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, London Midland, London Overground Railway Operations, Merseytravel, MyTestTrack.com, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Nottingham Express Transit, South West Trains, TramPower, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association and Virgin Trains.
Click HERE to see a list events and speakers for each organisation.
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2015/Blackpool (AGM) [link]
- 16/05/2015 RDS Ltd AGM
- Venue: Savoy Hotel
- Queens Promenade, Blackpool
- Postcode: FY2 9SJ
- Phone: (01253) 352561
- The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy.
- Refreshments are complimentary. Lunch, if required, must be purchased in advance [book].
- 01/11/2014 On Track for Success: The Challenges Ahead
- Plus presentation of 2014 Rail User Group Awards
- Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport
- Karen Boswell, Managing Director, East Coast
- Fiona Dolman, Head of Capacity Planning, Network Operations, Network Rail
- Anna Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Rail
- Sharon Hedges, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus
- Jenni Borg, Head of Smart and Integrated Ticketing, Department for Transport
- Invitations have been sent to other potential speakers - awaiting confirmation
- Venue: University of Westminster [map]
- 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
- Click [HERE] to download a booking form (PDF format).
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Terms and Conditions
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- 21/06/2014 Rail: The Engine For Change
- How a successful local economy and good rail service create a virtuous circle
- Railfuture is grateful for sponsorship from Gonville Hotel Cambridge
- See [Press Release] about the conference.
- David Statham, Managing Director, First Capital Connect (talked about implementation of Thameslink and its importance to high-tech Cambs)
- Paul McMahon, Director of Freight, Network Rail (talked about F2N and strategic rail freight network in general)
- Bob Menzies, Service Director Strategy and Development, Cambridgeshire County Council (talked about Cambridge Science Park station and its innovative funding)
- Jeremy Smith, Transport and Infrastructure Strategy Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council (talked about Cambridgeshire transport strategy for growth)
- Chris Starkie, Managing Director, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (talked about Putting together the East Anglia Railway Prospectus)
- George Freeman, MP for Mid-Norfolk (talked about High-tech industries in the region and Cambridge in particular and the importance of the railway to it)
- Jim Chisholm, Cambridge Cycling Campaign (talked about Cycling and Walking to stations, why the utter reliability of trip time makes it quicker than driving)
- Welcome by Councillor Gerri Bird, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Cambridge
- Read profiles of the speakers (PDF format)
Click HERE to see a full list of past events
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Page last changed on 28th June 2014.