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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


February


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Introduction of first new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains: sitting comfortably, or standing-room only?

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6 February 2016. Saturday. North West branch AGM. Blackpool. From 10.30. More info: RfNW-AGM

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7 February 2016. Sunday. Final day for Landscape photographer of year awards-1 at London's Waterloo station. See also: Landscape photographer of year-2.

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8 February 2016. Monday. Schenectady to Rochester is the subject of the sixth programme in Michael Portillo's series of Great American Railroad Journeys on BBC2 at 18.30. More info: BBC Two

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

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8 February 2016. Monday. "Trains for a northern kingdom - a fleet strategy for Scotland". London. More info: IMechE

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Birmingham Snow Hill station. 11.00-13.30. More info: WMR

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Birmingham New Street station under the main information screens (opposite Pret a Manger). 15.30-18.00. More info: WMR

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk on "Speed to the West: railway electrification of the South Wales main line from London to Cardiff and Swansea". Dave Hewings of Network Rail at Cardiff University CF24 3AA. Free. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: SW

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. "Transport Focus". Speaker: David Sidebottom, Passenger Director, TF. Location: 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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9 February 2016. Tuesday. Buffalo to Niagara Falls feature in the seventh programme in Michael Portillo's new series of Great American Railroad Journeys on BBC2 at 18.30. More info: BBC Two

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. Winterbourne residents invited to drop-in information event at Winterbourne Down Methodist Church Hall, Down Road, Bristol, BS36 1BN, about works to Dragon Road bridge for rail electrification. 18.30-21.00. More info: e-GWML

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. Virgin Trains East Coast first year of franchise, talk by Tim Hedley-Jones at Methodist Mission, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX at 19.30. Organised by the Campaign for Better Transport. More info: CBT

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9 February 2016. Tuesday. Consultation closes on next South Western franchise. More info: SWconsult. Background: DfT news plus SW prospectus plus SW express interest

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10 February 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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10 February 2016. Wednesday. Philapelphia to Atlantic City feature in the eighth programme in Michael Portillo's series of Great American Railroad Journeys on BBC2 at 18.30. More info: BBC Two

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11 February 2016. Thursday. Conference at Travel for Greater Manchester. Contact: TWNW

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

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11 February 2016. Thursday. "Great Western Railway - the Renaissance of Rail". Speaker: Mark Hopwood, GWR MD. Location: Plymouth University, PL4 8AA. 18.00 for 18.15 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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11 February 2016. Thursday. Lancaster to Gettysburg is the subject of the ninth programme in Michael Portillo's series of Great American Railroad Journeys on BBC2 at 18.30. More info: BBC Two

12 February 2016. Friday. Close of consultation on new river crossings in east and southeast London, at Gallions Reach and Belvedere. More info: Crossings

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12 February 2016. Friday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at London Euston station under the main information screens. 15.30-18.00. More info: WMR

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12 February 2016. Friday. Wilmington to Havre de Grace is the subject of the tenth programme in Michael Portillo's series of Great American Railroad Journeys on BBC2 at 18.30. More info: BBC Two

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13 February 2016. Saturday. Finance & Corporate Governance and Operations Groups joint meeting. Email: Company Secretary

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13 February 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association at Cambrian Hotel, Aberystwyth. 11.45. Email: SARPA

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13 February 2016. Saturday. HS2 information event at Chalfont St Peter Community Association, Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 9QX 11.00-16.00. More info: HS2

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13-24 February 2016. Saturday-Wednesday. Crewe-Manchester and Sandbach-Northwich lines closed for Network Rail to upgrade four bridges and two viaducts (Holmes Chapel and Peover). More info: NR

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13-21 February 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Throughout this half-term holiday, and 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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15 February 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West Midlands branch. "The one that got away - the Wrexham & Shropshire story". Speaker: Richard Harper. Location: Coventry CV5 8GJ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

15 February 2016. Monday. Friends of the Lymington-Brockenhurst Line AGM. Community Centre, Cannon Street, Lymington. 19.30.

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16 February 2016. Tuesday. Felixstowe Travel Watch meeting at Salvation Army Church, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe IP11 7EL. Speaker: Railfuture's Trevor Garrod. 14.30. More info: FTW

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16 February 2016. Tuesday. European Rail Award Ceremony at Musees Royaux d'Art et d"Histoire, Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, 1000 Brussels. 18.00-22.00. More info: CER

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16 February 2016. Tuesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Crewe station. 15.30-18.00. More info: WMR

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16 February 2016. Tuesday. "Hitachi Rail in the UK". Speaker: Andy Barr, COO, Sales & Strategy, Hitachi Rail Europe. 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 February 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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18 February 2016. Thursday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Stafford station. 15.30-18.00. More info: WMR

20 February 2016. Saturday. Bedford-Northampton rail reopening campaign meeting at Two Brewers Pub, 34 High Street, Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4BB. 13.00. More info: ERTA

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20 February 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. Rochester Meeting House, Northgate ME1 1LS (100 yards or so from the new Rochester station). 14.00. More info: Kent

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20 February 2016. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers Association meeting in Methodist Church Hall, East Green, Southwold IP18 6JN. 14.00. Bus link from Halesworth station at 12.18. Bus link from Lowestoft at 12.05 and 13.05. But check: AB ESTA

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20-21 February 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Aslef freight weekend at Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool. More info: Aslef

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23 February 2016. Tuesday. High Speed Two consultation drop-in event at Methodist Church Hall, Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2NQ. 14.00-20.00. More info: HS2

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24 February 2016. Wednesday. UK Future Rail Network conference in London, organised by Policy-UK. 08.30-13.00. More info: P-UK

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24 February 2016. Wednesday. Conference on the role of the National Infrastructure Commission. London. 08.30-13.00. More info: waterfront

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24 February 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Northampton station. 10.00-12.30. More info: WMR

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24 February 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Worcester Foregate Street station. 15.30-18.00. More info: WMR

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24 February 2016. Wednesday. "Connecting the North - new rail franchise". Speaker: Prof. Paul Salveson. Location: Huddersfield, HD1 3DH. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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25 February 2016. Thursday. "The D-train/Vivarail". Speaker: Adrian Shooter CBE. Location: Cardiff. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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25 February 2016. Thursday. The North West Transportation Lecture 2016. Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BH. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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26 February 2016. Friday. Rail Summit (including MPs, council and business leaders, Network Rail and train operators) at Downham Market on upgrade of rail network in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Key topic: Soham-Ely.

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27 February 2016. Saturday. East Anglia branch AGM. Bury St. Edmunds. 14.00. More info: EA

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

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29 February 2016. Monday. Corby rail station presentation by John Atkin at Gretton Art Group meeting at Gretton Village Hall, Kirby Road, Gretton, Corby NN17 3DB. 13.30. Email: DF

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29 February to 1 March 2016. Monday-Tuesday. Railway Forum's supply chain conference of the railway industry in Berlin Estrel Congress and Messe Center. More info: Ber

March


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1 March 2016. Tuesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Walsall station. 15.30-18.00. More info: WMR

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1 March 2016. Tuesday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association at The Unicorn, Caersws. 18.30. Email: SARPA

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1 March 2016. Tuesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Watford branch. "The London Midland franchise". Speaker: Francis Thomas. Location: Watford, WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS.

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3 March 2016. Thursday. Seminar on future of rail network. Next steps for the rail network in England: strategic priorities, high-speed rail and future of Network Rail. More info: WF

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3 March 2016. Thursday. HS2 information event at Chelmsley Wood Town Council, 107 Helmswood Drive, Birmingham, West Midlands B37 7NS. 14.00-20.00. More info: HS2

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3 March 2016. Thursday. "Rail freight". Speaker: Julian Worth, Director of Transworth Rail, Chair of CILT Freight Forum. Location: South Essex College, Grays, RM17 6TF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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7 March 2016. Monday. "Modernisation of Great Western". London. More info: IMechE

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8-9 March 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. Middle East Rail at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai. More info: MER

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9 March 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands rail franchise consultation at Liverpool Lime Street station. 15.00-17.30. More info: WMR

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9 March 2016. Wednesday. "Great Western Railway Route Modernisation". Speakers: Howard Elliot and Chris Wilson, Network Rail. Location: Bristol, BS1 4SP. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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

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9 March 2016. Wednesday. Seminar on transport-led development in the north of England. DLA Piper, Manchester. More info: WF

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9 March 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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10 March 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. Jointly with Surrey Division. 18.00 at Haywards Heath. Speaker: David Scorey, Passenger Services Director Southern. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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10 March 2016. Thursday. Consultation closes on Scotland Route Study.

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12 March 2016. Saturday. Wessex branch AGM.

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

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14 March 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch. "The Network SouthEast story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD of NSE. Location: Ipswich, IP2 8DF. 19.15. More info: RCTS.
Buy his book, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop

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15 March 2016. Tuesday. Smart Cities and Communities conference organised by Open Forum Events. Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street Manchester, M1 3BB. 08.30-16.30. More info: OF

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16 March 2016. Wednesday. Budget day.

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16 March 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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18 March 2016. Friday. Consultation closes on Network Rail's investment programme: the Hendy report.

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18 March 2016. Friday. Consultation closes on a new approach to rail passenger services in London and the south east. See also: Southern orange.

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19 March 2016. Saturday. Lincolnshire branch AGM, at Saxilby Methodist Church. Contact: RfL

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19-20 March 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall 69 at London Railway Festival. Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY. More info: LFRM

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21 March 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch. "Extensions to the Underground - past, present and proposed". Speakers: David Leboff and John Kirkup, Major Programme Sponsorship, TfL. Location: Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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21 March 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside Chester & North Wales branch. "20 years of the privatised railway: what does the future hold?". Speaker: Bob Casselden, former BR manager. Location: Chester, CH1 3AE. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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22 March 2016. Tuesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch. "The Regional Railways Story - 1982 to the present day". Speaker: Gordon Pettitt, former MD, and last pre-Network SouthEast General Manager of BR's Southern Region. Location: Woking, GU22 7HA. 19.15. More info: RCTS.
Buy his new book, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop.

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22 March 2016. Tuesday. Close of consultation on new West Midlands franchise, from October 2017. More info: WM franchise

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22-23 March 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. The Future of Railway Signalling: ERTMS and ETCS. London. More info: WF

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22-23 March 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. Asia Pacific Rail in Hong Kong. More info: More info: APR

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25-28 March 2016. Friday to Monday. During this Easter Bank holiday weekend, 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

April


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West Midlands franchise ends, start of anticipated Direct Award until start of new franchise expected in October 2017.

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

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

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2 April 2016. Saturday. Railfuture passenger group meeting in Room 1, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. 13.15. More info: RFPA

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5 April 2016. Tuesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Watford branch. "The InterCity story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD of BR InterCity. Location: Watford WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS.
Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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5 April 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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5-7 April 2016. Tuesday-Thursday. Expo Ferrovario in Turin. More info: EFT

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

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7 April 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch. "Chiltern Railways and East-West Rail". Speaker: Graham Cross, Chiltern's Planning Director. Location: Milton Keynes MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS

10 April 2016. Sunday. "Running railways". Speaker: Richard Brown, formerly of National Express, Midland Main Line, Eurostar, now on HS2 Board. Leicester Secular Society, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB. 18.30. More info: LSS

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11 April 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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12 April 2016. Tuesday. "Transport for the North: northern freight and logistics strategy". Speaker: Darren Kirkman, Merseytravel. Location: 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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12-14 April 2016. Tuesday-Thursday. Infrarail at Excel, London. More info: Infrarail

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13 April 2016. Wednesday. Railfuture West Midlands 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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13 April 2016. Wednesday. "Smart ticketing in the West Midlands - the vision for the future". Speaker: Chris Perry, Centro. Location: 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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14 April 2016. Thursday. Seminar on Northern Powerhouse in Manchester. More info: weetf

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16 April 2016. Saturday. Thames Valley branch AGM. Oxford. 10.00-13.00. Guest speaker Chris Austin, co-author of 'Disconnected: Broken Links in Britain's Rail Policy'. More info: TV AGM
Buy the new book, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop.

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16 April 2016. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers Association walk from Brampton station to the Racehorse pub, Mill Common, Westhall IP19 8RQ for lunch. One mile each way. More info: ESTA

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16 April 2016. Saturday. Devon & Cornwall branch AGM at Unitarian Church, Notte Street, Plymouth PL1 2AQ. 13.30-16.15. Email: DC

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16 April 2016. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line AGM at Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle CA1 1QY. More info: FoSCL

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18 April 2016. Monday. "Growing the network - the expansion of the Docklands Light Railway". London. More info: IMechE

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19 April 2016. Tuesday. Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Association AGM. More info: BBRUA

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19 April 2016. Tuesday. "Rail Care teams". Speaker: Kevin Campbell, Southeastern. 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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19-20 April 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. MetroRail 2016. Business Design Centre, London. More info: MR

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20 April 2016. Wednesday. Rail Freight Group conference in London. 09.00-17.30. More info: rfg

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22 April 2016. Friday. Fourth Friday Club Northern Rail Conference, National Railway Museum, York. More info: 4FC

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23 April 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch Annual General Meeting. 14.00. Preceded by open morning meeting with guest speakers. Details to be confirmed. More info: L&SE

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26 April 2016. Tuesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch. "The Great Central Railway: bridge progress, and ongoing future projects". Speaker: Tom Ingall, Great Central Railway. Location: Woking, GU22 7HA. 19.15. More info: RCTS.

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27 April 2016. Wednesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch. "Chiltern Railways". Speaker: Andrew Munden, Safety & Operations Director. Location: Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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28 April 2016. Closing date for receipt of Motions to national AGM on 21 May. See notice on p.2 of Railwatch 146

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30 April 2016. Saturday. Final day of members-only discount for summer conference in Scotland, on Saturday 18 Jun. More info: conferences

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30 April-2 May 2016. Saturday to Monday. During this Bank holiday weekend, 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

May


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

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

5 May 2016. Thursday. UK local elections, including London.

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

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9 May 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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9 May 2016. Tuesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Croydon & south London branch. "Too much information - writing "British Rail: the Nation's Railway". Speaker: author Tanya Jackson. Location: Croydon, CR0 5LP. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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11 May 2016. Wednesday. Community Rail in the city. More info: ACoRP

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11 May 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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11 May 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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14 May 2016. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers Association AGM in the Gannon Room, Station Approach, Saxmundham IP17 1BW. 14.00. Guest speaker: Councillor Philip Smart on rail developments in and around East Anglia. More info: ESTA

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

15 May 2016. Sunday. National Railway Heritage Awards 2016 - closing date for entries. More info: NRHA

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17 May 2016. Tuesday. Air quality seminar. London. More info: weetf

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17 May 2016. Tuesday. "Transport investment and development - what are the links?". Speaker: Prof. Richard Knowles, University of Salford. Location: Manchester. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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17 May 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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18 May 2016. Wednesday. STAR conference. Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. More info: STAR

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18 May 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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21 May 2016. Saturday. National AGM. Jurys Inn, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. More info: conferences

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21 May 2016 - tbc. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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26-27 May 2016. Thursday-Friday. MetroRail 2016. Business Design Centre, London. More info: MR

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28 May-5 June 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

June


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Start of four-month part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for electrification works. Train service on weekdays-only between Gospel Oak-South Tottenham only. More info: e-GOBLIN

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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced, starting 16 October for 9 years.

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West Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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8 June 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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11 June 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

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13 June 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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18 June 2016. Saturday. Summer conference. Newtongrange, Midlothian. More info: conferences

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21 June 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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24 June 2016. Friday. Railway Industry Innovation Awards, Fourth Friday Club, Paddington Hilton, London. More info: 4FC

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27 June-3 July 2016. Monday-Sunday. RAILWEEK organised by Young Rail Professionals. More info: YRP

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28-29 June 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail 2016 at Sandton, Johannesburg. More info: AR

July


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East Midlands new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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West Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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'Summer' announcement of winning bidder for second London Overground concession, to operate from Sunday 13 November 2016. More info: LO

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

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5 July 2016. Tuesday. "Progressing new rail schemes". Speaker: Adeola Dada, Network Rail. Location: Liverpool, L1 1JF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. More info: CILT

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5 July 2016. Tuesday. "Crossrail - moving towards the operational railway". Speaker: Howard Smith, Crossrail. 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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7 July 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch. "The Regional Railways Story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD of Network SouthEast and InterCity, on behalf of Gordon Pettitt, former MD, and last pre-Network SouthEast General Manager of BR's Southern Region. Location: Milton Keynes, MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS
Buy Gordon's new book, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop

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11 July 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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13 July 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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13 July 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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

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

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20 August 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 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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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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30 August 2016. Tuesday. 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 and SEAug2016

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

September


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

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

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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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20 September 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 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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End of four-month part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line, South Tottenham-Barking, for electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN

October


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Start of four-month full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN

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

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

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12 October 2016. Wednesday. Railfuture West Midlands 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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16 October 2016. 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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25 October 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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28-30 October 2016. Friday-Sunday. Exporail Moscow. exporail

November


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South Eastern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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

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8 November 2016. Wednesday. "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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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. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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

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

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

December


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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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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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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.

2017


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

February


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End of closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN

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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.

March


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Wales & Borders new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union.

April


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West Coast new franchise award expected.

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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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.

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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.

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.

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Great Western new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union.

September


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West Coast new franchise due to commence.

October


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West Midlands new franchise due to commence.

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East Midlands new franchise award expected.

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

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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2018


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

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

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.

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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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.

March


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East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

April


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Cross Country new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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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South Eastern new franchise due to commence.

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Wales & Borders new franchise award expected.

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).

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Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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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Wales & Borders new franchise due to commence.

November


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Great Western new franchise award expected.

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.

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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.

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Great Western new franchise due to commence.

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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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

July


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Cross Country new franchise award expected.

October


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Cross Country new franchise due to commence.

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


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Services start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

May


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Chiltern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

October


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Chiltern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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13 December 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2021


May


6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

August


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Chiltern new franchise award expected.

September


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

December


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Chiltern new franchise due to commence.

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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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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


4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2024


April


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

May


2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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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


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


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


2029


April


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

September


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

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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