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Events

The list below includes free or low-price events for volunteers such as Railfuture members, as well as expensive conferences organised by professionals.

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2015


April


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27 April 2015. Monday. Close of consultation on Rail Penalty Fares: changes to appeals process. More info: Penalties

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28 April 2015. Tuesday. "A career and interest in railways 1950-2014". Speaker: Gordon Pettitt, former General Manager of Southern Region and Director of Provincial/Regional Railways. Location. Woking, GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info: RCTS

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28 April 2015. Tuesday. Consultation closes on draft East Midlands Route Study. More info: EMRS

30 April 2015. Thursday. Rail Safety Summit at Royal College of Physicians, London. More info: RSS

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30 April 2015. Thursday. Final day of members-only discount for Railfuture summer conference in Newark. More info: conferences

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30 April. Thursday. Ballot for election of three Directors closes. More info: Ballot 2015

30 April 2015. Thursday. Remembrance Line Association members' meeting. United Reformed Church Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QL. 19.30. More info: RLA

May


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1 May 2015. Friday. Start of services between London and Marseille, via Lille, Lyon, Avignon.

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1 May 2015. Friday. Public consultation meetings on East West Rail crossings at Aspley Guise village hall, MK17 8JH. 16.00-20.00. More info: NwR and in Project Progress, March 2015 update 8 at EWR

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2-4 May 2015. Saturday-Monday. Public holiday weekend route improvement works - only 5% of network affected. Check before you travel. More info: MayBH

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2 May 2015. Saturday. Finance and Corporate Governance group. London. Contact: Company Secretary

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5 May 2015. Tuesday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. The Sportsman, Severn Street, Newtown. 18.45. More info: SARPA

7 May 2015. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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7 May 2015. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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9 May 2015. Saturday. Peterborough-Ely-Norwich Rail Users Group AGM. Thetford. 10.30. More info: PENRUG

9 May 2015. Saturday. Huddersfield, Penistone & Sheffield Rail Users' Association AGM. Guest speaker Christian Wolmar. Stocksmoor Village Hall, Station Road, Stocksmoor, Huddersfield, HD4 6XN. 14.00.

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11 May 2015. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, East Sussex. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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11 May 2015. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail. New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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11 May 2015. Monday. "Freight on Britain's railways - the Network Rail view". Speaker: Andy Saunders, NR Freight Route Manager. Location: Ipswich, IP2 8DF. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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12 May 2015. Tuesday. "Rail safety and standards". Speaker: Mark Phillips, RSSB. Location: Holiday Inn, West Drayton UB7 0JU. 18.00 for 18.15 start, to 20.15. Booking not required for this free event. More info: CILT

12 May 2015. Tuesday. Stourbridge Line User Group AGM. Severn Valley Railway Kidderminster station. 19.30. More info: SLUG

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12-14 May 2015. Tuesday-Thursday. Railtex exhibition at NEC, Birmingham. More info: Railtex

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12-15 May 2015. Tuesday-Friday. Aslef annual assembly. Park Inn, Southend. More info: Aslef

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13 May 2015. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division. Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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13 May 2015. Wednesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign. Unit 5, Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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14 May 2015. Thursday. Public consultation meetings on East West Rail crossings at Stewartby village hall, MK43 9LX. 16.00-20.00. More info: Project Progress, March 2015 update 8 at EWR

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16 May 2015. Saturday. National AGM. Blackpool. More info: conferences

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16 May 2015. Saturday. Cotswold Line Promotion Group AGM. WI Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh. 10.30. More info: CLPG

16 May 2015. Saturday. Friends of the West Highland Lines AGM. Speakers from Abellio and Serco. Regent Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban, PA34 5PZ. 12.00. More info: FoWHL

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16 May 2015. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association AGM, with speaker from Abellio Greater Anglia. St. Mary's Church Hall, Woodbridge. 14.00. More info: ESTA

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17 May 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

17 May 2015. Sunday. Friends of the Barton Line lunch at The Coliseum Picture Theatre, 26-28 High Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8JN. 12.15. More info: FoBL

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19 May 2015. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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19 May 2015. Tuesday. "Nottingham Express Transit - the story so far". Speaker: Phil Hewitt, CE Tramlink Nottingham Ltd. Location: Redhill RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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20 May 2015. Wednesday. Scottish Transport Applications and Research conference at Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. More info: STAR

20 May 2015. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line. No.1 Pub, Railway Station, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AX. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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20-22 May 2015. Wednesday-Friday. Air-Rail in The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto. More info: AR

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21 May 2015. Thursday. Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers' Association (Railfuture affiliate) open AGM, WI Hall, Station Road, Edenbridge, TN8 5LX. 19.00.

23-31 May 2015. Saturday-Sunday. Throughout this holiday, and the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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23 May 2015. Saturday. London & South East regional branch, Kent Division meeting in Faversham. 14.00. More info: Kent

26 May 2015. Tuesday. Felixstowe TravelWatch public meeting. Speaker: David Cattermole, MD Galloway European Coaches. Salvation Army church, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7EL. 19.30. More info: FTW

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28 May 2015. Thursday. Closing date for submission of bids for next TransPennine Express franchise. More info: TPE and ITT

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30 May 2015. Saturday. Board meeting, Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

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31 May 2015. Sunday. Abellio Greater Anglia's Metro services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield to be transferred to Crossrail concession operator. More info:crossrail

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31 May 2015. Sunday. Abellio Greater Anglia's inner West Anglia services to/from Chingford and to/from Enfield Town/Cheshunt become part of London's Overground network.

June


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Birmingham New Street station redevelopment, final phase completes. More info: BNS

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New East Anglia franchise short-listed bidders due to be announced.

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1 June 2015. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail. New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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2 June 2015. Tuesday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. The Railway Station, Shrewsbury. 17.45. More info: SARPA

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2 June 2015. Tuesday. "The Network South East story". Speaker: Chris Green. Location: Watford, WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS. Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop: NSE

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3 June 2015. Wednesday. National Station Adoption seminar. Manchester. More info: ACoRP

3 June 2015. Wednesday. Infrastructure and planning in Scotland seminar in Edinburgh. 08.30-13.00. More info: SPC

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4 June 2015. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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4 June 2015. Thursday. Public consultation meetings on East West Rail crossings at Lidlington village hall. 16.00-20.00. More info: Project Progress, March 2015 update 8 at EWR

4 June 2015. Thursday. Don Valley Railway drop-in meeting. The Harlequin, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG. 19.00. More info: DVR

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8 June 2015. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, East Sussex. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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8 June 2015. Monday. "Southeastern railways update". Speaker: Richard Dean, Train Services Director. Location: Ashford TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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9 June 2015. Tuesday. Close of consultation on Wales Route Study. More info: WalesRS

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10 June 2015. Wednesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign. Unit 5, Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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10 June 2015. Wednesday. "Great Western upgrade + IEP". Speaker: Stuart Baker. Location: Cardiff, CF15 8DF. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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19 June 2015. Friday. Friends of the Far North Line AGM. Guest speaker from Abellio. 11.00. More info: FoFNL

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20 June 2015. Saturday. National conference in Newark. More info: conferences

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23 June 2015. Tuesday. 23rd annual Rail Freight Group conference at Stephenson Harwood, London. 08.45-17.00. More info: Waterfront

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23 June 2015. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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25 June 2015. Thursday. Public consultation meetings on East West Rail crossings at Bow Brickhill village hall, MK17 9JB. 16.00-20.00. More info: Project Progress, March 2015 update 8 at EWR

26 June 2015. Friday. Railway Industry Innovation Awards at Fourth Friday Club, London. 12.00-15.30. More info: 4FC

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26 June 2015. Friday. Public consultation meetings on East West Rail crossings at Woburn Sands Summerlin Centre, MK17 8SG. 16.00-20.00. More info: Project Progress, March 2015 update 8 at EWR

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26 June 2015. Friday. Closing date for submission of bids for next Northern franchise. More info: Nthn and ITT

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27 June 2015. Saturday. East Anglia branch meeting. 14.00. More info: EA

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27 June 2015. Saturday. Passenger group meeting at Birmingham Guides Centre. 11.00. Contact: RfPA

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27 June 2015. Saturday. Policy Directorate meeting at Birmingham Guides Centre. 14.00. Contact: RfPD

July


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4-5 July 2015. Saturday-Sunday. 30th anniversary of closure of Eridge-Tunbridge Wells. More info: SVR. See also Double-Thumpers.

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6 July 2015. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail. New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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7 July 2015. Tuesday. "HS2 update". Location: Merseyrail, Liverpool, L1 1JF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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8 July 2015. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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8 July 2015. Wednesday. Rail Station Regeneration and Development conference at Dentons, London. More info: RSRD

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11 July 2015. Saturday. Railfuture stall at Uckfield Festival 'Big Day', promoting Wealden Line Extension and Thameslink-2. More info: Big Day plus WLE and TL2

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11 July 2015. Saturday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Wharf station, Tywyn, Talyllyn Railway. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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13 July 2015. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, East Sussex. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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15 July 2015. Wednesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign. Unit 5, Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

15 July 2015. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line AGM. The Sloop Inn, 81 Waterside Road, Barton-on-Humber, DN18 5BA. 18.00 for 20.00 meeting. More info: FoBL

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15-17 July 2015. Wednesday-Friday. RailNewcastle conference. More info: RN

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16 July 2015. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

23 July to 2 September 2015. Thursday-Wednesday. Throughout this summer holiday, and the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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25 July 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 10.45. More info: Herts and Beds

26 July 2015. Sunday. Absorption of South Central (Southern) franchise into combined Govia Thameslink Railway management contract.

August


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Invitation To Tender (ITT) for new East Anglia franchise expected.

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1 August 2015. Saturday. International meeting at Tunbridge Suite, Westgate Church Centre, Peterborough PE1 1RG. 12.30-16.30. Contact: RfIG

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3 August 2015. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail. New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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4 August 2015. Tuesday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. The White Lion, Machynlleth. 18.55. More info: SARPA

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4 August 2015. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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15 August 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent Division meeting in Tunbridge Wells. 14.00. More info: Kent

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22 August 2015. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. London. Contact: Company Secretary

29-31 August 2015. Saturday-Monday. Throughout this Bank holiday weekend, and the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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31 August 2015. Monday. Final day of members-only discount for Railfuture conference in Bristol. More info: conferences

September


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Target date for Royal Assent for the Hybrid Bill for phase 1 of HS2, containing legal powers to construct and operate.

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3 September 2015. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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6 September 2015. Sunday. Borders Railway opens. More info: Borders

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6 September 2015. Sunday. Train services start between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway as the first stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 project. More info: CR

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9 September 2015. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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12 September 2015. Saturday. Board meeting, London. Contact: Company Secretary

12 September 2015. Saturday. Night Tube services begin on five London Underground lines. More info: LUL

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15 September 2015. Tuesday. Developing UK Freight seminar in London. weetf

16 September 2015. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line. No.1 Pub, Railway Station, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AX. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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19 September 2015. Saturday. East Anglia branch meeting. 14.00. More info: EA

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19 September 2015. Saturday. Infrastructure & Networks Group. London.

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21 September 2015. Monday. "Chiltern Railways - a railway success story". Speaker: Andrew Munden, Safety & Operations Director. Location: Shenfield, CM15 8LB. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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26 September 2015. Saturday. Railfuture passenger group meeting at Friends of the Earth, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5TH. 13.00. Contact: RfPA

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27-30 September 2015. Sunday-Wednesday. Labour party conference. More info: Lab

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28-30 September 2015. Monday-Wednesday. European Transport Conference at Campus Westend, Goethe University, Frankfurt. More info: AET

October


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1 October 2015. Thursday. Community Rail Awards. Torquay. More info: ACoRP

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6 October 2015. Tuesday. "Great Western renaissance". Speaker: Mark Hopwood, MD FGW. Location. Watford, WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS

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10 October 2015. Saturday. Autumn meeting in parish church hall, Aldeburgh. 14.00. More info: ESTA

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17 October 2015. Saturday. Wales branch meeting. Shrewsbury. tbc. More info: Wales

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31 October 2015. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. London. Contact: Company Secretary

November


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7 November 2015. Saturday. National conference, and annual Rail User Group Awards. Bristol. More info: conferences

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11 November 2015. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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17 November 2015. Tuesday. "The Annual Scottish Rail Event: the Thornton Junction-Levenmouth Rail Link". Speaker: Dr Allen Armstrong, Secretary LMRC. Location: Edinburgh EH2 3HB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking not required for this free event. More info: CILT and LMRC

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21 November 2015. Saturday. Board meeting, Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

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21 November 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting at Canterbury. 14.00. More info: Kent

27 November 2015. Friday. Golden Spanner Awards at Fourth Friday Club, London. 09.00-15.30. More info: 4FC

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28-29 November 2015. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at Warley National 2015. Birmingham. More info: NEC

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28 November 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 10.45. More info: Herts and Beds

December


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New TransPennine Express and Northern franchise operators due to be announced, starting April 2016.

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5 December 2015. Saturday. East Anglia branch meeting. 14.00. More info: EA

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5 December 2015. Saturday. Railfuture passenger group meeting at International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, London WC1N 1AS. 13.00. Contact: RfPA

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7 December 2015. Monday. "Network Rail up to date". Speaker: Dave Ward, Director, Network Rail South East Route. Location: Ashford TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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13 December 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2016


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Introduction of first new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

January


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8 January 2016. Friday. 20th anniversary of the start of services at Ashford International.

February


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13 February 2016. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. More info: Company Secretary

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27 February 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. London. Contact: Company Secretary

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Train services between London Marylebone and Oxford as the second stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen3 project. More info: CR

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1 April 2016. Friday. Start of new TransPennine Express and Northern franchises.

May


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ORR expected to begin PR18, periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024) with first consultation.

5 May 2016. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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7 May 2016. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. Contact: Company Secretary

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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21 May 2016. Saturday. National AGM. Milton Keynes.

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28 May 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

June


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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced, starting October.

July


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ORR expected to hold stakeholder workshops for PR18, periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

August


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Timetable revisions: Southeastern services to/from Charing Cross resume calls at London Bridge; services to Cannon Street cease calls at London Bridge. More info: TLP

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27 August 2016. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. Contact: Company Secretary

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Network Rail expected to publish Initial Industry Plans for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.

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10 September 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. London. Contact: Company Secretary

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16 October 2016. New East Anglia franchise due to commence.

November


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Transport for London's first London Overground concession, for orbital network, expires.

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12 November 2016. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. Contact: Company Secretary

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26 November 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

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Start of services between London and Amsterdam, via Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Schiphol Airport.

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2017


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East West Rail services start from Oxford to Bletchley. More info: EWR

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Construction period for phase 1 of HS2 planned to start this year.

February


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ORR expected to issue formal Advice to Ministers on Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

May


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Crossrail class 345 rolling stock to be introduced to Liverpool Street-Shenfield services. More info: crossrail

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections.

July


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Secretary of State for Transport, and Scottish Ministers, expected to publish High-Level Output Specifications (HLOS) and Statements of Funds Available (SoFA) for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

November


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14 November 2017. 10th anniversary of the start of services in and out of St. Pancras International, transferring from Waterloo International.

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19 November 2017. 10th anniversary of the start of services at Ebbsfleet International.

December


Planned start of passenger services on East-West Rail Link between Oxford and Bedford. More info: EWR

2018


January


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Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) expected to be published.

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Office of Rail Regulation expected to invite comments on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.

February


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Office of Rail Regulation expected to hold workshop on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.
Close of expected ORR stakeholder consultation on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

May


3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport to be transferred to Crossrail concession operator. More info: crossrail

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Office of Rail Regulation expected to publish its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.

August


4 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on scheduled BR mainline public service. More info: Publicsteam50

11 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on BR mainline. More info: Railtoursteam50 and Steamrailways-BBC4 and 'The Railway'

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Close of expected consultation on ORR's draft determination of Network Rail's Strategic Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

October


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Office of Rail Regulation due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

December


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Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: crossrail

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Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.

2019


February


23 February 2019. Saturday. 50th anniversary of most recent passenger trains between Uckfield and Lewes.

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31 March 2019. Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to be published by this date.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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Services start between London Paddington and Shenfield. More info: crossrail

December


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Services start between Reading/Heathrow and Abbey Wood/Shenfield. More info: crossrail

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Services start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

2022


December


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10 December 2022. Saturday. Planned official re-opening of services between Uckfield and Lewes. More info: Bridge the gap: connect East Sussex

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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change and planned public re-opening of services between Uckfield, Lewes and Sussex coast towns.

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its national AGM for members). 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 conferences at a discounted rate if booked early.

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