Railfuture Conferences

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its AGM for members). We aim only to cover our costs. 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 at a discounted rate.

Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the organisations who have spoken at conferences include Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Association of Train Operating Companies, Cardiff International Airport, Centro, Chester-le-Track, Chiltern Railways, Delta Rail, East Midlands Trains, East West Rail Consortium, East Coast, Eurostar, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, First Transpennine Express, Grand Central, Great Western Railway, Hitachi Rail Europe, HS2, London Midland, London Overground Railway Operations, Merseytravel, MyTestTrack.com, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Nottingham Express Transit, Parry People Movers, South West Trains, TramPower, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, Virgin Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast and Vivarail.

Click HERE to see a list events and speakers for each organisation.

To follow Railfuture's conferences on Twitter use the '#rfconference' hash-tag.
Note: this hash-tag is not exclusive to Railfuture.

Future Events

2016/Birmingham [link]

  • 12/11/2016 Heart of the railway - how West Midlands will lead the way to the future [Why Attend?]
  • Plus presentation of 2015 Rail User Group Awards - co-presented by Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar
  • Hosted by Railfuture West Midlands branch
  • Reason for Birmingham: Completion of Birmingham New Street modernisation and Midland Metro extensions
  • Begins at 10:45, registration from 10:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • Toby Rackcliff, Rail Policy and Strategy Manager, West Midlands Combined Authority
    • Maria Machancoses, Programme Director, Midlands Connect
    • Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group Twitter Image
    • Alice Gillman, Communications, Vivarail (talking about The Class 230 - a new train for a new franchise)
    • Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Professor Clive Roberts, University of Birmingham (talking about The digital age of railways)
    • Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar opens the conference and welcomes Lord Mayor of Birmingham
    • The above is the full list of speakers - it is a packed programme.
  • Venue: The Priory Rooms
    • Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham
    • Postcode: B4 6AF
    • Phone: (0121) 236 2317
    • Route: Priority rooms front gate is less than ten metres from Bull Street tram stop. If walking follow tram lines from New Street or Snow Hill stations
  • For further details about the conference please email birmingham2016@railfuture.org.uk.
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 10/11/2016
  • The 'Early Bird' offer for members ended on 31/08/2016 - all places now at the full price.
  • Prices for Birmingham: [book]
    • £25.00 - Members after 31st August
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £15.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • £50.00 - 2 People
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments and buffet lunch. The member rate is £5 cheaper than normal
  • Click [HERE] to download a booking form (PDF format).

2017/Peterborough (AGM) [link]

  • 20/05/2017 13th RDS Ltd AGM
  • Hosted by Railfuture East Anglia branch
  • Reason for Peterborough: Thameslink Programme and Greater Anglia franchise
  • Registration from 10:00, begins at 10:45 with speakers, AGM from 14:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • Phil Hutchinson, Head of Timetable Development, Govia Thameslink Railway
    • A second speaker is being sought
  • Venue: Peterborough Central Library
    • Room: John Clare Theatre
    • 36-40 Broadway, Peterborough
    • Postcode: PE1 1RX
    • Phone: (01733) 864169
    • Email: enquiries@vivacity-peterborough.com
    • The John Clare Theatre is on the first floor of the Central Library building and seats 142 people. It is fully accessible
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy - there is no fee to attend.
    • Proxy votes can be registered between 09/03/2017 and 18/05/2017
    • Motions must be received by the Company Secretary by 06/05/2017
  • Refreshments are complimentary. Lunch, if required, must be purchased in advance [book].
  • Alternative places for lunch include There will be plenty of places to buy lunch within 15 minutes' walk.
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.
  • Lunch Prices for Peterborough AGM: [book]
    • £9.50 - Standard Lunch

2017/Leeds [link]

  • 17/06/2017
  • Hosted by Railfuture Yorkshire branch
  • Begins at 10:45, registration from 10:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Venue: Carriageworks Theatre
    • The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds
    • Postcode: LS2 3AD
    • Phone: (0113) 224 3801
  • For further details about the conference please email leeds2017@railfuture.org.uk.
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 15/06/2017
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 30/04/2017.
  • Prices for Leeds: [book]
    • £25.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £30.00 - Members after 30th April
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £20.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder

Additional Railfuture National Conferences - Dates for your diary

  • 04/11/2017 - The Curve, 60 Rutland St, Leicester

Book Your Conference Place/AGM Lunch Now

Conference Fees (8 options)

A conference fee discount is available for group attendance (5+ people) - please contact by e-mail for price:
leeds2017 and birmingham2016

You do not have to be a member to attend a conference, but you can save money if you are. To become a member click [HERE] to book the next conference and join Railfuture at the same time - you'll get a special discount
If bookings for the next conference have closed this will be for the conference after that.

(MEDIA: For a free 'press pass' please contact Bruce Williamson by e-mailing media@railfuture.org.uk or phone on 07759 557389).

Terms and Conditions

Before booking please make sure that you have read the Railfuture conference terms and conditions (PDF format).

Last event

2016/Scottish Borders [link]

  • 18/06/2016

Past events for each year

Up to three national events are held each year. Click on the location to see the details.

2016 Milton Keynes (AGM) Scottish Borders
2015 Blackpool (AGM) Newark Bristol
2014 Sheffield (AGM) Cambridge London
2013 Durham (AGM) Taunton Oxford
2012 Worcester (AGM) Stirling Birmingham
2011 Brighton (AGM) Bletchley Manchester
2010 Wrexham (AGM) Taunton London
2009 Leeds (AGM) Northallerton Corby
2008 Coventry (AGM) Salisbury London
2007 Preston (AGM) Glasgow Ely
2006 Swindon (AGM) Stoke Reading
2005 Peterborough (AGM) Barry Manchester
2004 Newcastle (AGM) Birmingham
2003 Birmingham Cardiff (AGM) London
2002 Nottingham (AGM) Derby London
2001 Liverpool (AGM) Poole London
2000 Croydon (AGM) London
1999 York (AGM) Colchester Walsall
1998 Shrewsbury (AGM) Cambridge London
1997 Norwich (AGM) Halifax London
1996 Mansfield (AGM) Bicester London
1995 Exeter (AGM) Bathgate London
1994 Lincoln (AGM) Clitheroe London
1993 Ashford (AGM) Maesteg London
1992 Birmingham (AGM) Nottingham London
1991 Edinburgh (AGM) Birmingham
1990 Manchester (AGM) London
1989 Southampton (AGM) London
1988 Leicester (AGM) London
1987 Newcastle (AGM) London
1986 Cardiff (AGM) London
1985 Wakefield (AGM) London
1984 Ely (AGM) London
1983 Crewe (AGM) London
1982 Reading (AGM) London
1981 Sheffield (AGM) London
1980 Bristol (AGM) London
1979 Peterborough (AGM) London

Click HERE to see a full list of past events. Looking for something else? Check the SITEMAP


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About Railfuture

Railfuture is an independent, voluntary group representing rail users in Britain with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions, and all members have an equal say.

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. In short, a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight.

Railfuture is pro-rail but not anti-road or anti-air. However, we campaign for a switch from road and air to rail. We do not interfere in the running of the railway - we campaign for the quality and range of services provided, not how they are delivered. We are the only champion of all rail users.

Railfuture is the campaigning name of the Railway Development Society Ltd.

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