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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.

More details about Railfuture conferences are here: Railfuture conferences

2016


December


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WEST MIDLANDS new franchise - Invitation To Tender ISSUED; bids to be submitted by 29 November. New franchise award due in June, for start on 15 October 2017.
SOUTH EASTERN new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders, Expressions of Interest expected to be invited from potential bidders in November, Invitation to Tender to short-listed bidders due in April 2017.
EAST MIDLANDS new franchise - Expressions of Interest expected to be invited from potential bidders in December, Invitation to Tender to short-listed bidders due in May 2017. See DfT Prospectus.
WEST COAST new franchise - Expressions of Interest expected to be invited from potential bidders in December, Invitation to Tender to short-listed bidders due in October/November 2017.

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ORR begins PR18, Periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024). ORR provides advice to Scottish Ministers and Secretary of State for Transport to inform their HLOSs and SoFAs for CP6, up to May/June 2017.
More info: Promoting a dynamic and commercially sustainable rail sector, A safer more efficient and better-performing railway and Adapting how ORR regulates Network Rail.
See Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016 and Consultation on draft guidance on Network Rail's strategic business plans

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until 11 December 2016. Weekend service alterations in Manchester area. More info: Ordsall Chord and NRES
until February 2017. Four-month full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works.
More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL; also GOBLIN-NR-1, GOBLIN-TfL-1, GOBLIN-NR-2, GOBLIN-TfL-2, GOBLIN-NR-3, and GOBLIN-TfL-3; plus Walthamstow art.
until 31 March 2017. Central Scotland timetable changes. More info: Edinburgh-Glasgow electrification, Changes from 22 October, and NRES
until May 2017. Autumn/winter route improvement works to Great Eastern main line. More info: GEML-1, TfL-Rail, time-lapse footage of works, GEML-2, GEML works across festive season and beyond, and NRES

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21 November 2016-18 February 2017. World class photography arrives at London Waterloo station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Waterloo

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3-4 December 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Alterations to services affecting Dickensian Rochester weekend. More info: Rochester

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3 December 2016. Saturday. Railfuture stall at annual Oxford Green Fair. Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldate's, OX1 1BX. 10.30-16.30. More info: OGF

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3 December 2016. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia meeting. Guest speaker: Jamie Burles, MD Greater Anglia. Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA. 14.00. More info: EA; Contact: RfEA

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3 December 2016. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line Christmas lunch at Falcon Manor, Settle BD24 9BD. More info: FoSCL

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3 December 2016. Saturday. Copeland Rail Users' Group meeting. Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria CA20 1PU. 13.45. More info: CRUG

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5 December 2016. Monday. "Platform train interfaces: safety for a growing network". London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-16.30. More info: IMechE

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5 December 2016. Monday. Drop-in event for Plymouth residents about Exeter-Newton Abbott proposals. Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth PL1 1AR. 15.00-19.00. More info: Plymouth

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5 December 2016. Monday. Christmas lecture - Safety of the railway. Location: STEAM Museum - Swindon, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2TA. 17.00 to 20.00. More info: IMechE

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5 December 2016. Monday. Railway Division Young Members Christmas Technical Forum: Engineering Challenges posed by Infrastructure Upgrades. Location: London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 to 20.00. More info: IMechE

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5 December 2016. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting at New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. ORR publishes station usage estimates for 2015-16. More info: station usage

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. Passenger information sessions at Manchester Victoria station. 07.30-09.00 and 16.00-18.00. More info: service alterations for Ordsall Chord works

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. "Door optimisation". London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-13.30. More info: IMechE

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. Railfuture East Midlands meet-up at the Canalhouse, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH. Email: RFEM

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. Drop-in event for Truro residents about Exeter-Newton Abbott proposals. Alverton Manor Hotel, Truro TR1 1ZQ. 15.00-19.00. More info: Truro

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. The Station Gardener. Speaker: Louis Wall, SW Scotland Railway Adopters Group. Location: University of Strathclyde, G1 1QE. 17.30 for 18.00-19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. Stoke Station development plans. Speaker: Mark Taylor, Virgin Trains Station Manager, Stoke-on-Trent. Location: Staffordshire University, Stoke-on Trent ST4 2DF. 18.00-18.30 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 2016. Tuesday. Govia Thameslink Railway timetable planning team drop-by for consultation on post-Thameslink Programme 2018 timetable. London Bridge station. 16.30-19.00. More info: Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern timetable 2018

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7 December 2016. Wednesday. National Railway Heritage Awards 2016 - presentation of Awards. More info: NRHA

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7 December 2016. Wednesday. Russian Railways cooperation and partnership conference at Moscow Radisson Slavyanskaya hotel. PTY RRP RZD

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7 December 2016. Wednesday. Silvertown Tunnel inquiry traffic modelling meeting at The Crystal, Royal Docks E16 1GB. More info: info@silvertowntunnel.co.uk NoST

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8 December 2016. Thursday. Govia Thameslink Railway timetable planning team drop-by for consultation on post-Thameslink Programme 2018 timetable. London St. Pancras International station. 07.30-09.30. More info: Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern timetable 2018

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8 December 2016. Thursday. "London Bridge Redevelopment - Behind the scenes". Network Rail Ltd, St Thomas Street, Site Office, London SE1 3QU. 13.00-15.30. More info on this Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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8 December 2016. Thursday. Consultation closes 17.00 on post-Thameslink Programme 2018 timetable. More info: Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern timetable 2018

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8 December 2016. Thursday. My First Fifty Years on the Railway. Speaker: Neal Clarke. Location: The Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG. 19.00. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, North East branch, event: RCTS

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10 December 2016. Saturday. Railfuture passenger group meeting. London. Contact: RfPA

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10 December 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Aberystwyth. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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10 December 2016. Saturday Open day at Settle station. More info: FoSCL

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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11 December 2016. Sunday. Passenger train services expected to start between London Marylebone and Oxford, as the second stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 project. More info: EWR, Trackwork complete-1, work around the clock, Trackwork complete-2, and Chiltern Railways.

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12 December 2016. Wednesday. Passenger information sessions at Manchester Piccadilly station. 07.30-09.00 and 16.00-18.00. More info: service alterations for Ordsall Chord works

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12 December 2016. Monday. "Manchester Metrolink - growing the system". Location: London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00-19.30. Institution of Mechanical Engineers. More info: IMechE

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12 December 2016. Monday. Crossrail Project Update. Speaker: Dave Hepper. Location: Ipswich IP2 8DF. 19.15. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch, event: RCTS.

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12 December 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Christmas social. More info: BRAG

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12 December 2016. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group. Christmas social. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HR. More info: ALRUG

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13 December 2016. Tuesday. Passenger information sessions at Manchester Oxford Road station. 07.30-09.00 and 16.00-18.00. More info: service alterations for Ordsall Chord works

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13 December 2016. Tuesday. Merseyrail - investing for the future. Location: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 3AF. 18.00 for 18.30-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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13 December 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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14 December 2016. Wednesday. "Next steps for local economic growth - funding, infrastructure and the future of LEPs". Westminster Social Policy Forum, London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WSPF

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14 December 2016. Wednesday. Drop-in event for Needham Market residents about Gypsy Lane level crossing. Needham Market Community Centre, School St, Needham Market, Ipswich IP6 8BB. 16.00-20.00. More info: Suffolk

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14 December 2016. Wednesday. The story of Middleton Press. Speaker: Vic Mitchell. Location: County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch, event: RCTS.

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14 December 2016. Wednesday. Close of consultation on Transport Vision 2050 - a new Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire. More info: TV2050

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15 December 2016. Thursday. "London Bridge Redevelopment - Behind the scenes". Network Rail Ltd, St. Thomas Street, Site Office, London SE1 3QU. 13.00-15.30. More info on this Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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15 December 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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15 December 2016. Thursday. Talk by author Bill Simpson on 170 years of Bedford-Bletchley line. Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Association. St Leonard's Church Centre, Victoria Road, Bedford MK42 9JS. 19.30. More info: BBRUA

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16-18 December 2016. Friday night to Sunday morning. London's Night Tube opens on the Piccadilly line between Cockfosters and Heathrow terminal 5. More info: TfL-Piccadilly and Mayor-Piccadilly

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17 December 2016 - 8 January 2017. Saturday to Sunday. During this 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

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18 December 2016 - 2 January 2017. Sunday to Monday. Service alterations in Manchester area. More info: Ordsall Chord

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18 December 2016. Sunday. No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign Christmas drinks at the Woolwich Equitable pub, General Gordon Square SE18 5AB.19.30. More info: info@silvertowntunnel.co.uk NoST

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20 December 2016. Tuesday. "Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain's Rail Policy." Speaker: Chris Austin OBE, former BR director of policy and parliamentary affairs. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch, event: RCTS
Buy his books, co-authored with Lord Richard Faulkner, "Holding the line - how Britain's railways were saved" and "Discontinued! Gaps in Britain's Rail Policy", at a discount, from the Railfuture shop

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20 December 2016. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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24 December 2016-2 January 2017. Saturday-Monday. Christmas-New Year holidays. Expect route improvement works and alterations to services. More info: PLAN EARLY-1, PLAN EARLY-2, and NRES.
Plan early for Cardiff, Plan early for London Bridge, Plan early for London Paddington, Plan early for Yorkshire, Plan early for London Waterloo, Plan early for Birmingham, Plan early for Manchester, Plan early for Great Eastern Main Line.
KEEP A CLEAR HEAD: pictures and video, "my leg was stuck to the rail", and KEEP A CLEAR HEAD AT LEVEL CROSSINGS.

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Target date for Royal Assent for the Hybrid Bill for phase 1 of HS2, containing legal powers to construct and operate.

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Construction period for phase 1 of HS2 planned to start this year.

January


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National Rail Passenger Survey Autumn 2016 results published. More info: TF-NRPS

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Network Rail expected to submit Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to governments and ORR. More info: More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016

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2 January 2017. Sunday. Consultation closes at 17.00 on CrossCountry timetable for December 2017.

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3 January 2017. Tuesday. Action for Rail day of action at Bromley South, Crewe, Derby, Stoke-on-Trent, Morpeth, Berwick, Golders Green, 07.30, East Croydon, Peterborough 07.00, Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill Station 07.00, Merthyr Tydfil, 06.30, Stevenage, Barrow in Furness 07.30-09.30, Manchester Piccadilly 07.30-09.30, Liverpool Lime St o7.30-09.30, Northampton, Havant 07.30, Mauldeth Road, Manchester 09.00-12.00, Abergavenny 07.30-10.00, Oxford, Exeter Central, Havant 07.30, Colchester, Burgess Hill 17.00-19.30, Hastings,Preston Park 06.00-09.15 and 17.00-20.00, Southampton Central 07.00, Birmingham New Street, Nuneaton, Wolverhampton 07.30-09.30, Derby, Watford Junction 08.00-09.30, London Waterloo 08.00, London Paddington. Cardiff, Bristol, Chester 16.00-18.00, Burton on Trent, Fenchurch Street, Bolton, Norwich. More info: AFR

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4 January 2017. Wednesday. Action for Rail day of action at Glasgow Central 17.00. More info: AFR

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

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5 January 2017. Thursday. "Infrastructure Challenges in Kent". Speaker: Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy, London & SE Freight Transport Association. Location: Holiday Inn North, Maidstone Road, Hothfield, Ashford, Kent TN26 1AP. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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7 January 2017. Last copy date for Rail Lincs. Email: RfL

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9 January 2017. Monday. "Digital Railway - the future of train control". Location: Ipswich IP2 8DF. 19.15. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS.

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10 January 2017. Tuesday. "Merseytravel: using technology to benefit transport users". Location: Merseytravel, Liverpool L69 3HN. 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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11 January 2017. Wednesday. Deadline for comments on consultations on draft guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans and on the regulatory framework issues for system operation. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016

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11 January 2017. Wednesday. CfBT London meeting. 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT London

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11 January 2017. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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12 January 2017. Thursday. Send your articles or pictures to Editor for inclusion in the April 2017 edition of Railwatch.

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16 January 2017. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group meeting. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HR. 19.00-21.00. More info: ALRUG

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17 January 2017. Tuesday. "Transport-Led Development in London and the South East 2017". London. More info: WF

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17 January 2017. Tuesday. "Don't forget the Highlands!". Speaker: Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce. Location: Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 3AB. Time tba. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 January 2017. Tuesday. "Make "Stenning" Brands that Sparkle". Speaker: Ray Stenning, Design Director, Best Impressions. Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, Manchester M15 6BH. 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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17 January 2017. Tuesday. "The Vivarail D-Train, Delivering Local Rail Solutions". Speaker: Adrian Shooter. Location: Redhill 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 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.00. More info: NCRUG

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17 January 2017. Tuesday. "Electrification of the Great Western Mainline". Speaker: Jill Poynton, Network Rail. Location: Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SY. 19.30. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Cheltenham branch event: RCTS

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19 January 2017. Thursday. "Next steps for intelligent mobility". London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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23 January 2017. Monday. Send any late articles or pictures to Editor for inclusion in the April 2017 edition of Railwatch.

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24 January 2017. Tuesday. "Growing the DLR." Speaker: Mark Davis, Head of Contracts and Business Performance, Docklands Light Railway Limited. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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25 January 2017. Wednesday. "Mail Rail". Location: Chichester, PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event: RCTS.

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27 January 2017. Friday. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club. Guest speaker Michael Holden, and annual Golden Whistle Awards MC Dick Fearn. More info: 4FC

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27 January 2017. Friday. "The annual Scottish political event: The work of the House of Commons select committee on transport". Speaker: Stewart McDonald MP. Location: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1QE. 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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End of full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works. Weekend closures continue until June. More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL

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ORR issues ‘review initiation notices’, formally requesting Secretary of State for Transport and Scottish Ministers to provide their high-level output specifications (HLOSs) and statements of funds available (SoFAs) for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

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South Western new franchise award expected.

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1 February 2017. Wednesday. Transport-led Development in the North of England conference. DLA Piper, Manchester. 08.45-17.00. More info: waterfront

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7 February 2017. Tuesday. European Railway Award anniversary celebration at Square Brussels Meeting Centre, 
Rue Mont des Arts, glass entrance, 
1000 Brussels. 18.00-22.00. More info: UNIFE, CER

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7 February 2017. Tuesday. "Ten ways to grow Passenger Journeys". Speaker: Roger French OBE. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XH. 18.00 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 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. 5th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017. London. More info: WF

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8 February 2017. Wednesday. "Light rail transport investment and economic development". Speaker: Professor Richard Knowles, University of Salford. Location: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH. 17.45 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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9 February 2017. Thursday. Westminster Social Policy Forum. "Funding for regional projects beyond the European Union referendum - partnerships, devolution and the transition of EU Structural and Investment Funds". London. More info: WSPF

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10 February 2017. Friday. Consultation closes on NIC's National Infrastructure Assessment. More info: Call for evidence

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11 February 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting, London. Contact: Company Secretary

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13 February 2017. Monday. ORR issues guidance to Network Rail on the strategic business plans (SBPs) the company will produce for CP6.

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15 February 2017. Wednesday. Rail BIM Summit in London. 08.00-14.30. More info: RBS

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15 February 2017. Wednesday. "Three Rivers Partnership - an update." Speaker: Mark Miller. Location: Eastleigh Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh SO50 9FE. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Solent branch event: RCTS

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18 February 2017. Saturday. East Suffolk Transport Association Spring Meeting. Beccles station. 14:00. More info: ESTA

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20 February-11 March 2017. World class photography arrives at London Bridge station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: London Bridge

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21 February 2017. Tuesday. "Rail, Road and Intermodal Freight: An International View". Speaker: James Reading, IntelliTrans Ltd. Location: Redhill 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 February 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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25 February 2017. Saturday. East Anglia branch AGM. Friends Meeting House, St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ. 14.00. More info: EA; Contact: RfEA

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25 February 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Severnside meeting. Bus-rail integration by Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport on St Aldhelm's Centre, Edgeware Road, Swindon SN1 1QS. Email: RfS

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27 February 2017. Monday. "The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway." Speaker: Roger Fagg. Location: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event: RCTS

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28 February 2017. Tuesday. "The Role of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch." Speaker: Neil Gove, Inspector of Rail Accidents, RAIB. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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28 February 2017. Tuesday. Transport-led development in Scotland. Pinsent Masons, Edinburgh. 08.45-17.00. waterfront

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

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2 March 2017. Thursday. "Lower Thames Crossing Project". Speaker: Martin Potts, Consultation Manager, Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England. Location: tba. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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4 March 2017. Saturday. TravelWatch SouthWest general meeting. Taunton. More info: TWSW

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7 March 2017. Tuesday. "An illustrated history of the Spa Valley Railway". Speaker: Brian Holford. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex 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 March 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Middle East Rail. Speakers include Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. More info: MER

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8 March 2017. Wednesday. "Priorities for the future of infrastructure in Wales". Cardiff. 08.30-13.00. More info: PfW

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8 March 2017. Wednesday. "Sheffield Tram/Train interfaces". Derby DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 March 2017. Thursday. "The Life and Times of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - A Personal Persective." Speaker: Philip Benham, former Chairman, North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 14.15 for 14.30 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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11 March 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Lincolnshire AGM at St Swithin's Community Centre, Baggholme Road, Lincoln LN2 5AX. Email: RfL

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13-25 March 2017. World class photography arrives at Glasgow Central station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Glasgow

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13 March 2017. Monday. "Freightliner - The Inside Story." Speaker: Peter Graham, Rail Strategy Manager - Freightliner. Location: Bridge Ward Social Club, 68 Austin Street, Ipswich IP2 8DF. 19.00. A donation of £1.00 members/£2.00 non-members is requested. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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14 March 2017. Tuesday. "Into the future with Northern". Speaker: Craig Harrop, Northern Rail. Location: 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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16 March 2017. Thursday. "The Birth, Death and Rebirth of the Waverley Route." Speaker: Hamish Stevenson. Location: Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams, South Terrace, Darlington, Co. Durham DL1 5JD. 19.00. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, North East branch event: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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21 March 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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21-22 March 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday.  Asia Pacific Rail 2017 in Hong Kong. More info: TT

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21-22 March 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK. London. 08.45-17.00/08.45-16.00. More info: waterfront

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21-23 March 2017. Tuesday-Thursday. International exhibition of railway technology in Lille. More info: Sifer 2017

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22 March 2017. Wednesday. "40 years of service". Speaker: Terence Jenner, the last BR Board Chairman. Location: Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event: RCTS.

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23 March 2017. Thursday. "Policy priorities for UK rail services - market reform, smart network management and customer service". London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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23 March 2017. Thursday. "Leeds High Speed Rail Station - the challenge of integrating the old with the new!". Pontefract WF9 1AB. 11.00-13.00. More info: IMechE

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25-26 March 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at London rail festival. More info: Alexandra Palace

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27 March-8 April 2017. World class photography arrives at Liverpool Lime Street station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Liverpool

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28 March 2017. Tuesday. "Forty Years of Service." Speaker: Terence Jenner, A Talk by the Last Chairman of the BR Board. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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1 April 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Wessex branch AGM. Brockenhurst Village Hall. 13.30. More info: Wessex

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4 April 2017. Tuesday. "Development of a new West Midlands Railfreight Exchange". Speaker: from Four Ashes Ltd. Location: Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RU. 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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5 April 2017. Wednesday. "Railways - the digital effect". Location: Liverpool. 14.00. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester & North Wales branch event: RCTS.

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6 April 2017. Thursday. "Regional airports in the UK: priorities for connectivity, capacity and investment". Birmingham. 12.30-17.00. More info: WEETF

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6 April 2017. Thursday. Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users' Group. Guest speakers Nigel Harris Editor of Rail magazine and journalist Christian Wolmar also Railfuture President. Yeovil Steam Centre. 16.00. More info: Wessex

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10-22 April 2017. World class photography arrives at Manchester Piccadilly station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Manchester

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10 April 2017. Monday. "Trams in the West Midlands - future plans". Speaker: Peter Adams, Head of Metro Development, Centro. Location: Mott MacDonald, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3PU. 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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11 April 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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14-17 April 2017. Good Friday-Easter Monday. Easter holiday weekend. Expect route improvement works and alterations to services.

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17 April 2017. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group meeting. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HR. 19.00-21.00. More info: ALRUG

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18 April 2017. Tuesday. "'Best Impressions' - Public Transport by Design". Speaker: Ray Stenning, Best Impressions. Location: Redhill, 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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24 April-13 May 2017. World class photography arrives at Leeds station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Leeds

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24 April 2017. Monday. "Onwards to Corwen". Location: Chester, CH1 3AE. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester & North Wales branch event: RCTS.

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24 April 2017. Monday. "Railways to Airports - A Worldwide Overview." Speaker: Andrew Sharp. Location: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event: RCTS

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. "Great Western Railway's train maintenance depot". Location: Embankment Road, Laira, Plymouth PL4 9JN. 15.45 for 16.00 start, to 18.00. Booking required for this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event, free to CILT members, £10 for non-members. More info: CILT

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. "Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit: using modern batteries for railway traction." Speaker: Rory Dickerson, Senior Engineer - Electrical and Electronic Safety, Technical and Engineering, Traction and Rollling Stock, Network Rail. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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26 April 2017. Wednesday. "Midlands Connect: Identifying Strategic Transport Priorities for the Midlands". Location: Atkins, Birmingham B1 1TF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT. See also Midlands Connect

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25-27 April 2017. Tuesday to Thursday. "The Stephenson Conference - Research for railways". London SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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25 April to 1 May 2017. Tuesday-Monday. Ride2Stride, the Settle-Carlisle line walking festival. More info: R2S

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29 April 2017. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line AGM at Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DZ. More info: foscl

May


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Secretary of State for Transport, and Scottish Ministers, expected to publish High-Level Output Specifications (HLOS) and Statements of Funds Available (SoFA) for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016

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Crossrail class 345 rolling stock to be introduced to Liverpool Street-Shenfield services. More info: crossrail

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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2017

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6 May 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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9 May 2017. Tuesday. "London Overground’s new operator – Arriva Rail London". Speaker: Will Rogers, Director, Arriva Rail London. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex 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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9-11 May 2017. Tuesday-Thursday. Railtex 2017. NEC, Birmingham. More info: Railtex

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11 May 2017. Thursday. "Policy priorities for the freight transport sector: regional strategies, international trade and the workforce shortfall." Seminar in London. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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15-27 May 2017. World class photography arrives at Birmingham New Street station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Birmingham

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16 May 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. "GoVia Thameslink Railway - 'Omnia uno temore agenda: everything had to be done at once!'". Speaker: Charles Horton, CEO. Location: Redhill 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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20 May 2017. Railfuture AGM in Peterborough. John Clare Theatre, 36-40 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX. 10.00-17.00.
More info: conferences; email: Company Secretary

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21 May 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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23 May 2017. Tuesday. "Getting on/off trains at stations - including trials of designing trains and stations for quick boarding and alighting." Speaker: Professor Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, University College London. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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29 May-10 June 2017. World class photography arrives at London Charing Cross station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Charing Cross

June


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ORR updates guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans, following the HLOSs and SoFAs (if necessary). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016

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West Midlands new franchise award expected.

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

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End of weekend closures of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL

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12-24 June 2017. World class photography arrives at London Paddington station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Paddington

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13-14 June 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail. Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. More info: TT

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17 June 2017. Saturday. Railfuture national summer conference in Leeds. Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square Leeds LS2 3AD. 10.45-17.00. More info: conferences

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20 June 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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25 June 2017. Sunday. SouthWest Trains franchise (including up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension to August 2017, with 5-period extension assumed by DfT until June 2017) ends; South Western new franchise due to commence.

27-28 June 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. World Metrorail Congress Americas 2017 in Philadelphia. More info: Terra

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5 July 2017. Thursday. "Lower Thames Crossing Project - an update". Speaker: Martin Potts, Consultation Manager, Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex 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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18 July 2017. Tuesday. "Business and franchise update from Northern". Location: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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18 July 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

August


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Wales & Borders new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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5-28 August 2017. Major works at London Waterloo station. More info: Waterloo-1 and Waterloo-2

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15 August 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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19 August 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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26 August-3 September 2017. Major works at London Bridge station. More info: London Bridge

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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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 - Nov 2016

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West Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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15 October 2017. Sunday. London Midland Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); West Midlands new franchise due to commence.

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28 October 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

November


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4 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture national conference at the Curve Theatre, Leicester. More info: conferences

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14 November 2017. 10th anniversary of the start of services in and out of St. Pancras International, transferring from Waterloo International.

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

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

December


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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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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2018


February


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ORR expected to hold workshop on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.
Close of expected ORR stakeholder consultation on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

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South Eastern new franchise award expected.
Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

March


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East Midlands new franchise award expected.
Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

May


3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport to be transferred to Crossrail concession operator. More info: crossrail

June


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Southeastern Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); South Eastern new franchise due to commence.
Wales & Borders new franchise award expected.

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12 June 2018. ORR expected to publish its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation. More info: PR18

July


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East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019, with 5-period extension assumed by DfT until July 2018) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

August


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Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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

September


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Close of expected consultation on ORR's draft determination of Network Rail's Strategic Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

October


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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.

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31 October 2018. ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: PR18

November


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West Coast new franchise award expected.

December


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Great Western new franchise award expected.

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Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.

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Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: crossrail

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2019


February


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

March


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

April


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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Great Western new franchise due to commence.
West Coast new franchise due to commence.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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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

June


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Cross Country new franchise award expected.

October


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Cross Country new franchise due to commence.

November


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

December


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Services start between Reading/Heathrow and Abbey Wood/Shenfield. More info: crossrail

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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.

May


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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.

July


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

October


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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.

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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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.

September


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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.

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


March


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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.

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.

March


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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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

May


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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.

August


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East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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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.

October


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

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.

November


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Essex Thameside franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its national AGM for members). The conferences are competitively priced, to be within rail users' price range, and are open to everyone. Railfuture members are usually offered a chance to attend conferences at a discounted rate if booked early.

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