday. The History of the Old Dalby Test Track. Speaker: David Coxon. Venue: The Maudslay Hotel, 190 Allesley Old Road, Coventry CV5 8GJ. 19.30. Donation of £3 requested from non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West Midlands branch event: RCTS

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Network Rail's Management of Earthworks. Speaker from Network Rail. Venue: Aston Court Hotel, opposite Derby station, Derby DE1 2SL. 18.30-20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section meeting: PWI

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Rail Care - set up to deal with customers in an emergency such as an accident or major incident. Speaker: from South Western Railway. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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24 May 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q4 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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26 May-3 June 2018. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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29 May 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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Great Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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5 June 2018. Tuesday. The Railfreight Market from the Customer's Perspective. Speakers: David Turner, Director of Rail, Malcolm Logistics; Chris Swan, Senior Manager - Rail & Shipping, Tarmac. Venue: Sixth Form College, Leek Road, Stoke, Staffordshire, ST4 2RU. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 June 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q4 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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7 June 2018. Thursday. The Heritage of HS2. Speaker: Chris Jordan, Archaeology & Heritage Advisor to Technical Directorate, HS2 Ltd. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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12 June 2018. Tuesday. ORR expected to publish and consult on its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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12-13 June 2018. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail at Sandton, Johannesburg. AR

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14 June 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q4 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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14 June 2018. Thursday. The Introduction of On-Time Performance (OTP) into the Railway. Speakers from Atkins. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section meeting: PWI

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18 June 2018. Monday. Mail Rail - The London Post Office Railway. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the Postal Museum. Venue: Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. Donations requested £2.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch event: RCTS.

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19 June 2018. Tuesday. Into the Future with KeolisAmey Metrolink. Speaker: TBC. Meeting Point: Old Trafford Metrolink Stop (Southbound Platform). Venue: Trafford Depot, Warwick Road South, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0GZ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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19 June 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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23 June 2018. Saturday. Railfuture annual national summer conference at Hallmark Hotel, Court Square, Carlisle CA1 1QY. 10.45-17.00. More info: conferences

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26 June 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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30 June 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 11.00. More info: Herts and Beds

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4 July 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

9-11 July 2018. Monday-Wednesday. Digital Rail at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

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11 July 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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19 July 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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22 July-7 October 2018. Sunday-Sunday. Derby station track and signalling enhancements. More info: Derby-1 and Derby-2.

August


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South Eastern new franchise award expected. See EoI and Prospectus.

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1 August 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

4 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on scheduled BR mainline public service. More info: Publicsteam50

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7 August 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

11 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on BR mainline. More info: Railtoursteam50 and Steamrailways-BBC4 and 'The Railway'

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18 August 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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6 September 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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12 September 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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18 September 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group, followed by AGM. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

October


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40th anniversary of issue no.1 of predecessor to Railwatch, numbered continuously - including intermediate name changes - to now. See Railwatch

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Arriva Trains Wales franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional reporting periods extension); Wales & Borders new franchise due to commence.
Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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4 October 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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23 October 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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31 October 2018. Wednesday. ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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West Coast Partnership new franchise award expected.

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1 November 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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10 November 2018. Saturday. Railfuture annual national autumn conference, including presentation of 7th annual Rail User Group Awards, in Reading. More info: conferences

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14 November 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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17 November 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

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6 December 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Southeastern Direct Award due to end (extension of 6 reporting periods from June assumed, eligible for 1 additional reporting period extension); South Eastern new franchise due to commence. See EoI, franchise consultation, and franchise prospectus.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens Desiro City Class 700 Thameslink trains. The four Thameslink services not running through in May linked to provide continuous journey north to south when final infrastructure upgrades completed and full benefits of Thameslink Programme realised.

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11 December 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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20 December 2018. Thursday. ORR publishes ‘review notices’, setting out the changes to access contracts and Network Rail’s network licence needed to implement ORR's final determination.
Network Rail publishes its price lists for CP6, setting out the specific access charge rates that would be payable by train operators.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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February


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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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Network Rail decides whether to accept or reject ORR's Final Determination for CP6.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

23 February 2019. Saturday. 50th anniversary of most recent passenger trains between Uckfield and Lewes.

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ORR issues ‘review implementation notices’, confirming that the review will be implemented on 1 April 2019.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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31 March 2019. Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to be published by this date.

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West Coast Partnership new franchise due to commence.
East Midlands new franchise contract award expected.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts. Changes to train operators’ access contracts, including new access charges, and Network Rail’s network licence, take effect.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2019

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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Services start between London Paddington and Shenfield. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.
Cross Country new franchise award expected.

November


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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Arriva CrossCountry Direct Award due to end (extension by 2 additional reporting periods from October, further 11 additional reporting periods extension available at Transport Secretary discretion); new Cross Country franchise due to commence.

Great Western new franchise award expected.

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Services start between Reading/Heathrow and Abbey Wood/Shenfield. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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31 December 2019. Final date for rail vehicles to comply with accessibility regulations. More info: ORR and DfT

2020


February


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Chiltern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (13 additional 'reporting periods' extension assumed); Great Western new franchise due to commence.

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Chiltern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

7 May 2020. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

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Chiltern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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Start of services to/from Watford Junction via Metropolitan line extension. More info: MLE and Croxley rail link.

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13 December 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2021


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Services planned to start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

May


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New Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise operator due to be announced.
East Coast new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Start of extended services on Northern line to Battersea Power Station, via Kennington and Nine Elms. More info: NLE

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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TransPennine Express new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

August


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Chiltern new franchise award expected.
East Coast new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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Govia Thameslink Railway management contract ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)
TransPennine Express new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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Chiltern Railways franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Chiltern new franchise due to commence.

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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


January


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East Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

February


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TransPennine Express new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

April


ScotRail franchise ends (eligible for up to three years extension)

May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

October


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South Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

November


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New East Coast franchise operator due to be announced

December


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New TransPennine Express franchise operator due to be announced

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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2023


Access rights for Heathrow Express to London Heathrow Airport Terminals 2/3 and 5 due to expire.

January


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South Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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East Coast franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

April


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TransPennine Express franchise ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


End of 8-year Transport for London concession for Crossrail (potential for 2-year extension)/start of next concession.

4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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Northern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
South Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

September


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Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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East Anglia new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2024


February


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Northern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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South Western new franchise award expected.

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1 April 2024. Control Period 7 (2024-29) starts.

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End of 7.5-year Transport for London concession for London Overground (potential for 2-year extension)/start of next concession.

2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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First/MTR South Western franchise due to expire (up to 11 additional reporting periods available at Secretary of State's discretion), new South Western franchise due to commence.
East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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New Northern franchise operator due to be announced.

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7 December 2024. Saturday. Planned official re-opening of services between Uckfield and Lewes. More info: Bridge the gap: connect East Sussex

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change and planned public re-opening of services between Uckfield, Lewes and Sussex coast towns.

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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East West Rail services start between Bedford and Oxford/Reading, Milton Keynes and Oxford/Reading, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury/London Marylebone. More info: EWR

2025


April


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Northern franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


Latest possible end/start of Transport for London Crossrail operating concession.

1 May 2025. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced.

October


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Greater Anglia franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion), new East Anglia franchise due to commence.

December


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14 December 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2026


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Public operation of HS2 phase 1 planned to start this year.

May


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Latest possible end/start of Transport for London operating concession for London Overground.

7 May 2026. Thursday. UK local elections.

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17 May 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2027


2028


Merseyrail concession due for renewal.

2029


April


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1 April 2029. Control Period 8 (2029-34) starts.

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Essex Thameside franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion)

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

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