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Railfuture Newark conference 20th June 2015

The Way Forward: How to Win Friends - and Influence

This conference, with an impressive line-up of speakers, runs from 10:45 to 1700 (registration from 1000) in the Grade 1 listed Newark Town Hall, which is nine minutes walk from Newark Castle station and 16 minutes walk from Newark Northgate station. Topics include:
  • The future starts now - David Horne, Managing Director, Virgin Trains East Coast
  • East Coast capacity enhancements - Graham Botham, Principal Strategic Planner (LNE and EM), Network Rail
  • Castle line enhanced timetable - Roger Blaney, Chairman, Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • NET2 Nottingham Tramway Extension - Steve Barber
  • 'Bridging the gap' reunification project at Loughborough - Tom Ingall, Great Central Railway
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Railfuture 2020 Vision

A manifesto for a bigger, better railway

Key electoral issues in 2015 are the economy, education and skills training, social inclusion and health. Provision of a growing and effective transportation system and investment in transport infrastructure are highly effective ways of addressing these key election issues.

Railfuture, through its branches located throughout the UK has kept in touch with important transport issues both nationally and locally. Railfuture’s 2020 Vision, written by Ian Brown CBE, represents a distillation of the electorate’s wishes and expectations for a developing railway for the UK, for delivery during the life of the new parliament.

This Manifesto for Rail is therefore offered to all candidates as a piece of research into what constituents are saying about railways beneath the headlines. Download it here.

Disruption Survey

Railfuture have launched a campaign to reduce the impact on passengers when rail services are disrupted. We all know rail disruption happens, but how it is handled remains the number one concern of rail passengers. Most passengers will have their horror stories about journeys that went wrong, but they will also have examples of where it went well and the rail industry must learn from that experience. We want to spread the message of good practice on the railways and demand improvements for our passengers. Our initial report is here.

We are seeking input from across the rail industry and from rail passengers. Please log your experiences here.


Railfuture is the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for passengers and freight. Railfuture is a voluntary group representing rail users, with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not affiliated to or funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions, and uses one-member one-vote democracy.

Railfuture campaigns for cheap and convenient rail services for everyone; better links for buses, bikes and pedestrians; policies to get more heavy lorries on to rail; new lines, stations and freight terminals – a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight. Our volunteer members in branches and around 300 local rail user groups campaign to get stations and lines reopened, and services and facilities improved, for the benefit of the community, economy and environment.

Over the past 50 years we have played a major part in getting over 370 new and reopened stations and over 500 miles of route to join the network.
Apply to join our campaign today - click Join Now using your credit/debit card via PayPal.

Working with Railfuture

As well as organising the annual national conference for rail users and user groups, Railfuture works at local and national level with train operators and other stakeholders to secure a better railway. Railfuture makes awards to campaigners from its Fighting Fund to bring about improvements. Awards have been given, for example, for publicity initiatives and feasibility studies.

Join Us - Become a Member

If you would like to join our campaign for a rail future please go to the Join Us page to apply for membership. It is just £18 (concessions available) which provides four all-colour magazines a year plus more. If you have any questions or comments you can contact us at info at railfuture.org.uk. Together we can work towards a Railfuture!

The independent campaign for a better passenger and freight rail network

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