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, 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 and Virgin Trains East Coast.

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

2015/Blackpool (AGM) [link]

  • 16/05/2015 RDS Ltd AGM
  • Hosted by Railfuture North West branch
  • Registration from 10:00, begins at 10:45 with speakers, AGM from 14:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • Stephen McFarlane, Head of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, HS2 Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Welcome by the Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Val Haynes and the Consort Alan Haynes
    • Unfortunately the Blackpool Transport speaker is no longer available, additional speakers are still being sought
  • Venue: Savoy Hotel
    • Room: Derby Suite
    • Queens Promenade, Blackpool
    • Postcode: FY2 9SJ
    • Phone: (01253) 352561
    • Route: From Blackpool North station it is a 20-25 minute walk, a bus ride or walk/bus and tram ride
  • 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 14/05/2015
    • Motions must be received by the Company Secretary by 03/05/2015
  • Refreshments are complimentary. Lunch, if required, must be purchased in advance [book].
  • Lunch Prices for Blackpool AGM: [book]
    • £9.50 - Standard Lunch

2015/Newark [link]

  • 20/06/2015
  • Jointly hosted by Railfuture East Midlands and Lincolnshire branches
  • Begins at 10:45, registration from 10:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • David Horne, Managing Director, Virgin Trains East Coast
    • Representative from East Midlands Trains Twitter Image Facebook Image
      • EMT's Managing Director, David Horne, has been appointed MD of the new Virgin Trains East Coast franchise. As a result there will be a new EMT speaker
    • Andy Castledine, Head of Operations and Performance, Stagecoach Rail (talking about future franchises)
    • Graham Botham, Principal Strategic Planner (LNE and EM), Network Rail (talking about East Coast capacity upgrades) Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Roger Blaney, Chairman, Newark and Sherwood District Council Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Steve Barber, Broxtowe Borough Council (talking about NET2 Nottingham Tramway Extension) Twitter Image Facebook Image
      • He was awarded Campaigner of the year for his success in gaining government approval for NET2
    • Representative from Great Central Railway (talking about Reunification project at Loughborough) Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Additional speakers are still being sought
  • Venue: Newark Town Hall
    • Room: The Ballroom
    • Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire
    • Postcode: NG24 1DU
    • Phone: (01636) 680333
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 18/06/2015
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 30/04/2015.
  • Prices for Newark: [book]
    • £25.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £30.00 - Members after 30th April
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £20.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments and buffet lunch
  • For further details about the conference please email newark2015@railfuture.org.uk.

2015/Bristol [link]

  • 07/11/2015 Rail Resurgence in the West of England
  • Hosted by Railfuture Severnside branch
  • Begins at 10:45, registration from 10:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • Matthew Golton, Bid Director, First Great Western (talking about extension of the current franchise) Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • James White, Transport and Rail Co-ordinator, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (talking about the MetroWest project) Twitter Image
    • James Freeman, FirstBus (talking about Bus/Rail integration)
    • John Parry (or a colleague), Parry People Movers (talking about a new concept of train-trams)
    • Peter Wakefield, Chairman, East Anglia branch, Railfuture (talking about how a consistent voice can drive progress between councils, LEPs etc.)
    • Two MPs have been invited but cannot confirm until after the General Election. The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, has also been invited but has not confirmed yet
  • Venue: Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa
    • Redcliff Hill, Bristol
    • Postcode: BS1 6SQ
    • Phone: (01179) 689900
    • Email: H6698@Accor.com
    • Route: It's a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads station
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 05/11/2015
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 31/08/2015.
  • Prices for Bristol: [book]
    • £25.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £30.00 - Members after 31st August
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £20.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments and buffet lunch
  • For further details about the conference please email bristol2015@railfuture.org.uk.

Additional Railfuture National Conferences - Dates for your diary

  • 12/11/2016 - The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham
  • 18/06/2016 - Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange, Midlothian

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Conference Fees (7 options)

A conference fee discount is available for groups - please contact by e-mail for price:
bristol2015 and newark2015

If you are not a member, you can book the next conference and join Railfuture at the same time - you'll get a special discount

Newark Conference Plus Join Railfuture 'Combo' Fees (8 options)

(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

2014/London [link] - [Read Conference Report]

  • 01/11/2014 On Track for Success: The Challenges Ahead
  • Plus presentation of 2014 Rail User Group Awards - co-presented by Railfuture president Christian Wolmar

  • Hosted by Railfuture London and South East branch
  • See [Press Release] about the conference.
  • Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport Twitter Image
    • Address is via a pre-recorded video for the Railfuture conference on the big screen
  • Karen Boswell, Managing Director, East Coast Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Has just won the prestigious Woman of the Year Award (Hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism)
  • Ian Brown, Director, Railfuture (and former Managing Director of TfL London Rail) (talked about Annual Big Picture lecture on Crossrail he gave on 29th October)
    • Replaced Fiona Dolman, Network Rail's Head of Capacity Planning, Network Operations
  • Anna Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Sharon Hedges, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus Twitter Image
  • Trevor Birch, Strategic Programme Manager for the South East Future Ticketing Programme, Department for Transport
    • Speaker replaces Jenni Borg, Head of Smart and Integrated Ticketing, who had to withdraw
  • Stefanie Browne, News & Features Writer, RAIL Magazine Twitter Image
  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport & Deputy Chair of Transport for London Twitter Image
    • Will open conference via a pre-recorded video for Railfuture conference
  • Read profiles of the speakers (PDF format)

Past events for each year

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

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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Page last changed on 9th April 2015.

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 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 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 outputs not the inputs. We are the only champion of all rail users.

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

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