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, 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.

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


Future Events

2015/Newark [link]

  • 20/06/2015
  • Jointly hosted by Railfuture East Midlands and Lincolnshire branches
  • Speakers:
  • Venue: Newark Town Hall
    • 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
  • For further details about the conference please email newark2015@railfuture.org.uk.

2015/Blackpool (AGM) [link]

  • 16/05/2015 RDS Ltd AGM
  • Hosted by Railfuture North West branch
  • 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].

2014/London [link]

  • 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
  • Speakers:
    • 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)
    • Fiona Dolman, Head of Capacity Planning, Network Operations, Network Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image
      • Speaker has had to withdraw - alternative is being sought
    • Anna Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Sharon Hedges, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus Twitter Image
    • Jenni Borg, Head of Smart and Integrated Ticketing, Department for Transport
      • Speaker has had to withdraw - alternative is being sought
    • 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)
    • The above is the full line-up of confirmed speakers
  • Click [HERE] to download the programme, including map (PDF format).
  • Venue: University of Westminster [map] Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Room: Large Lecture Theatre
      • Tiered seating and big screen
    • 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' offer for members ended on 31/08/2014 - all places now at the full price.
  • Prices for London: [book]
    • £35.00 - Members after 31st August
    • £35.00 - Non-members
    • £22.50 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • £60.00 - 2 People
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments, buffet lunch, afternoon refreshments
  • Click [HERE] to download a booking form (PDF format).
  • For further details about the conference please email london2014@railfuture.org.uk.


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london2014 and newark2015

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(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/Cambridge [link]

  • 21/06/2014 Rail: The Engine For Change
  • How a successful local economy and good rail service create a virtuous circle


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
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) London
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


 

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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
6 Carral Close
Brant Road
Lincoln
LN5 9BD

 

Page last changed on 24th October 2014.


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.

A not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.

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