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Events

The list below includes low-price or free events for volunteers such as Railfuture members, including our own Railfuture conferences, and also 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.

October


31 October 2014. Friday. London Infrastructure Plan 2050 - consultation closes. More info: LIP2050

November


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Government's announcement of the chosen route for phase 2 of HS2 planned for late-2014.

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1 November 2014. Saturday. Autumn conference, with Rail User Group Awards and Photo Competition winners. London. More info: conferences and RUG Awards.

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3 November 2014. Monday. Bath rail electrification public drop-in session at Kaposvar Room, Guildhall, Bath BA1 5AW. 16.00-19.30. More info: NR

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3 November 2014. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meet at the New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JN from 19:30. More info: RVR

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4 November 2014. Tuesday. "The future of fare collection: technology or customer experience". Speaker: Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience, Transport for London. Location: Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 21.45. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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4 November 2014. Tuesday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association AGM. The Sportsman, Newtown. 18.30. More info: SARPA

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5 November 2014. Wednesday. "UK Rail Infrastructure (track, structures, electrification and signalling)". Speaker: Malcolm Pearce, Secretary, Thames Valley Section, The Permanent Way Institute. Location: Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.00 for 17.45 start, until 19.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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5 November 2014. Wednesday. Station adoption seminar at ScotRail offices, Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6HQ. More info: ACoRP

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6 November 2014. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway.

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6 November 2014. Thursday. Don Valley Railway meet at the Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG. 19:00. More info: DVR

6 November 2014. Thursday. Campaign for Borders Rail AGM. St Peters Church, Abbotsford Road, Galashiels. Guest: Richard Morris, Chair of Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line. 18.15 for 19.00 start. More info: CBR

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6 November 2014. Thursday. Local enterprise partnerships and economic growth seminar by Westminster Social Policy Forum. London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WB

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7 November 2014. Friday. Close of consultation on September 2015 timetable. More info: Sept2015

8 November 2014. Saturday. Huddersfield, Penistone & Sheffield RUA joint meeting with Penistone Line Partnership. Guest speaker: Julie Hurley, Interim Director of Strategy for South Yorks PTE. Location: Silkstone Common Methodist Church Hall, Ben Bank Road, Barnsley, S75 4PA. 10.15. More info: PLP

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8 November 2014. Saturday. Severnside Branch meeting: Swindon-Kemble redoubling. The George Room, Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE. 14.00. Contact: PLC

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9 November 2014. Sunday. Commencement of new 15-year Essex Thameside franchise.

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10 November 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington TN39 3LW. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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11 November 2014. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members’ seminar for the North of England in York. More info: ACoRP

11 November 2014. Tuesday. "A People's Railway for Wales & the Borders" Speaker: Paul Salveson. Location: All Saints' Church Hall, Chirk Road, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY11 1TQ. 19.30. Contact: SCRUA

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12 November 2014. Wednesday. Saltford station reopening case goes to Cabinet of Bath and North East Somerset Council meeting at Bath Guildhall at 17.30. More info: SEG

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12 November 2014. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern.

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12 November 2014. Wednesday. “Reversing Beeching - a winning formula for Levenmouth” organised by the LevenMouth Rail Campaign. Speaker: Paul Tetlaw, Transform Scotland. More info: LMRC

13 November 2014. Thursday. Railways Remembered film show by Rob Foxon at Memorial Hall, Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8AH. 19.00 for 19.30 start. More info: telephone 01472 362436/0116 289 0531.

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13-15 November 2014. Thursday-Saturday. Scottish National Party conference at Perth. More info: SNP conf

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14 November 2014. Friday. 20th anniversary of the start of services to and from Waterloo International.

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14 November 2014. Friday. Suffolk Rail Conference at Suffolk County Council headquarters, Ipswich. Contact: KA; more info: SuffolkCC

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15 November 2014. Saturday. Autumn meeting of Railfuture Scotland. "From despair to hope - the revival of Britain's railways from Beeching to HS2" Speaker: Lord Richard Faulkner, co-author with Chris Austin OBE of "Holding the Line - How Britain's Railways were Saved". Location: Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh. 14.00. Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop: HtL

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15 November 2014. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting, Canterbury. 14.00. More info: Kent

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15 November 2014. Saturday. North West branch meeting. Room F12, Friends' Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. 13.00. Lunch at 12.00 in The Waterhouse, 67-71 Princess Street, Manchester.

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15 November 2015. Saturday. Demonstration in London against dangers of road traffic. Stop the Killing coalition. Bedford Square 12 noon to Oxford Street and Marble Arch "Die In". Watch You Tube; more info: STK and FB

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17 November 2014. Monday. Bedford Commuters’ Association AGM. RAFA Club, Ashburnham Road, Bedford, from 19:30, with railway managers in attendance. More info: BCA

17-18 November 2014. Monday-Tuesday. Plandampf steam operation in South Africa. Contact: email

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18 November 2014. Tuesday. "The rebirth of the Great Western Main Line". Speaker: Stuart Baker. Location: Cheltenham, GL50 2SY. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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18 November 2014. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members’ seminar for the South of England in London. More info: ACoRP

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20 November 2014. Thursday. Seminar "Next steps for transport policy in London and South East England". More info: PFL

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22 November 2014. Saturday. Thames Valley/London & South East joint meeting. Speaker: George Bathurst of Windsor Link Railway. New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading RG1 8DU. 11.00. More info: WLR

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22-23 November 2014. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall B61 in Hall 5 at NEC, Birmingham.

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24 November 2014. Monday. Proposed station at Old Oak interchange with Crossrail/HS2 - consultation closes. More info: Old Oak consultation

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25 November 2014. Tuesday. "Extensions to the Underground - past, present and proposed". Speakers: David Leboff and Jon Kirkup, Major Programme Sponsorship, TfL. Location: Woking, GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info: RCTS

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25 November 2014. Tuesday. "HS2: Building in the benefits at the local level". More info: HS2-PTRC.

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27 November 2014. Thursday. Air Rail UK, London. More info: AR

27 November 2014. Thursday. Railways Remembered film show by Palace Theatre, Appleton Gate, Newark NG24 1JY. 19.30. More info: telephone 0116 289 0531.

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28 November 2014. Friday. Ashchurch, Tewkesbury & District Rail Promotion Group public meeting. Tewkesbury library, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX. 19:30. Guest speaker: Chris Green. More info: AT&DRPG

28 November 2014. Friday. Modern Railways' Fourth Friday Club, with 'Golden Spanners' Awards. More info: 4Friday

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29 November 2014. Saturday. National Board meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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29 November-28 December 2014. One month closure of Abbey line from Watford to St Albans Abbey. Feedback to: watfordfeedback@londonmidland

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30 November 2014. Sunday. 5th anniversary of start of domestic HS1 services calling at Stratford International.

December


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1 December 2014. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meet at the New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JN. 19:30. More info: RVR

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2 December 2014. Tuesday. Bath rail electrification public drop-in session at Brunswick Room, Guildhall, Bath BA1 5AW. 16.00-19.30. NR

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2 December 2014. Tuesday. "Highspeed Hastings - a new 'Brede' of total route modernisation". Speaker: Roger Blake, Railfuture. Location: Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 21.45. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT. See also: MarshLink.

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3 December 2014. Wednesday. Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement.

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4 December 2014. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway.

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4 December 2014. Thursday. Don Valley Railway meet at the Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery St, Sheffield, S3 8GG. 19:00. More info: DVR

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4 December 2014. Thursday. Next Generation Rail conference. Crewe Hall CW1 6UZ. 08.30-16.00. More info: NGR

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4 December 2014. Thursday. Can Rail Deliver a Brighter Future for Rail? Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels. 09.30-10.30. More info: CER

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6 December 2014. Saturday. Railfuture stand at Oxford Green Fair, Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1BX. 10.30-16.30. More info: GF

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6 December 2014. Saturday. Lincs/East Anglia branches joint meeting. Museum and Art Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE14 1LF. 13:30.

7 December 2014. Sunday. Proposed extension of Bakerlooo line - consultation closes. More info: Bakerloo consultation

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8 December 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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9 December 2014. Tuesday. "The Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association". Speaker: Richard Carr, SAYLSA Development Manager. Location: Glasgow, G2 6HQ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT.

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9 December 2014. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting. Chesham Town Hall HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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10 December 2014. Wednesday. "National infrastructure planning: investment priorities, the Planning Act review and progress on major projects". London. Morning seminar. More info: WEETF

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13 December 2014. Saturday. 5th anniversary of start of full domestic service on HS1.

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13 December 2014. Saturday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association AGM. White Lion, Machynlleth. 11.00. More info: SARPA

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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. Details and booking form: bbrua

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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. More information: Email watford.feedback@londonmidland.com

2015


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

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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.

January


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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. Western Route Study consultation closes. More info: WesternRS

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13 January 2015. Tuesday. Sussex 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.

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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 the book from the Railfuture shop: NSE

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26 January 2014. 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.

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

February


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

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14-16 February 2015. Saturday-Monday. Closure of Abbey line from Watford to St Albans. More information: Email watford.feedback@londonmidland.com

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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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21-23 February 2015. Saturday-Monday. Closure of Abbey line from Watford to St Albans. More information: Email watford.feedback@londonmidland.com

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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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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. Commencement of new Inter-City East Coast franchise.

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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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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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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 waterfront


April


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3-6 April 2015. Saturday-Monday. Closure of Abbey line from Watford to St Albans. More information: Email watford.feedback@londonmidland.com

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7 April 2015. Tuesday. "Crossrail: moving London forward". Speaker: Simon Bennett. Location: Watford, WD17 1JJ. 19.30. More info: RCTS

May


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

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

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16 May 2015. Saturday. National AGM. Blackpool. See 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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20 June 2015. Saturday. Railfuture conference in Newark. RF

July


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

September


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Train services start from London Marylebone to 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.

December


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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 from London Marylebone to 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

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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.

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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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