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/Milton Keynes (AGM) [link]

  • 21/05/2016 12th RDS Ltd AGM
  • Hosted by Railfuture Thames Valley branch
  • Registration from 10:00, begins at 10:45 with speakers, AGM from 14:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
    • Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, former Transport Select Committee member (talking about East West Rail)
    • Allison Cosgrove, Chair, Railfuture Scotland (talking about Reopening of the Borders Railway in Scotland)
    • Welcome by the Worshipful the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Steve Coventry
    • Both speakers are confirmed
  • Click [HERE] to download the programme, incl. changes to Articles of Association (PDF format).
  • Venue: Jurys Inn Hotel [map]
    • Room: Suite 112/113
    • Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes
    • Postcode: MK9 2HP
    • Phone: (01908) 843700
    • Route: From Milton Keynes station it is a 10-minute walk straight ahead along Midsummer Boulevard until you reach the hotel on the right hand side
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy - there is no fee to attend.
    • Proxy voting is now open (click HERE to vote online) and must be received by the Company Secretary by 19/05/2016
    • Motions must be received by the Company Secretary by 07/05/2016
  • Click [HERE] to download the attendance/proxy form (PDF format).
  • Click [HERE] to download the AGM notice and agenda, incl. changes to Articles of Association (PDF format).
  • On this occasion Railfuture is not offering lunch. There is a Wetherspoon's pub next door which offers value-for-money breakfast and lunch.
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.

2016/Scottish Borders [link]

  • 18/06/2016
  • Hosted by Railfuture Scotland branch
  • Begins at 10:45, registration from 10:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
  • Venue: Scottish Mining Museum
    • Newtongrange, Midlothian
    • Postcode: EH22 4QN
    • Route: Short walk from Newtongrange Station, signposted from the station
  • For further details about the conference please email borders2016@railfuture.org.uk.
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 16/06/2016
  • The 'Early Bird' offer for members ended on 30/04/2016 - all places now at the full price.
  • Prices for Scottish Borders: [book]
    • £25.00 - Members after 30th April
    • £25.00 - Non-members
    • £15.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • £45.00 - 2 People
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments and buffet lunch. This conference is being subsidised by Railfuture and is £5 cheaper than normal
  • Click [HERE] to download a booking form (PDF format).

2016/Birmingham [link]

  • 12/11/2016
  • Hosted by Railfuture West Midlands branch
  • 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 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. There is also the annual Rail User Group Awards
  • Venue: The Priory Rooms
    • Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham
    • Postcode: B4 6AF
    • Phone: (0121) 236 2317
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 10/11/2016
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 31/08/2016.
  • Prices for Birmingham: [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

Additional Railfuture National Conferences - Dates for your diary

  • 20/05/2017 - Peterborough Central Library, 36-40 Broadway, Peterborough (AGM)

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Conference Fees (7 options)

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

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

2015/Bristol [link] - [Read Conference Report]

  • 07/11/2015 Rail Resurgence in the West of England
  • Plus presentation of 2015 Rail User Group Awards - co-presented by Railfuture president Christian Wolmar

  • Hosted by Railfuture Severnside branch
  • Read a [Press Release] about the conference.
  • Listen to a [Radio Interview] about the conference.
  • Matthew Golton, Bid Director, Great Western Railway (talked about plans for the franchise Direct Award) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • James White, Transport and Rail Co-ordinator, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (talked about the MetroWest project) Twitter Image
  • James Freeman, FirstBus (talked about Bus/Rail integration) Facebook Image
  • John Parry, Parry People Movers (talked about the intermediate mode - the gap between heavy rail and bus)
  • Peter Wakefield, Chairman, East Anglia branch, Railfuture (talked about how a consistent voice can drive progress between councils, LEPs etc.)
  • Gerard Duddridge, Chairman, Devon & Cornwall branch, Railfuture (talked about speed and resilience in the South West)

Past events for each year

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

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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Annual Rates: £18 adults, £14 concessions

It's not necessary to join Railfuture as a member to support our work and campaigns. But it would help our campaigns even more, not just financially but also our influence, if you become a member.

Click here to apply to join. You can pay immediately with your credit or debit card or PayPal account.

Further information about the benefits of Railfuture membership, including packages for local authorities, parish councils, businesses and other organisations, can be obtained by e-mailing membership@railfuture.org.uk or write to:

Membership Secretary
1 Queens Road
Barnetby le Wold
North Lincs
DN38 6JH

(Our previous membership address was at Brant Road in Lincoln. If you have sent membership correspondence there, don't worry, it will be forwarded.)


Page last changed on 24th April 2016.

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.

A not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 5011634.

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