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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

2017


April


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See Rail Franchise Schedule, December 2016.
EAST MIDLANDS new franchise - short-listed bidders announced. More info: EoI.
WEST COAST PARTNERSHIP new franchise - Expressions of Interest invited from potential bidders. See EoI. See also Prospectus and new trains.
SOUTH EASTERN new franchise - Expressions of Interest invited from potential bidders. See EoI. See also Prospectus and consultation until 23 May.

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~ ORR provides advice to Scottish Ministers and Secretary of State for Transport to inform their HLOSs and SoFAs for CP6, up to May/June 2017.
~ DfT published consultation, on 21 February 2017, on introducing Public Service Obligation Levy for open access passenger operators, closing 21 April.
~ ORR issues guidance to Network Rail, on 23 February 2017, on the strategic business plans (SBPs) the company will produce for CP6 (2019-24) in December 2017.
~ Rail Delivery Group publishes Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to Scottish government and ORR.
~ ORR issues ‘review initiation notices’ on 27 March, formally requesting Secretary of State for Transport and Scottish Ministers to provide their high-level output specifications (HLOSs) and statements of funds available (SoFAs) for Control Period 6, no later than 20 July 2017.
~ ORR expected to publish conclusions notes on working papers on the outputs framework (WP4) and the enhancements framework (WP5).
~ More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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until May. Autumn 2016/winter 2017 route improvement works to Great Eastern main line. More info: GEML, time-lapse footage of works, GEML works across festive season and beyond, every weekend to 9 April, half-way point in upgrades reached, Easter works, and NRES
until May. Planned closures to enable October opening of new Forres station. More info: Forres
weekends until 15 May. Calderdale line upgrade works. More info: Calderdale
5-28 August 2017. Major works at London Waterloo station. More info: Waterloo-1, Waterloo-2, Waterloo-3, Waterloo-4, Waterloo-5, Waterloo 6 months to go, Waterloo-7 with virtual reality download.
until autumn 2017. Great North Rail Project works in Manchester. More info: Ordsall Chord.

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24 April-13 May 2017. Photography exhibition at Leeds station - Lines in the landscape award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Leeds-1 and Leeds-2

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24 April 2017. Monday. Return of applications for new West Coast Partnership franchise. More info: EoI. See also Prospectus and new trains.

25-26 April 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Rail Power World Congress in London. More info: RPC

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25-27 April 2017. Tuesday to Thursday. "The Stephenson Conference - Research for railways". London SW1H 9JJ. More info on this Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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25 April to 1 May 2017. Tuesday-Monday. Ride2Stride, the Settle-Carlisle line walking festival. More info: R2S

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. "Great Western Railway's train maintenance depot". Location: Embankment Road, Laira, Plymouth PL4 9JN. 15.45 for 16.00 start, to 18.00. Booking required for this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event, free to CILT members, £10 for non-members. More info: CILT

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. CANCELLED. Public information event for next South Eastern franchise. 16.00-19.00. Concourse, London St. Pancras International station. More info: London St. Pancras and Prospectus and consultation closing 23 May.

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. "Strategic Roads and Economic Growth - Planning for the Future". Speaker: Simon Emery, Growth & Economic Development Team Leader, Highways England. Location: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BG. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. "Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit: using modern batteries for railway traction." Speaker: Rory Dickerson, Senior Engineer - Electrical and Electronic Safety, Technical and Engineering, Traction and Rollling Stock, Network Rail. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association AGM. Methodist Church, High Street, Woburn Sands MK17 8RL. 19.15. More info: BBRUA

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25 April 2017. Tuesday. Rail passengers' reception in Congress, Washington. More info: NARP

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26 April 2017. Wednesday. Digital Rail Summit in London. 08.00-16.35. More info: DRS

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26 April 2017. Wednesday. Rail Freight Group conference. Location: etc venues, Victoria, London. 08.45-17.15. More info: WF/RFG, CILT

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

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26 April 2017. Wednesday. "Railway Overhead Line Electrification - the Practicalities". Speaker: Keith Orgill, Overhead Line Engineering Limited. Location: Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5AA. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.15. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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27 April 2017. Thursday. "Priorities for the London Plan - land use, infrastructure and 'good growth'". Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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27 April 2017. Thursday. "Autonomy in cost effective maintenance decision-making for the railway". The Quadrant:MK, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1EN. 17.00-19.30. More info on this Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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27 April 2017. Thursday. "The Environmental Challenges of Transport". Speakers: Professor Jillian Anable, Chair of Transport and Energy, Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds; Matthew O’Neill, Air Quality Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester; Dave Colbert, Specialist Advisor Transport Planning, Lancashire County Council. Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, The Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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27 April 2017. Thursday. Railfuture North East branch meeting. J.P Morgan Room, Shakespeare Hall, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. 19.00.

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29 April-1 May 2017. Saturday-Monday. During this 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

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29 April-1 May 2017. Saturday-Monday. Railway Upgrade Plan alterations to May Bank Holiday weekend services. More info: NRES

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29 April 2017. Saturday. Branch AGM preceded by open morning meeting with guest speaker from Heathrow Southern Railway and presentation on Network Rail's Western Rail Access to Heathrow project. More info: RfL&SE AGM

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29 April 2017. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line AGM at Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DZ. 11.00 for 12.00 start. Afternoon presentations at 14.30. More info: FoSCL AGM

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30 April 2017. Sunday. Final day for booking members-only discount for national summer conference in Leeds. More info: conferences

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30 April. Sunday. Check before you travel in the Guildford area, due to track upgrade works. More info: Guildford

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30 April 2017. Sunday. Last copy date for June branch newsletter 'railse'. Email: rf-southeast at ralfuture.org.uk

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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: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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South Eastern new franchise - short-listed bidders expected to be announced. See EoI and Prospectus.

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

2 May 2017. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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3 May 2017. Wednesday. Rail Awareness Open Day at Edinburgh Waverley station. 13.00-15.00. SR

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3 May 2017. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution: "The Railway & Maritime History of East London". Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.45-19.45. More info: PWI

3 May 2017. Wednesday. MarshLink Action Group AGM, with guest speakers. Rye Town Hall. 19.00. More info: MLAG

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3 May 2017. Wednesday. Present and future European rail research. Hotel Leopold, Rue de Luxembourg 35, Bruxelles. 08.00-09.00. More info: RFE

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3 May 2017. Wednesday. Reducing rail freight noise. Conference in Brussels. More info: CER

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2017

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4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Rail Summit 2017. Canada Square, London E14 5GL. 08.00 for 09.00 start, to 15.30. More info: UKRS

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4 May 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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4 May 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution: "Dover Shakespeare Seawall Reinstatement Works". Upstairs Function Room, The Scots Guards Club, 2 Clifton Terrace, opposite Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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4 May 2017. Thursday. CRAG AGM and guest speaker Jonathan Pugh, Head of Strategy and Planning, Network Rail Scotland, on the finalised Scotland Route Study. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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5 May 2017. Friday. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club. The Northern Rail conference. Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4FP. 10.00-16.00. More info: 4FC

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5 May 2017. Friday. "Ashchurch for Tewkesbury." Location: St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton BS34 7BX. 19.00 for 19.30 start. £2 donation requested. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Bristol branch event: RCTS

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6 May 2017. Saturday. PENRUG (Peterborough-Ely-Norwich) AGM. Riversdale Centre, Tanner Street, Thetford. 10.30. More info: PENRUG

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8 May 2017. Monday. Email any late articles or pictures to editor at railwatch.org.uk for inclusion in the July 2017 edition of Railwatch.

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8 May 2017. Monday. CANCELLED. Public information event for next South Eastern franchise. 16.00-19.00. Concourse, London Bridge station. More info: London Bridge and Prospectus and consultation closing 23 May.

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8 May 2017. Monday. "New trains for the north". Rooms 5/6, Western House, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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8 May 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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8 May 2017. Monday. "The Greater Anglia Franchise - Going Forward" Speaker: Jamie Burles (MD Greater Anglia). Location: Bridge Ward Social Club, 68 Austin Street, Ipswich IP2 8DF. 19.15. Donation of £1.00 members/£2.00 non-members requested. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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8 May 2017. Monday. "Crossrail". London Underground Head Office (Tube: St James's Park), 10th Floor, 55 Broadway, London. 19.30-20.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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8 May 2017. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting. New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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

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9 May 2017. Tuesday. CANCELLED. Public information event for next South Eastern franchise. 16.00-19.00. Gravesend. More info: Gravesend and Prospectus and consultation closing 23 May.

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9 May 2017. Tuesday. "Class 323 Electric Multiple Unit Traction Upgrade". Alstom Transport Limited, Channel Way, Preston, PR2 2YA. 18.30-19.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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9 May 2017. Tuesday. "London Overground’s new operator – Arriva Rail London". Speaker: Will Rogers, Director, Arriva Rail London. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 May 2017. Tuesday. "The Impact of Railways on Cambridgeshire". Location: Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5HD. 19.30. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Cambridge branch event: RCTS

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10 May 2017. Wednesday. CANCELLED. Public information event for next South Eastern franchise. 16.00-19.00. Canterbury. More info: Canterbury and Prospectus and consultation closing 23 May.

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10 May 2017. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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11 May 2017. Thursday. "Policy priorities for the freight transport sector: regional strategies, international trade and the workforce shortfall." Seminar in London. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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11 May 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution: "West Coast Main Line – The Day Job and Beyond". 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More info: PWI

11 May 2017. Thursday. Tarka Rail Association AGM. Village Hall, Umberleigh. 19.15. More info: Tarka

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13 May 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Royal Naval Club, Market Street, Aberystwyth. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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13 May 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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13 May 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting in Tonbridge. 14.00. More info: Kent

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13 May 2017. Saturday. Huddersfield Penistone Sheffield RUA AGM. Village Hall, Stocksmoor. 14.30. (members only at 13.45)

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14 May 2017. Sunday. Kettering railway station 160th anniversary celebration. Unveiling of blue plaque by Northamptonshire lord lieutenant David Laing. Followed by an event in Wicksteed Park. More info: KCS

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15-27 May 2017. World class photography arrives at Birmingham New Street station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Birmingham

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15 May 2017. Monday. "The Future of Rail: Young Engineers Presentation Competition 2017". Location: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. More info IMechE

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15 May 2017. Monday. Institution of Railway Operators: "Greater Anglia New Franchise with Mike Kean." LUL HQ, 55 Broadway, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.45-20.00. More info: IRO

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15 May 2017. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group meeting. Guest speaker: Lord Faulkner of Worcester. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HR. 19.00-21.00. More info: ALRUG

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16 May 2017. Tuesday. Speaker: David Horne, Managing Director at Virgin Trains East Coast. Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ. 18.30-20.00. More info: RSA

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16 May 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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16 May 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. Community Rail in the City, an annual event where Community Rail Partnerships get together in major stations for the day to highlight their work and reasons to travel along their lines. This year’s event includes:
Birmingham New Street – Borderlands, Cambrian Coast, Chester-Shrewsbury, Conwy Valley, Heart of Wales, Abbey Line and Marston Vale CRPs
Leeds – Esk Valley and Penistone Line CRPs
London Blackfrairs - Sussex CRP
London King’s Cross – Poacher Line CRP
London Liverpool Street – Essex & South Suffolk, East Suffolk and Norfolk CRPs
London Paddington – Devon & Cornwall RP
London Waterloo – Isle of Wight and Three Rivers CRPs
Manchester Piccadilly – CR Humber
This year’s event will also see the launch of the new Scenic Rail Britain website. More details coming soon. More info: ACoRP

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. "GoVia Thameslink Railway - 'Omnia uno temore agenda: everything had to be done at once!'". Speaker: Charles Horton, CEO. Location: Redhill RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. "Northamptonshire Railfreight Event - Daventry". Speakers: David Turner - Director of Rail - Malcolm Logistics, Nick Gallop - Owner - Intermodality Ltd, Rupert Dyer - Managing Director at Rail Expertise Ltd. Location: Daventry International Railport, Railport Approach, Crick, Northamptonshire, NN6 7JZ. 18.30 to 21.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton line committee meeting in the No1 Inn, Cleethorpes station. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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17 May 2017. Wednesday. "The Railway Lecture - Upgrading London Waterloo". Speakers: Network Rail and South West Trains. Location: University of Surrey Business School of Management, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Alexander Fleming Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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18 May 2017. Thursday. Freight rail usage for Q4 2016/17 published. More info: ORR

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18 May 2017. Thursday. "New Subway Rolling Stock". Glasgow Caledonian University, Room 426F Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow G4 0BA. 17.30-19.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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18 May 2017. Thursday. "New Trains for the North". Newcastle Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE. 18.00-21.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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18 May 2017. Thursday. "Transforming rail in the north". Speaker: Sharon Keith, Regional Director, Northern. Location: County Hall, Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 0LD. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

18 May 2017. Thursday. Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers Association (Railfuture affiliate) AGM. WI Hall, Station Road, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5PA. 19.00 for 19.30 start. More info: EDRTA

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20 May 2017. Saturday. Railfuture AGM in Peterborough. John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library, 36-40 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX. 10.00-17.00. More info: conferences; email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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21 May. Sunday. Check before you travel in the Guildford area, due to track upgrade works. More info: Guildford

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21 May 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable changes, including Bedford-Bletchley retimings.

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22 May 2017. Monday. Cambridge North station opens to general public. More info: new stations

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22 May 2017. Monday. Introduction of first new Class 345 trains to MTR Crossrail services between London Liverpool Street (mainline) and Shenfield.

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22 May 2017. Monday. Transport for better: transport for a healthy city. Event (part 2) organised by the Transport Planning Society. Venue: London. Booking required. More info: tps

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22-23 May 2017. Monday-Tuesday. Scandinavian Rail Development conference in Stockholm. More info: SRDC

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23-24 May 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. 13th IARO Workshop: "What do good air-rail services look like?" London. More info: IARO

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23 May 2017. Tuesday. Close of consultation on next South Eastern franchise. See also Prospectus.

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23 May 2017. Tuesday. Close of Transport for Wales consultation on Design of Wales and Borders Rail Service including Metro.

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23 May 2017. Tuesday. "Getting on/off trains at stations - including trials of designing trains and stations for quick boarding and alighting." Speaker: Professor Nick Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, University College London. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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24 May 2017. Wednesday. CfBT London meeting. 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT London

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25 May 2017. Thursday. Passenger rail usage for Q4 2016/17 published. More info: ORR

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25 May 2017. Thursday. Close of consultation on Heathrow expansion: draft Airports National Policy Statement.

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27 May-4 June 2017. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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29 May-10 June 2017. World class photography arrives at London Charing Cross station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Charing Cross

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ORR publishes conclusions on structure of charges and contractual incentives from December 2016.
ORR updates guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans, following the HLOSs and SoFAs (if necessary).
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

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West Midlands new franchise contract award expected.
East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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1 June 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway and Surrey divisions joint meeting. Guest speaker: GTR Head of Strategy Phil Hutchinson on 2018 timetable consultation. Haywards Heath. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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5 June 2017. Monday. Members Seminars for Community Rail Partnerships and Station Adopters (North). Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BG. More info: ACoRP

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5 June 2017. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting. New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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6 June 2017. Tuesday. "Future rail infrastructure - building the rail capacity for tomorrow’s Britain". Radisson Blu Portman, London W1H 7BG. 09.00-18.20. More info: MF

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6 June 2017. Tuesday. "Rail electrification". Location: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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6 June 2017. Tuesday. Members Seminars for Community Rail Partnerships and Station Adopters (South). Fujitsu Services, 22 Baker Street, London, W1U 3BW. More info: ACoRP

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6 June 2017. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution. "Waterloo & South West Capacity Upgrade 2017". The Rose and Crown, Columbo Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8DP. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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6 June 2017. Tuesday. Speakers: Nick Hughes, Sales Director, and Koji Agatsuma, Head of Engineering at Hitachi Rail Europe. Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ. 18.30-20.00. More info: RSA

6 June 2017. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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7 June 2017. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution. "What can the Railways learn from Formula 1?". 10th Floor, London Underground, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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8 June 2017. Thursday. UK General Election. More info: Vote 2017

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8 June 2017. Thursday. Conference organised by TravelWatch NorthWest. Venue: Merseytravel, One Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP. 10.30. More info: TWNW

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8 June 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution. "Competing Priorities: Preserving Railway Heritage vs Running a Tourist Railway". 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More info: PWI

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8 June 2017. Thursday. "Cooling the Tube". Speaker: Sharon Duffy, Head of Station Systems Engineering, London Underground Crossrail and Stations. Location: The IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 20.40. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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10 June 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Wharf Station, Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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10 June 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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12-24 June 2017. World class photography arrives at London Paddington station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Paddington

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12 June 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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13-14 June 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO) Summer Conference. Cosla Conference Centre, Edinburgh. More info: ATCO

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13-14 June 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail. Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. More info: TT

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15 June 2017. Thursday. Confirmation of short-listed bidders for new West Coast Partnership franchise. More info: EoI.

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15 June 2017. Thursday. Scottish Transport Summit 2017. More info: STS

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15 June 2017. Thursday. Seminar on Priorities for a national air quality plan. Organised by Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum. London. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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15 June 2017. Thursday. Transport for better: cities and city regions. Event (part 3) organised by the Transport Planning Society. Venue: Manchester. Booking required. More info: tps

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17 June 2017. Saturday. Railfuture national summer conference, Leeds. Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD. 10.45-17.00. More info: conferences

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20 June 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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20 June 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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21 June 2017. Wednesday. "Women in Engineering". Speaker: Professor Alison Hodge MBE of Aston University. Location: University of Worcester, St John's Campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ. 19.30-21.00. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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22 June 2017. Wednesday. UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration conference at Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-16.45. More info: WF

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23 June 2017. Friday. Friends of the Far North Line AGM. Town House, Inverness. 11.45. More info: FoFNL

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23 June 2017. Friday. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club. With Railway Industry Innovation Awards, hosted by Roger Ford. More info: 4FC and RIIW

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24 June 2017. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia open meeting. Guest speaker: Allison Cosgrove - Railfuture Vice-Chair, Chair of Railfuture Scotland/Alba, Head of Passenger Group. Venue: St. Mary at Stoke church hall, Stoke Street, Ipswich IP2 8BX. 14.00. More info: RfEA

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26 June 2017. Monday. "The Mid-Hants - its history and operation". Location: Brighton BN1 4QS. 19.30. Donation of £2.50 requested. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Sussex branch event: RCTS

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26-29 June 2017. Monday-Thursday. "Railway Electrification Infrastructure and Systems (REIS)". Location: The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL. More info on this Institute of Engineering and Technology course: IET

27-28 June 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. World Metrorail Congress Americas 2017 in Philadelphia. More info: Terra

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29 June 2017. Thursday. Conference on priorities for transport in London and the South East: infrastructure, funding, and the Mayor's transport strategy. Speakers include Mike Brown, Transport Commissioner for London. More info: PFfL

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30 June 2017. Friday. Close of consultation on draft Kent Area Route Study.

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ORR consults on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and national system operator (NSO), including incentives and
NSO outputs. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

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3 July 2017. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting. New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

4 July 2017. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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5 July 2017. Wednesday. "Lower Thames Crossing Project - an update". Speaker: Martin Potts, Consultation Manager, Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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8 July 2017. Saturday. Railfuture stall at annual Uckfield Festival 'Big Day'. Come along to learn more about a new approach to Lewes-Uckfield and our campaign for Thameslink 2. 09.00-16.30. More info: UF

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8 July 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Millom station cafe, LA18 5AY. 14.00. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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8 July 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at White Lion, Machynlleth. 15.00. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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10 July 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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11 July 2017. Tuesday. "Devolution and economic growth in London - implications for infrastructure, competitiveness and development post-Brexit". Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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12 July 2017. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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18 July 2017. Tuesday. "Transport in the North of England: infrastructure, economic growth and devolution". Manchester. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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18 July 2017. Tuesday. "Business and franchise update from Northern". Location: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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18 July 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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19 July 2017. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton line AGM and OGM in the Sloop, Barton. 20.00. More info: FoBL

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20 July 2017. Thursday. Final date for Secretary of State for Transport and Scottish Ministers to provide their high-level output specifications (HLOSs) and statements of funds available (SoFAs) for Control Period 6. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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20 July 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway and Surrey divisions joint meeting. Guest speaker: Angie Doll, GTR Passenger Services Director for Southern/Gatwick Express. Haywards Heath. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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29 July 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds Division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-12.45. More info: Herts and Beds.

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1 August 2017. Tuesday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool. 19.00. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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5-28 August 2017. Major works at London Waterloo station. More info: Waterloo-1, Waterloo-2, Waterloo-3, Waterloo-4, Waterloo-5, Waterloo 6 months to go, Waterloo-7 with virtual reality download.

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8 August 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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12 August 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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12 August 2017. Saturday. Steam shuttles over Harringworth viaduct. Melton Mowbray-Corby. More info: Vintage Trains

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14 August 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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15 August 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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19 August 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting. Email: finance at railfuture.org.uk

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20 August 2017. Sunday. SouthWest Trains franchise (including 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension) under Stagecoach ends; South Western new franchise commences, under First/MTR. More info: First/MTR

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23 August 2017. Wednesday. 20th anniversary of first SVR passenger service from Tunbridge Wells West to Groombridge. More info: SVR

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26 August-3 September 2017. Major works at London Bridge station. More info: London Bridge

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31 August 2017. Thursday. Final day for booking members-only discount for national autumn conference in Leicester. More info: conferences

September


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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected. See EoI and Prospectus.

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ORR publishes an update document following the January 2017 consultation on the financial framework for PR18.
Deadline for responses to July 2017 consultation on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and NSO.
ORR publishes, if required, a more detailed consultation relating to charges and contractual incentives, following the June 2017 conclusions document.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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7 September 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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9 September 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Railway Hotel, Borth. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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9 September 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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11 September 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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13 September 2017. Wednesday. Rail Safety Summit in London. 08.00-15.55. More info: RSS

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13 September 2017. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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14 September 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution. "Bromsgrove Remodelling Project". 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More info: PWI

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14 September 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution. "Lineside Vegetation Management - A Train Operators Perspective". The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.30-20.00. More info: PWI

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19 September 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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20 September 2017. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton line committee meeting in the No1 Inn, Cleethorpes station. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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23 September 2017. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia open meeting. Venue: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Street, Norwich, NR2 1EW. 14.00. More info: RfEA

25 September-1 October 2017. Monday-Sunday. Rail Safety Week

October


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East Midlands new franchise bids due.

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4-6 October 2017. Wednesday-Friday. European Transport Conference. 
Casa Convalescència,
 Barcelona. ETC

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5 October 2017. Thursday. Community Rail Awards. Derby. More info: ACoRP

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7 October 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association AGM at White Lion, Machynlleth. 15.00. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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9 October 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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14 October 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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15 October 2017. Sunday. London Midland Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); West Midlands new franchise due to commence.

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19 October 2017. Thursday. "Next steps for UK infrastructure investment post-Brexit". London. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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24 October 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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28 October 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting. Email: finance at railfuture.org.uk

November


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West Coast Partnership new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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4 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture national autumn conference at the Curve Theatre, Leicester. More info: conferences

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7 November 2017. Tuesday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at The Sportsman, Severn Street, Newtown. 18.55. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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7 November 2017. Tuesday. "Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain's Rail Policy" Speaker: Lord Faulkner of Worcester. Location: Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Watford branch event: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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8 November 2017. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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9 November 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution. "The Future, Transport for the West Midlands". 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More info: PWI

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9 November 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution. "Ordsall Chord, Manchester". The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.30-20.00. More info: PWI

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11 November 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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13 November 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. 10th anniversary of the start of services in and out of St. Pancras International, transferring from Waterloo International.

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14-15 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. World Rail Festival, Amsterdam. WRF

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15 November 2017. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton line committee meeting in the Sloop, Barton. 20.00. More info: FoBL

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19 November 2017. Sunday. 10th anniversary of the start of services at Ebbsfleet International.

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21-22 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Caspian and Central Asia Rail in Baku. More info: CCAR

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25-26 November 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: NEC

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds Division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-12.45. More info: Herts and Beds.

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. "The Future of Rail - Investing and innovating: growing a 21st century railway". Hilton Tower Bridge, London. More info: MF

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29-30 November 2017. Wednesday-Thursday. IARO Workshop. Frankfurt. More info: IARO

December


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

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

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Station usage estimates for 2016/17 published. More info: ORR

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8 December 2017. Friday. Network Rail publishes its strategic business plans. Stakeholders are invited to comment on them to inform ORR scrutiny. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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9 December 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Royal Naval Club, Market Street, Aberystwyth. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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9 December 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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11 December 2017. Monday. Christmas social evening meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at The Star Inn, Normans Bay, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 6QG. (nearest station Normans Bay). More info: BRAG

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

2018


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Services between Brighton and Bedford re-introduced on a phased basis via London Bridge. Timetable structure north and south largely unaltered at this stage. Likely to be some changes to Southeastern and Kent Thameslink services too.

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ORR publishes conclusions following July 2017 consultation on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and national
system operator (NSO), including incentives and NSO outputs.

February


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West Coast Partnership new franchise - short-listed bidders to submit Best And Final Offers.

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6 February 2018. 10th anniversary of re-opening Ebbw Vale line, and Ebbw Vale Parkway, Newbridge, Risca & Pontymister, and Rogerstone stations, to passengers.

March


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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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West Coast Direct Award ends/1-year Service Continuation Contract begins.

May


3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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19 May 2018. Railfuture AGM in Edinburgh. 10.00-17.00. More info: conferences; email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. Significant changes to timetable in preparation for final December 2018 timetable. Whole network redesigned with increased Thameslink peak service of 20 trains per hour operating through Central London. Existing Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern services will also change. Initially four Thameslink trains per hour in peaks will break their links and only operate as far as London Bridge or London Blackfriars (from the south), restaringt from London Kings Cross (from the north) until high capacity infrastructure available through Central London core section.

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21 May 2018. Monday. Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport Terminal 4 transfer to MTR Crossrail. More info: crossrail

June


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Great Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
East Midlands new franchise - contract award expected.

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12 June 2018. ORR expected to publish and consult on its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

August


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South Eastern new franchise award expected. See EoI and Prospectus.
Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

4 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on scheduled BR mainline public service. More info: Publicsteam50

11 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on BR mainline. More info: Railtoursteam50 and Steamrailways-BBC4 and 'The Railway'

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

October


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

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31 October 2018. ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

November


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West Coast Partnership new franchise award expected.

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11 November 2018. East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019, with 9-period extension by DfT assumed until November 2018) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

December


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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Southeastern Direct Award due to end (extension of 6 reporting periods from June assumed, eligible for 1 additional reporting period extension); South Eastern new franchise due to commence. See EoI, franchise consultation, and franchise prospectus.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: crossrail

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens Desiro City Class 700 Thameslink trains. The four Thameslink services not running through in May linked to provide continuous journey north to south when final infrastructure upgrades completed and full benefits of Thameslink Programme realised.

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20 December 2018. ORR publishes ‘review notices’, setting out the changes to access contracts and Network Rail’s network licence needed to implement ORR's final determination.
Network Rail publishes its price lists for CP6, setting out the specific access charge rates that would be payable by train operators.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

2019


February


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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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Network Rail decides whether to accept or reject ORR's Final Determination for CP6.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

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

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ORR issues ‘review implementation notices’, confirming that the review will be implemented on 1 April 2019.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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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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West Coast Partnership new franchise due to commence.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts. Changes to train operators’ access contracts, including new access charges, and Network Rail’s network licence, take effect.

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

June


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Cross Country new franchise award expected.

October


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Arriva CrossCountry Direct Award due to end (additional 1-13 reporting periods extension available at Transport Secretary discretion); new franchise due to commence.

November


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

December


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Great Western new franchise award expected.

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

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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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Start of extended services on Northern line to Battersea Power Station, via Kennington and Nine Elms. More info: NLE

February


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Chiltern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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

May


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

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

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

October


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Chiltern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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13 December 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2021


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Services planned to start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

May


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New Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise operator due to be announced.
East Coast new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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

August


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

September


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Govia Thameslink Railway management contract ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)
TransPennine Express new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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

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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


January


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

February


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

April


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

May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

November


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New East Coast franchise operator due to be announced

December


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New TransPennine Express franchise operator due to be announced

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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2023


March


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

April


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

May


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

4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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

September


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

December


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

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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2024


February


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

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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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

May


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

2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

August


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East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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Northern franchise operator due to be announced

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

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

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

2025


April


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

May


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

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

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

October


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

December


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14 December 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2026


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

May


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

7 May 2026. Thursday. UK local elections.

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17 May 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2027


2028


Merseyrail concession due for renewal.

2029


April


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

November


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

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

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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