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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.

More details about Railfuture conferences are here: Railfuture conferences

2016


July


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EAST ANGLIA new franchise operator due to be announced, starting 16 October for 9 years.
SOUTH WESTERN new franchise Invitation To Tender (ITT) issued to short-listed bidders; bids to be submitted by 7 September. New franchise award due in February, for start in June 2017.
WEST MIDLANDS new franchise Invitation To Tender expected. New franchise award due in June, for start in October 2017.
WEST COAST new franchise Expressions of Interest (EoI) expected to be invited from potential bidders; see current consultation on next InterCity West Coast franchise, closing 2 August; Invitation to Tender to short-listed bidders due in November.

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ORR begins PR18, Periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024) with initial consultation closing 10 August.
More info: Promoting a dynamic and commercially sustainable rail sector and a safer more efficient and better-performing railway and adapting how ORR regulates Network Rail.
ORR expected to hold stakeholder workshops for PR18.

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16 - 30 July 2016. Saturday to Saturday. Closure of Shepperton branch and Strawberry Hill line services for drainage upgrade works. More info: Fulwell

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23 - 31 July 2016. Saturday to Sunday. First Busk-in-London Festival. More info: Busk

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23 July - 4 September 2016. Saturday to Sunday. During this school summer holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events.
Also, see Stay safe-1 and Stay safe-2, and watch Reality check

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30 July 2016. Saturday. Infrastructure & Networks Group meeting. Newcourt, Exeter. Email: Secretary.

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30 July to 7 August 2016. Saturday to Sunday. Rail services suspended between Leamington Spa-Banbury-Bicester North, and between Banbury and Oxford and Hanborough and Oxford, for route improvement works.
More info: NR-be prepared and NR1 and NR2 and NR3 and NR4 and CR and NRES

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30 July - 14 August 2016. Saturday to Sunday. Rail services suspended between Oxford and Didcot Parkway for flood alleviation works. More info: NR and NRES

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South Eastern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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2 August 2016. Tuesday. "Full Steam Ahead" on BBC2 TV. Episode 1 of 6. 01.35-02.35. More info: BBC2

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2 August 2016. Tuesday. Close of consultation on next InterCity West Coast franchise. More info: ICWC

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4 August 2016. Thursday. "Full Steam Ahead" on BBC2 TV. Episode 3 of 6. 20.00-21.00. More info: BBC2

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5 August 2016. Friday. Close of National Infrastructure Commission's call for evidence on Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford growth corridor.

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6 - 10 August 2016. Saturday to Wednesday. Worcestershire service alterations. More info: Worcester-Droitwich Spa signalling upgrade

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6 August 2016. Saturday. Drop-in event for Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh residents. Ritchie Memorial Hall, 35 Hursley Rd, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2FS. 12.00-16.00. More info: Eastleigh level crossing

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6 August 2016. Saturday. "Full Steam Ahead" on BBC2 TV. Episode 2 of 6. 16.20-17.20. More info: BBC2

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6 August 2016. Saturday. "Full Steam Ahead" on BBC2 TV. Episode 3 of 6. 19.30-20.30. More info: BBC2

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7 August 2016. Sunday. Glasgow Queen Street High Level station partially reopens after 20-week closure for major upgrade works. More info: GQS-early

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8 August 2016. Monday. Glasgow Queen Street High Level station fully reopens after 20-week closure for major upgrade works. More info: GQS-NR and GQS-SR

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8 August 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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8 August 2016. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting at New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2JN. 19.30 More info: RVR

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9 August 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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10 August 2016. Saturday. Drop-in event for Cleland residents. Senior Citizen Centre, Main St, Cleland, Motherwell, ML1 5QW. 16.00-19.00. More info: Cleland bridge

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10 August 2016. Wednesday. Close of initial consultation on Periodic review 2018 (PR18). More info: PR18-1 and PR18-2.

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13 August 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association meeting at the Railway Hotel, Borth. 12.15. More info: SARPA

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15 August 2016. Monday. Public drop-in event for Corby residents about 10 September to 24 October line closure. Corby station. 07.00-18.00.

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16 August 2016. Tuesday. Action for Rail day. Ascot, Barrow-in-Furness 06.45-09.00, Birmingham New Street, Brighton, Derby, Glasgow Central 07.00-09.00 and 17.00 onwards, Edinburgh Waverley 07.00-09.00, Hastings, Hove, Ilford 08.00-10.00, King’s Lynn, Lewes, Lincoln, Liverpool Lime Street 07.30-09.30, Brighton London Road, London Waterloo (Exit 5)08.00 onwards, Manchester Piccadilly 07.30-09.30, Merthyr Tydfil, Moulscoomb, Newcastle Central 08.00-09.30, Peterborough 07.30-09.00, Portslade, Preston Park 06.00-09.15 and 17.00-20.00, Slough, St Leonards, Tamworth 07.30-9.00 and 17.30-19.00, Telford 17.00 onwards, Windsor & Eton Riverside, Wolverhampton 07.00-09.00, Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill, Worthing. More information: afr

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18 August 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign meeting at The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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19 August 2016. Friday. Start of London's Night Tube services, on Central on Victoria lines. More info: N-Tube

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20 August 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting at Christ Church United Reformed Church, Littlecourt Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2JG. 250 yards from station. 14.00. More info: Kent

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20 August 2016. Saturday. Finance & Corporate Governance and Operations Groups joint meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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26 August 2016. Friday. Final day for written submissions on Bus Services Bill to House of Commons transport committee. HoCTC

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27 - 29 August 2016. Saturday-Monday. Train services affected by reconstruction of 140-year-old Station Road bridge, Hucknall. More info: NwR-Hucknall

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27 August - 1 September 2016. Saturday to Thursday. Major timetable revisions affecting London Bridge services.
More info: TLP and SEAug2016-1 and SEAug2016-2
What it means for Sussex passengers: Sussex;
What it means for Kent and south-east London passengers: Kent & SE London

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29 August 2016. Monday. Bank Holiday opening of first section of new concourse at London Bridge station. More info: London Bridge

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31 August 2016. Wednesday. Final date of members-only discount for Autumn conference, including presentation of annual Rail User Group Awards, in Birmingham, on Saturday 12 November. More info: conferences and RUG Awards

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Network Rail expected to publish Initial Industry Plans for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation. More info: PR18

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East Midlands new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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1 September 2016. Thursday. Copy date for letters and articles for October 2016 issue no.149. Email to: Editor

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3 September 2016. Saturday. Closing date for nominations for Rail User Group Awards 2016, to be presented at autumn conference in Birmingham on Saturday 12 November.

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5 September 2016. Monday. Parliament returns, until 15 September.

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5 September 2016. Monday. "What now for airport expansion in the south-east?" London. More info: WEETF

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7 September 2016. Wednesday. Institute of Engineering and Technology. "Crossrail". Leatherhead, KT24 6QT. 10.00-12.00. More info: IET

8 September 2016. Thursday. Digital Rail conference in London. More info: DR

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8 September 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

9 September 2016. Friday. Closing date for 'Call for ideas' for Lord Heseltine's Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission. More info: Call4ideas

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

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10 September 2016. Saturday. Start of Kettering-Corby line closure until 24 October for improvement works. More info: line closure.

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10 September 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Railway ramble from Bow Brickhill at 13.35 to Woburn Sands. No charge just turn up on the day. Buy your own rail tickets. Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Association. More info: BBRUA

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10 September 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association meeting at the Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool. 11.30. More info: SARPA

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12 September - 21 October 2016. Monday-Friday. Severn Tunnel closed for works to accommodate new electric trains. More info: NR-1 and NR-2 and NR-3 and GWR

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12 September 2016. Monday. "Sustaining the future. Railway Division Chair's address". London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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12 September 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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14 September 2016. Wednesday. UK rail industry forum. London. More info: WF

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14 September 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Email: SW

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14 September 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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15 September 2016. Thursday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport/Policy Forum for Wales: "The future for transprt policy in Wales". Location: Cardiff. 08.30-13.00. Booking required for this event. More info: CILT, bookings via PFfW

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15 September 2016. Thursday. "Human factors in transport: keeping transport safe, efficient, and cost-effective". London SW1H 9JJ. 09.00 to 17.30. More info: IMechE

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15 September 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign meeting at The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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17 September 2016. Saturday. Start of autumn/winter route improvement works to Great Eastern Main Line. More info: GEML

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17 September 2016. Saturday. Lincolnshire branch meeting at Saxilby Methodist Church, Main Street, Saxilby LN1 2HA. 13.00. Contact: RfL

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18 September 2016. Sunday. Railfuture stall at Haywards Heath Railway Station 175th Anniversary. More info: HH175

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19 September 2016. Monday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport/Association of Railway Executives: Mark Carne, Network Rail. 18.30-21.30. More info: CILT and ARE

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19 September 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West Midlands branch. "Vivarail and the State-of-the-Art New Trains". Location: Coventry, CV5 8GJ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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20 September 2016. Tuesday. Railfuture Thames Valley meeting at The Chamber, Bicester Town Council, The Garth, Launton Road, Bicester OX26 6PS. Speaker: Martin Tugwell, director of Heartland Strategic Transport Forum. 18.00 for 18.30. Email: RFTV

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20-23 September 2016. Tuesday-Friday. InnoTrans. Berlin. More info: InnoTrans

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20 September 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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21 September 2016. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meet at The No.1 Inn, Cleethorpes. 19.00. More info: FoBL; Email: eFoBL

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22 September 2016. Thursday. Close of consultation on West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study. More info:WMCRS

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23 September 2016. Friday. Institute of Engineering and Technology. Visit Network Rail/SWT Training Centre. Basingstoke, RG21 4FS. 09.45-15.00. More info: IET

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23 September 2016. Friday. End of four-month part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line, South Tottenham-Barking, for platform-lengthening and electrification works.
More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL

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24 September 2016. Saturday. Start of four-month full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works.
More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL; also GOBLIN-NR and GOBLIN-TfL

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24 September 2016. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. Birmingham. Contact: RfPA

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24 September 2016. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia meeting in Norwich Friends Meeting House, NR2 1EW. More info: RFEA

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26 September 2016. Monday. "High Speed rail technologies". London SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

26 September 2016. Monday. Harrow Public Transport Users' Association AGM. Baptist Church, College Road, Harrow. 19.30.

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28 September 2016. Wednesday. LMRC meeting. Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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29 September 2016. Thursday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Young Professionals Forum seminar - Leading the way". Location: Leicester, LE1 5BL. 10.30-17.00. Booking required for this event. More info: CILT

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29 September 2016. Thursday. Community Rail Awards. Southport. More info: ACoRP

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30 September 2016. Friday. Women in Rail's Big Rail Diversity Challenge, in Leicestershire. More info: WIR

October


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Cross Country franchise ends, start of anticipated Direct Award until start of new franchise expected in October 2019.

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3 October 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South East branch. "London Bridge update". Speaker: James Elford, Costain Construction Project Manager. Location: Ashford, TN23 1RD. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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5-7 October 2016. Wednesday-Friday. European Transport conference in Barcelona. More info: ETC

6 October 2016. Thursday. Rail Vehicles and Enhancements 2016. Pride Park, Riverside, Derby. 09.00-16.30. More info: RVE2016

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6 October 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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6 October 2016. Thursday. Capital Rail Action Group meeting. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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8 October 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association AGM at the White Lion, Machynlleth. 11.00. More info: SARPA

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10 October 2016. Monday. Parliament returns, until 8 November.

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10 October 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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11 October 2016. Tuesday. "Sustainability: business benefits to rail". London, SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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12 October 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Email: SW

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12 October 2016. Wednesday. LMRC meeting. Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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16 October 2016. Sunday. Abellio Greater Anglia franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension) OR new 9-year East Anglia franchise commences (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension).

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17 October 2016. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group AGM. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HR. 19.00-21.00 More info: ALRUG

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18 October 2016. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Rail freight". Speaker: Maggie Simpson, Executive Director, Rail Freight Group. 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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19 October 2016. Wednesday. "Transport-led development in the Midlands". Birmingham. More info: WF

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20 October 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign meeting at The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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20 October 2016. Thursday. "Sustaining the future. Railway Division Chair's address". The Hazeley Academy, Milton Keynes, MK8 0PT. 17.00 to 19.30. More info: IMechE

22 October 2016. Saturday. National Council for Inland Transport AGM at the East Anglian Railway Museum, next to Chappel and Wakes Colne station. 14.00. ncit

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22-30 October 2016. Saturday to Sunday. During this school half term holiday week, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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24 October 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Sussex branch. "The Brighton Main Line". Location: Brighton BN1 4QS. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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24 October 2016. Monday. Copy date for letters and articles for December 2016 issue no.150. Email to: Editor

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25 October 2016. Tuesday. "Next steps for National Infrastructure Planning and delivery of major projects" London. More info: WEETF

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25 October 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

26 October 2016. Wednesday. Dartmoor Railway Supporters' Association meeting with talk. King's Arms, Tedburn St. Mary, Exeter, EX6 6EG. 19.10 for 19.30 start. More info: DRSA

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28 October 2016. Friday. Institute of Engineering and Technology. "Crossrail: opening a new railway - a 21st century challenge". Bracknell & Wokingham College, Bracknell, RG12 1RH. 19.00-21.00. More info: IET

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28-30 October 2016. Friday-Sunday. Exporail Moscow. More info: exporail

November


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West Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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South Eastern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement.

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1 November 2016. Tuesday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association meeting at The Sportsman, Severn Street, Newtown. 18.50. More info: SARPA

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1 November 2016. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "The InterCity story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD. Location: University of Strathclyde, G1 1QE. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT
Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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2 November 2016. Monday. Institute of Engineering and Technology. "Crossrail Learning Legacy: Sharing the Programme Management learnings from a major infrastructure project". London, WC2R 0BL. 19.00-21.00. More info: IET

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3 November 2016. Thursday. "The future of London’s transport strategy". London. More info: PFfL

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3 November 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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3 November 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch. "Discontinued! Gaps in Britain's Rail Policy". Speaker: Chris Austin OBE, former senior manager with BR and SRA. Location: Milton Keynes MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS
Buy his books, co-authored with Lord Richard Faulkner, "Holding the line - how Britain's railways were saved" and "Discontinued! Gaps in Britain's Rail Policy", at a discount, from the Railfuture shop

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3 November 2016. Thursday. Capital Rail Action Group meeting. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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5 November 2016. Saturday. Finance & Corporate Governance and Operations groups joint meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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7 November 2016. Monday. "Wheels vs Rails". London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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7 November 2016. Monday. Institute of Engineering and Technology. "British railway signalling". Norwich, NR4 6EP. 19.00-21.00. More info: IET

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8 November 2016. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "High Speed One in its tenth year". Speaker: Lester Hillman. Location: Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking NOT required for this free event. More info: CILT

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9 November 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Contact: WM

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9 November 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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9-11 November 2016. Wednesday-Friday. Global AirRail conference. Clarion Hotel, Aviapolis, Helsinki. More info: airrail

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12 November 2016. Saturday. Autumn conference, and annual Awards for Rail User Groups. Birmingham. More info: conferences and RUG Awards

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13 November 2016. Sunday. Transport for London's second London Overground concession due to commence.

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14 November 2016. Monday. Parliament returns, until 20 December.

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14 November 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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15 November 2016. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Brighton Main Line upgrade". Speaker: Ben Craig, Network Rail. 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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16 November 2016. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meet at The Sloop, Barton-under-Humber. 18.00 for 20.00 start. More info: FoBL; Email: eFoBL

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16 November 2016. Wednesday. LMRC meeting. Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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17 November 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign meeting at The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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19 November 2016. Saturday. Special train from Bedford-Bletchley line to Kidderminster for the Severn Valley Railway. Bedford 08.45 departure. Bedford 20.34 return. Fares from £20. Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Association. More info: BBRUA

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19 November 2016. Saturday. Railfuture Severnside meeting. Speaker Paul Johnson, chair of TransWilts Community Interest Company. Venue: Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath BA1 1JW. 14.00. Five minutes walk from Bath Spa station. Venue has cafe. More info: PLC

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19 November 2016. Saturday. Lincolnshire branch meeting at Saxilby Methodist Church, Main Street, Saxilby LN1 2HA. 13.00. Contact: RfL

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19 November 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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23 November 2016. Wednesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch. "Regional Railways". Location: County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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24 November 2016. Thursday. Capital Rail Action Group meeting. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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25 November 2016. Friday. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club annual Golden Spanners Awards. More info: 4FC

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26-27 November 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at Warley National Exhibition. Stand D54, Hall 5, NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: NEC

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26 November 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-13.00. More info: Herts and Beds

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

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30 November 2016. Wednesday. "New trains for Crossrail". Location: Prospects College of Advanced Technology Basildon Campus, Luckyn Lane, Basildon, SS14 3AY. 18.00 to 21.00. More info: IMechE

December


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East Midlands new franchise Expressions of Interest due to be invited from bidders.

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Wales and Borders new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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ORR publishes station usage estimates for 2015-16. More info: station usage

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. East Midlands branch meet-up at the Canalhouse, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH. Email: RFEM

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6 December 2016. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "The Station Gardener". Speaker: Louis Wall, SW Scotland Railway Adopters Group. Location: University of Strathclyde, G1 1QE. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

7 December 2016. Wednesday. National Railway Heritage Awards 2016 - presentation of Awards. Moe info: NRHA

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10 December 2016. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. London. Contact: RfPA

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10 December 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Aberystwyth. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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11 December 2016. Sunday. Passenger train services expected to start between London Marylebone and Oxford, as the second stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 project. More info: EWR

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12 December 2016. Monday. "Manchester Metrolink - growing the system". Location: London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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12 December 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch. "Crossrail project update". Speaker: Dave Hepper. Location: Ipswich, IP2 8DF. 19.15. More info: RCTS.

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12 December 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Christmas social. More info: BRAG

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13 December 2016. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Merseyrail - investing for the future". Location: Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, L3 3AF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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13 December 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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14 December 2016. Wednesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch. "The story of Middleton Press". Speaker: Vic Mitchell. Location: County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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15 December 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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15 December 2016. Thursday. Talk by author Bill Simpson on 170 years of Bedford-Bletchley line. Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Association. St Leonards Church Centre, Victoria Road, Bedford MK42 9JS. More info: BBRUA

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24 December - 2 January 2017. Saturday-Monday. Christmas-New Year holidays. Expect route improvement works and alterations to services.

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

January


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9 January 2017. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch. "Digital Railway - the future of train control". Location: Ipswich, IP2 8DF. 19.15. More info: RCTS.

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10 January 2017. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Merseytravel: using technology to benefit transport users". Location: Merseytravel, Liverpool, L69 3HN. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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17 January 2017. Tuesday. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. "The Vivarail D-Train, Delivering Local Rail Solutions". Speaker: Adrian Shooter. 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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25 January 2017. Wednesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch. "Mail Rail". Location: Chichester, PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

February


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End of part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL

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ORR expected to issue formal Advice to Ministers on Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024). More info: PR18

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South Western new franchise award expected.

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21 February 2017. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Rail, Road and Intermodal Freight: An International View". Speaker: James Reading, IntelliTrans Ltd. Location: Redhill, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

March


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Wales & Borders new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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8 March 2017. Wednesday. "Sheffield Tram/Train interfaces". Derby DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 March 2017. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Into the future with Northern". Speaker: Craig Harrop, Northern Rail. Location: Warrington, WA1 1NB. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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23 March 2017. Thursday. "Leeds High Speed Rail Station - the challenge of integrating the old with the new!". Pontefract, WF9 1AB. 11.00-13.00. More info: IMechE

April


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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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5 April 2017. Wednesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester & North Wales branch. "Railways - the digital effect". Location: Liverpool. 14.00. More info: RCTS.

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14-17 April 2017. Good Friday-Easter Monday. Easter holiday weekend. Expect route improvement works and alterations to services.

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18 April 2017. Tuesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "'Best Impressions' - Public Transport by Design". Speaker: Ray Stenning, Best Impressions. 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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24 April 2017. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester & North Wales branch. "Onwards to Corwen". Location: Chester, CH1 3AE. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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26 April 2017. Wednesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "Midlands Connect: Identifying Strategic Transport Priorities for the Midlands". Location: Atkins, Birmingham, B1 1TF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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25-27 April 2017. Tuesday to Thursday. "The Stephenson Conference - Research for railways". London SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

May


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

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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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9-11 May 2017. Tuesday-Thursday. Railtex 2017. NEC, Birmingham. More info:Railtex

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: "GoVia Thameslink Railway - 'Omnia uno temore agenda: everything had to be done at once!'". Speaker: Charles Horton, CEO. 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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21 May 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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SouthWest Trains franchise (including up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension to August 2017, with 5-period extension assumed by DfT until June 2017) ends; South Western new franchise due to commence.

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West Midlands new franchise award expected.

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Great Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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End of full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL


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). More info: PR18

August


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Wales & Borders new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

October


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London Midland Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); West Midlands new franchise due to commence.

November


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West Coast new franchise award expected.

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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


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Cross Country new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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

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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2018


January


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Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) expected to be published. More info: PR18

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ORR expected to invite comments on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.

February


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ORR 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).

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South Eastern new franchise award expected.

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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

March


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East Midlands new franchise award expected.

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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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West Coast new franchise due to commence.

May


3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

June


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ORR 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. More info: PR18

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Southeastern Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); South Eastern new franchise due to commence.

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Wales & Borders new franchise award expected.

July


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East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019, with 5-period extension assumed by DfT until July 2018) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

August


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Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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'

September


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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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ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: PR18

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Arriva Trains Wales franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Wales & Borders new franchise due to commence.

December


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Great Western new franchise award expected.

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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.

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

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2019


February


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

March


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

April


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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Great Western new franchise due to commence.

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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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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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East West Rail services start between Bedford and Oxford/Reading, Milton Keynes and Oxford/Reading, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury/London Marylebone. More info: EWR

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

June


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Cross Country new franchise award expected.

October


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Cross Country new franchise due to commence.

November


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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

December


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

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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31 December 2019. Final date for rail vehicles to comply with accessibility regulations. More info: ORR and DfT

2020


February


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Chiltern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

May


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Chiltern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

7 May 2020. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

July


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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

October


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Chiltern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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Start of services to/from Watford Junction via Metropolitan line extension. More info: MLE and Croxley rail link.

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13 December 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2021


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Services planned to start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

May


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New Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise operator due to be announced.

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East Coast new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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TransPennine Express new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

August


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Chiltern new franchise award expected.

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East Coast new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

September


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Govia Thameslink Railway management contract ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

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TransPennine Express new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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Chiltern Railways franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Chiltern new franchise due to commence.

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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


January


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East Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

February


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TransPennine Express new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

April


ScotRail franchise ends (eligible for up to three years extension)

May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

November


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New East Coast franchise operator due to be announced

December


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New TransPennine Express franchise operator due to be announced

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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2023


March


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East Coast franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

April


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TransPennine Express franchise ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


End of 8-year Transport for London concession for Crossrail (potential for 2-year extension)/start of next concession.

4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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Northern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

September


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Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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East Anglia new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2024


February


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Northern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

March


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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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1 April 2024. Control Period 7 (2024-29) starts.

May


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End of 7.5-year Transport for London concession for London Overground (potential for 2-year extension)/start of next concession.

2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

August


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East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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Northern franchise operator due to be announced

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7 December 2024. Saturday. Planned official re-opening of services between Uckfield and Lewes. More info: Bridge the gap: connect East Sussex

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change and planned public re-opening of services between Uckfield, Lewes and Sussex coast towns.

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2025


April


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Northern franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


Latest possible end/start of Transport for London Crossrail operating concession.

1 May 2025. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

October


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East Anglia franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

December


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14 December 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2026


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Public operation of HS2 phase 1 planned to start this year.

May


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Latest possible end/start of Transport for London operating concession for London Overground.

7 May 2026. Thursday. UK local elections.

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17 May 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2027


2028


Merseyrail concession due for renewal.

2029


April


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1 April 2029. Control Period 8 (2029-34) starts.

November


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Essex Thameside franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

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