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Events

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

2014


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60th anniversary year of formation of Society for the Reinvigoration of Unremunerative Branch Lines UK, later the Railway Invigoration Society, which with the Railway Development Association were Railfuture's predecessors.

December


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14 December 2014. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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18 December2014. Thursday. Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association Christmas Special. Speaker: Chris Green, former managing director of Network SouthEast. Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop: NSE. Details and booking form: bbrua

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18 December 2014. Thursday. The Railway: First Great Western - pushed to the limit. 20.00. More info: C5

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20 December 2014 Saturday to 4 January 2015. Sunday. No Thameslink or Southern trains stop at London Bridge. More info: TP

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22 December 2014. Monday. "Great Western Electrification Programme". Speaker: Jacqueline Day, Network Rail. Location: Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. 19.15 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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25-28 December 2014. Thursday- Sunday. Closure of London Midland main line from London Euston to Hemel Hempstead. Feedback to: watfordfeedback

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until 28 December 2014. One month closure of Abbey line from Watford to St Albans Abbey. More info: WJ-StAA Feedback to: watfordfeedback

2015


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35th anniversary year of Railfuture-organised first-ever national conference of Rail Users Groups.

January


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5 January 2015 Monday to January 2018. No Bedford-Brighton Thameslink trains stop at London Bridge. More info: TP

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6 January 2015. Tuesday. Safeguarding for part of HS2 Phase 2, Fradley-Crewe route corridor - consultation closes. More info: HS2-Ph2

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

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9 January 2015. Friday. Draft Western Route Study - consultation closes. More info: WesternRS

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12 January 2015. Monday. "Railways since privatisation". Speaker: Bob Breakwell. Location: Ipswich, IP2 8DF. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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12 January 2015 Monday to August 2016. Southeastern trains to and from Charing Cross do not stop at London Bridge. More info: TP

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13 January 2015. Tuesday. "The Sheffield City Region - lessons learnt and future direction". Speaker: David Hewitt, Sheffield City Region Executive Team. Location: Sheffield Hallam University, S1 2NU. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking not required for this free event. More info: CILT

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13 January 2015. Tuesday. Draft South East Route: Sussex Area Route Study - consultation closes. More info: SussexRS

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

15 January 2015. Thursday. Proposed Essex Thameside c2c December 2015 timetable - consultation closes. More info: c2cDec'15

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19 January 2015. Monday. "The Network South East story". Speaker: Chris Green. Location: Shenfield, CM15 8LB. 19.30. More info: RCTS. Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop: NSE

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26 January 2015. Monday. "First Hull Trains". Speaker: Keith Doughty, Service Delivery Director. Location: Hull, HU6 7RX. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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26 January 2015. Monday. "Operating heritage transport in London". Speaker: Andy Barr, TfL. Location: Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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27 January 2015. Tuesday. National Rail Passenger Survey, Autumn 2014, published. More info: NRPS

28 January 2015. Wednesday. Way Ahead for Northern Infrastructure conference at KPMG, Manchester. 08.30-17.00. More info: CFC

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28 January 2015. Wednesday. "An introduction to rail freight". Speaker: Ralph Goldney, MD RailFreight Consulting. Location: Network Rail, The Quadrant, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1EN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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29 January 2015. Thursday. Crossrail 2 safeguarding - consultation closes. More info: CR2

30 January 2015. Friday. Proposed Govia Thameslink Railway December 2015 timetable - consultation closes. More info: GTRDec'15

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31 January 2015. Saturday. Yorkshire branch AGM. Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET. 14.00.

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until 31 January 2015. Saturday. Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at London Waterloo station. Includes Network Rail's Lines in the Landscape which recognises the best image of the railway. TAV

February


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3 February 2015. Tuesday. Draft Anglia Route Study - consultation closes. More info: AngliaRS

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3 February 2015. Tuesday. "The Norton Bridge Flyover Project". Speaker: David Lawrence, Engineering Manager, NR Infrastructure Projects. Location: Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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3 February 2015. Tuesday. Seminar "Infrastructure Planning in London". More info: PFL

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

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6 February 2015. Friday. "Northern railways in prospect". Speaker: Paul Salveson. Location: Carnforth, LA5 9LD. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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9 February 2015. Monday. UK Air-Rail Update at DLA Piper, London. 08.45-17.00. More info: waterfront

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13-15 February 2015. Friday-Sunday. Welsh Labour party conference in Swansea. More info: WLP

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14-16 February 2015. Saturday-Monday. Closure of Abbey line from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey. Feedback to: watfordfeedback

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16 February 2015. Monday. 50th anniversary of publication of "The Development of the Major Railway Trunk Routes". More info: Beeching-2 and Beeching biog

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18 February 2015. Wednesday. Draft Wessex Route Study - consultation closes. More info: WessexRS

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21-23 February 2015. Saturday-Monday. Closure of Abbey Line from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey. Feedback to: watfordfeedback

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

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23 February 2015. Monday. "The work of the British Transport Police". Speaker: Bob Burrowes. Location: Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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26 February 2015. Thursday. "The Croxley rail link". Speaker: Richard Boutal, Major Projects Group Manager, Herts CC. Location: St. Albans, AL1 3ER. 18.00 for 18.30 start, until 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

March


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1 March 2015. Sunday. Start of new Inter-City East Coast franchise. More info: ICEC

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3 March 2015. Tuesday. "Second generation UK tramways". Speaker: John Baggs, JAB Services UK. Location: Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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4 March 2015. Wednesday. "Developing the UK Rail Network - HS2, regeneration, and the future of franchising". London. Morning seminar. More info: WEETF

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

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5 March 2015. Thursday. "The Network SouthEast story". Speaker: Chris Green. Location: Milton Keynes, MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop: NSE

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7 March 2015. Saturday. "Towards a 21st century railway for the North of England". Oxford Place, Methodist Church, Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX. 10.15-16.30.

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7 March 2015. Saturday. Scottish Labour party conference. SLP

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7 March 2015. Saturday. Railfuture International Group meeting in Birmingham Carrs Lane Church Centre. 13.00-17.00. Contact: RFL

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10-11 March 2015. Tuesday-Wednesday. Metrorail Europe at Olympia West, London. More info: MR

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

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12 March 2015. Thursday. "Life, death and re-birth of the Waverley Route". Speaker: David Spaven. Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1SG. 19.00. More info: RCTS Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop at WR

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16 March 2015. Monday. East Anglia franchise from October 2016 - consultation closes. More info: EAf

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17 March 2015. Tuesday. "Resilience of the railway to the South West - Dawlish one year on". Speakers: David Crome, General Manager West, FGW and Mike Gallop, NR's Director Route Asset Management (Western). Location: Plymouth University, PL4 8AA. 18.00 for 18.15 start, to 20.15. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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17-18 March 2015. Tuesday-Wednesday. Middle East Rail conference in Dubai. More info: MER

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17-19 March 2015. Tuesday-Thursday. Rail-Tech 2015 at Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Contact: rail-tech

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18 March 2015. Wednesday. Future of Rail Signalling and Transition to ERTMS conference at Stephenson Harwood, London. 08.45-17.00 More info: waterfront

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21 March 2015. Saturday. 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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24 March 2015. Tuesday. "GB Railfreight - the growth over 15 years". Speaker: Paul Lemon, GBRf. Location. Woking, GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info: RCTS

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24-26 March 2015. Tuesday-Thursday. Rail technology exhibition at Lille Grand Palais Exhibition Centre. More info: sifer

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31 March 2015. Tuesday. "The Network South East story". Speaker: Chris Green. Location: Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3PN. 13.30 for 14.00 start. More info: RCTS Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop: NSE

April


1 April 2015. Wednesday. Start of new ScotRail franchise. More info: SR

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3-6 April 2015. Saturday-Monday. Closure of Abbey line from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey. Contact: watfordfeedback

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6 April 2015. Monday. "The London Bridge station redevelopment". Speaker: Martyn Back, Chief Engineer. Location: Ashford TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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7 April 2015. Tuesday. "Crossrail: moving London forward". Speaker: Simon Bennett. Location: Watford, WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS

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28 April 2015. Tuesday. "A career and interest in railways 1950-2014". Speaker: Gordon Pettitt. Location. Woking, GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info: RCTS

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

May


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

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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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12-14 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. Aslef

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

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17 May 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

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

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27 June 2015. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting at International Hall, Landsdowne Terrace, London, WC1N 1AS 13.00. Contact: RFPA

July


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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

26 July 2015. Sunday. Absorption of South Central (Southern) franchise into combined Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern management contract.

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

August


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

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

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26 September 2015. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting at Friends of the Earth, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5TH. 13.00. Contact: RFPA

October


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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

November


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7 November 2015. Saturday. Railfuture conference in Bristol. More info: conferences

December


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5 December 2015. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting at International Hall, Landsdowne Terrace, London, WC1N 1AS 13.00. Contact: RFPA

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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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Start of new TransPennine Express and Northern franchises.

March


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

May


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

5 May 2016. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

September


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

November


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

December


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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.

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

June


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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).

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'

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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Office of Rail Regulation expected 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.

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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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


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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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