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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

2015


February


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27 February 2015. Friday. Improving Rail Links to Heathrow public consultation at Richings Park Sport Club, Wellesley Avenue, Richings Park, Iver, SL0 9BN. 12.00-18.00. More info: LHR Contact: NR

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27 February 2015. Friday. East Anglia rail franchise consultation meeting at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ. 12.00-14.00. Contact: TSC

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27 February 2015. Friday. Day of action to support Green MP Caroline Lucas for the second reading of the Railways Bill to renationalise the railways. Swindon 17.30-19.00. More info: AfR

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28 February 2015. Saturday. East Anglia branch AGM. Speaker: Alan Neville of Abellio Greater Anglia. Friends Meeting House, St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ. 14.00. More info: EA

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28 February 2015. Saturday. STARLINK (St. Andrews Rail Link) coffee morning fund-raiser. St.Andrews Town Hall, Queen's Gardens, St.Andrews. 10.00-11.30. More info: STAR

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28 February 2015. Saturday. Improving Rail Links to Heathrow public consultation at Richings Park Sport Club, Wellesley Avenue, Richings Park, Iver SL0 9BN. 14.00-16.00. More info: LHR Contact: NR

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28 February 2015. Saturday. Board meeting, London. Contact: Company Secretary

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28 February 2015. Saturday. Consultation closes on 'Improving Connectivity'. More info: NR-IC

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until 28 February 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. More info: LPoY and TAV

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

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1 March 2015. Sunday. "Crossrail: The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway - Tunnels under the Thames" (first shown summer 2014). 19.00-20.00. More info: BBC Two

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

2 March 2015. Monday. Watford Rail Users' Group. Open meeting with local rail operator reps. Training rm 1, Watford Town Hall, Rickmansworth Road, Watford. 18.45 Contact: WRUG

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2 March 2015. Monday. Great Continental Railway Journeys. Series 2, 2/10. Madrid to Gibralter part 2. 19.30-20.00. More info: BBC Four

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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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3 March 2015. Tuesday. Great Continental Railway Journeys. Series 2, 3/10. Turin to Venice, part 1. 19.30-20.00. More info: BBC Four

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3 March 2015. Tuesday. Great Continental Railway Journeys. Series 2, 4/10. Turin to Venice, part 2. 20.00-20.30. More info: BBC Four

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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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4 March 2015. Wednesday. NRES recruiting volunteers to talk to public about buying rail tickets. Newcastle. 15.00-16.30 and 17.30-19.00. More info: NRES

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4 March 2015. Wednesday. Great Continental Railway Journeys. Series 2, 5/10. Dresden to Kiel, part 1. 19.30-20.00. More info: BBC Four

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5 March 2015. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting, Worthing. 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. Special North of England conference. Towards a 21st century railway for the North of England. Oxford Place, Methodist Church, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX. 10.15-16.30. Contact: RFY

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7 March 2015. Saturday. Scottish Labour party conference. More info: SLP

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7 March 2015. Saturday. International Group, Birmingham. 13.00-17.00. Contact: RfIG

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7 March 2015. Saturday. TravelWatch SouthWest meeting at Somerset College of Art & Technology, Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AX. 11.00. More info: TWSW

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9 March 2015. Monday. "Update on Reading station Master Plan and the new Green Park station". Speaker: Scott Witchalls, Peter Brett Associates. Location: Reading Town Hall, RG1 1QH. 18.15 for 18.45 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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

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10 March 2015. Wednesday. NRES recruiting volunteers to talk to public about buying rail tickets. Kent. 15.00-16.30 and 17.30-19.00. More info: NRES

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10 March 2015. Tuesday. "South West Trains: 2015 and beyond". Speaker: Phil Dominey, SWT. Location: Holiday Inn, West Drayton, UB7 0JU. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking not required for this free event. More info: CILT

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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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11 March 2015. Wednesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign. Speaker from Sustrans. Unit 5, Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way, Leven, KY8 3RS. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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11 March 2015. Wednesday. Rail Forum Europe event: Taking Stock of the 2100 transport white paper. Members' restaurant, European Parliament, Strasbourg. 19.00-22.00. More info: RFE

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11 March 2015. Wednesday. Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group AGM. Melbourn Hub. 19.30. More info: MSFRUG

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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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12 March 2015. Thursday. "One North and the Northern Hub - will it bring benefits to freight and logistics?" Speakers: Prof. Colin Bamford, Peter Nears, Ian Brown CBE. Location: Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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14 March 2015. Saturday. North East branch AGM. Guest speaker from ACoRP on "Scotland embraces Community Rail Partenerships". Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 14.00. More info: NE

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14 March 2015. Saturday. Ribble Valley Rail AGM. Trinity Methodist Church, Wesleyan Row, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, BB7 2JY. 13.30 for 14.00 start. More info: RVR

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14 March 2015. Saturday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association meeting at Cambrian Hotel, Aberystwyth. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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16 March 2015. Monday. Consultation closes on new East Anglia franchise from October 2016. More info: EAf

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16-17 March 2015. Monday-Tuesday. Designated Community Rail Line seminar. Nottingham. More info: ACoRP

16-17 March 2015. Monday-Tuesday. Passenger Rail Europe at Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. More info: RTM

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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 March 2015. Tuesday. "The Regional Railways story". Speaker: Gordon Pettitt, former General Manager of Southern Region and Director of Provincial/Regional Railways. Location: Hull, HU5 5LH. 19.15 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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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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19 March 2015. Thursday. Railfuture stall at annual Lewes Enterprise Expo, promoting Wealden Line Extension and Thameslink-2. Lewes Town Hall, entrance on Fisher Street, off High Street. 10.00-15.00. More info: LEE plus WLE and TL2

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20-22 March 2015. Friday-Sunday. European Passengers Federation conference in Balna Centre, Budapest. More info: epf

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21 March 2015. Saturday. Wessex branch AGM. Guest speaker from Southern. URC church hall, Osborn Road South, Fareham. Contact: WB

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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

21 March 2015. Saturday. Trans-Wilts Link. tbc. More info: TWL

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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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25 March 2015. Wednesday. Releasing Capacity on UK Rail Network. Conference at Denton's, London. More info:waterfront

27 March 2015. Friday. Consultation closes on proposed Thanet Parkway station. More info: KCC-TP

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28 March 2015.Saturday. Minsters Rail Campaign AGM at Londesbrough Arms Hotel, Market Weighton, Yorkshire, YO43 3AH. 10.30. More info: MRC

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28 March 2015. Saturday. Yorkshire branch meeting at Selby Community Centre, Scott Road, Selby YO8 4BL 13.00-16.00. More info: RFY

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28-29 March 2015. Saturday-Sunday. Find Railfuture stall 66 at annual London Festival, Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. More info: LFRM

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30 March 2015-1 April 2015. Monday-Wednesday. Asia Pacific Rail 2015 in Hong Kong. More info: APR

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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: ScR

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1 April 2015. Wednesday. Consultation closes on Improving Rail Links to Heathrow. More info: Consultation and LHR. Contact: NR

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3-6 April 2015. Friday-Monday. Easter route improvement works and service alterations. More info: Easter

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

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

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11 April 2015. Saturday. Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Railway Hotel, Borth. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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

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

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13 April 2015. Monday. "The London Bridge station redevelopment". Speaker: James Elford, Project Manager. Location: Ashford, TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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14 April 2015. Tuesday. "Railfreight: a UK success story". Speaker: Julian Worth, Rail Freight Forum. Location: Holiday Inn, West Drayton, UB7 0JU. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking not required for this free event. More info: CILT

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

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15 April 2015. Wednesday. "Transforming Train Passenger Ticketing and Information". Speaker: Adam Dunn, Head of Service Management, Smart421. Location: County Hall, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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18 April 2015. Saturday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch AGM. Speaker: Adrian Shooter CBE. Location: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0BT (short walk from station). 10.00-13.00.

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18 April 2015. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line AGM. Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ. 11.00. More info: FoSCL

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18 April 2015. Saturday. Railfuture West Midlands AGM in Birmingham. More info: RFWM

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21 April 2015. Tuesday. "Metrolink: the challenges of operating an expanding tram network". Speaker: Chris Coleman, MD Metrolink. Location: Manchester M1 5JG. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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22 April 2015. Wednesesday. "Poole to Wool resignalling and re-connecting the Swanage branch". Speaker: Jon Elliott, Network Rail Project Manager and Swanage Railway 'Project Wareham' volunteer, Network Rail. Location: University of Bournemouth, Poole, BH12 5BB. 18.30 for 18.45 start, to 21.00. Booking not required for this free event. More info: CILT

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25 April 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch AGM. 14.00, preceded by open meeting for members and visitors from 10.30. Contact: LSE

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

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

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

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

May


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

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2 May 2015. Saturday. Finance and corporate governance group. London. Contact: Company Secretary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17 May 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

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20 May 2015. Wednesday. Scottish Transport Applications and Research conference. More info: STAR

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

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

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

June


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27 June 2015. Saturday. Passenger Group. London. 13.00. Contact: RFPA

July


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August


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

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

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

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

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

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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. Sunday. Borders Railway opens. More info: Borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November


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

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

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

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

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

December


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

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5 December 2015. Saturday. Passenger Group. London. 13.00. Contact: RFPA

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

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13 December 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2016


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Introduction of first new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

January


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

February


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Start of new TransPennine Express and Northern franchises.

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

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27 February 2016. Saturday. Railfuture board meeting. More info: Company Secretary

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

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

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

21 May 2016. Saturday. Railfuture board meeting. More info: Company Secretary

June


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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced.

August


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

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

10 September 2016. Saturday. Railfuture board meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

October


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New East Anglia franchise due to commence.

November


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

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

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

December


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

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2017


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

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

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.

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


December


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

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

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its national AGM for members). The conferences are competitively priced, to be within rail users' price range, and are open to everyone. Railfuture members are usually offered a chance to attend conferences at a discounted rate if booked early.

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