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 Association of Community Rail Partnerships, Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Association of Train Operating Companies, Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Campaign for Better Transport, Cardiff International Airport, Centro, Chester to Shrewsbury Rail Partnership, Chester-le-Track, Chiltern Railways, Corus, Cotswold Line Promotion Group, Don Valley Railway, East Midlands Trains, East West Rail Consortium, European Passengers' Federation, Eurostar, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, Grand Central, Greengauge 21, Hitachi Rail Europe, Intermodality, Kilbride Group, London Midland, London Overground Railway Operations, MyTestTrack.com, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Nottingham Express Transit, Passenger Focus, Portishead Railway Group, Rail Freight Group, Skipton East Lancs Railway Action Partnership, South West Trains, TramPower, TRANSform Scotland, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, TravelWatch East Midlands, Virgin Trains, Welsh Assembly Government

Future Events

2014/London [link]

  • 01/11/2014 A Successful Railway : Meeting The Challenge
  • Speakers:
    • Sharon Hedges, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus Twitter Image
    • Invitations have been sent to many potential speakers - awaiting confirmation
  • Venue: University of Westminster [map] Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Room: Large Lecture Theatre
    • 115 New Cavendish Street, London
    • Postcode: W1W 6UW
    • Phone: (020) 7911 5000
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 30/10/2014
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 31/08/2014.
  • Prices for London: [book]
    • £27.50 - Early bird (members only)
    • £35.00 - Members after 31st August
    • £35.00 - Non-members
    • Includes: Lunch and Conference Report

2014/Cambridge [link]

  • 21/06/2014 Rail: The Engine For Change
  • Begins at 11.00, registration from 10.00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
  • Click [HERE] to download the programme (PDF format).
  • Railfuture is grateful for sponsorship from Gonville Hotel Cambridge Twitter Image Facebook Image
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  • Venue: University Centre [map] [useful info] [tourist info]
    • Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge
    • Postcode: CB2 1RU
    • Phone: (01223) 337766
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 19/06/2014
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 30/04/2014.
  • Prices for Cambridge: [book]
    • £25.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £30.00 - Members after 30th April
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £20.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • Includes: Lunch and Conference Report
  • Click [HERE] to download a booking form (PDF format).
  • For further details about the conference please email cambridge2014@railfuture.org.uk.

2014/Sheffield (AGM) [link]

  • 10/05/2014 RDS Ltd AGM
  • Begins at 11.00, registration from 10.00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Transport Secretary and MP for Wakefield, Labour Party Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Peter Marshall, Chairman, Huddersfield Penistone Sheffield Rail Users Association
    • Chris Bell, Chairman, Don Valley Railway Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Venue: Quaker Meeting House [map] Facebook Image
    • 10 St James Street, Sheffield
    • Postcode: S1 2EW
    • Phone: (0114) 275 7390
    • Route: It is an uphill walk from Sheffield station but there is also a tram stop near the venue
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy.
    • Proxy voting is now open and must be received by the Company Secretary by 08/05/2014
    • Motions must be received by the Company Secretary by 27/04/2014
  • Refreshments are complimentary. Lunch, if required, must be purchased in advance [book].
  • Lunch Prices for Sheffield AGM: [book]
    • £9.50 - Standard Lunch

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Terms and Conditions

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Last event

2013/Oxford [link]

  • 02/11/2013 Rail Users' Conference
  • A short Extraordinary General Meeting was held immediately after Lunch.
  • See www.railfuture.org.uk/EGM2013 for further information
  • A copy of Lord Faulkner's book 'Holding the Line: How Britain's Railways Were Saved' can be ordered at a discount HERE

  • See Press Release (PDF format) about the conference and EGM.
  • Christian Wolmar, Railfuture President, Conference Chairman Twitter Image
  • Stephen Barker, Chief Project Engineer, Chiltern Railways (talked about Oxford-Marylebone 'Evergreen 3' scheme) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Lord Faulkner, Co-author of Holding the Line: How Britain's Railways Were Saved (talked about his book and about the Cotswold Line Promotion Group of which he is President)
  • Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group (talked about Rail freight and the politics of rail, incl. HS2 issues) Twitter Image
  • Chris Aldridge, Principal Strategic Planner, Network Rail (talked about Looking forward 20 years on the Western Region) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Martin Tugwell, Deputy Director (Strategy and Infrastructure Planning), Oxfordshire County Council (talked about Rail Revival in Oxfordshire and local best practice by the County Council) Twitter Image Facebook Image Stood in for Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader
  • Patrick O'Sullivan, Project Manager, East West Rail Consortium (talked about Ongoing developments on East West Rail) Twitter Image
  • Plus presentation of 2013 Rail User Group Awards

Click HERE to see a full list of past events


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About Railfuture

Railfuture is an independent, voluntary group representing rail users in the UK with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions and uses the principle of 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. In short, a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight.

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

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