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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


January


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

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See Rail Franchise Schedule, December 2016.
WEST COAST PARTNERSHIP new franchise - Expressions of Interest invited from potential bidders. See EoI. See also Prospectus and new trains.

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ORR begins PR18, Periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024). 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.
More info: Promoting a dynamic and commercially sustainable rail sector, A safer more efficient and better-performing railway and Adapting how ORR regulates Network Rail.
See Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016 and Consultation on draft guidance on Network Rail's strategic business plans

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Network Rail expected to submit Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to governments and ORR. More info: More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Nov 2016

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until February 2017. Four-month full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works.
More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL; also GOBLIN-NR-1, GOBLIN-TfL-1, GOBLIN-NR-2, GOBLIN-TfL-2, GOBLIN-NR-3, GOBLIN-TfL-3, and GOBLIN-NR-4 video 80% complete; plus Walthamstow art and Walthamstow Wetlands wildflower meadow.
until 31 March 2017. Central Scotland timetable changes. More info: Edinburgh-Glasgow electrification, Changes from 22 October, and NRES
until May 2017. Autumn/winter route improvement works to Great Eastern main line. More info: GEML-1, TfL-Rail, time-lapse footage of works, GEML-2, GEML works across festive season and beyond, and NRES

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21 November 2016-18 February 2017. World class photography arrives at London Waterloo station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Waterloo

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11-31 January 2017. Devon's Tarka Line users invited to have their say on future of the Community Rail line to/from Barnstaple. More info: Tarka line and North Devon rail survey

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23 January 2017. Monday. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Understanding Transport and Mobility Issues for People with Hidden Disabilities" - an Accessibility an Inclusion Forum seminar. Location: Transport for London, 197 Blackfriars Road, London, SE18NJ (opposite Southwark underground station). 10.00 for 10.30 start, to 16.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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23 January 2017. Monday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Century Way, Leeds, LS15 8ZB. 12.00-20.00. More info: Garforth and DfT news

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23 January 2017. Monday. Email any late articles or pictures to editor at railwatch.org.uk for inclusion in the April 2017 edition of Railwatch.

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24 January 2017. Tuesday. National Rail Passenger Survey Autumn 2016 results published. More info: TF-NRPS

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24 January 2017. Tuesday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT. 12.00-20.00. More info: Hunslet and DfT news

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24 January 2017. Tuesday. 17.00 deadline for return of Expressions of Interest for new East Midlands franchise. More info: EoI. See also DfT Prospectus.

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24 January 2017. Tuesday. Oxford-Bicester Rail Action Group AGM. Islip Village Hall. 19.00-20.30. More info: OBRAG

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24 January 2017. Tuesday. "Growing the DLR." Speaker: Mark Davis, Head of Contracts and Business Performance, Docklands Light Railway Limited. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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25 January 2017. Wednesday. Bidder day for new West Coast Partnership franchise. More info: EoI.

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25 January 2017. Wednesday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Scarthingwell Lane, Tadcaster, LS24 9PF. 12.00-20.00. More info: Church Fenton and DfT news

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25 January 2017. Wednesday. "Mail Rail". Location: Chichester, PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event: RCTS.

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26 January 2017. Thursday. Drop-in event for Cardiff residents about Mardy Road bridge upgrade, for line electrification. The Rumney Partnership Hub, 24 Llanstephan Road, Cardiff, CF3 3JA. 15.00-19.00. More info: Cardiff

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27 January 2017. Friday. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club. Guest speaker Michael Holden, and annual Golden Whistle Awards MC Dick Fearn. More info: 4FC

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27 January 2017. Friday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Trowell, Nottingham, NG9 3QA. 12.00-20.00. More info: Trowell and DfT news

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27 January 2017. Friday. "The annual Scottish political event: The work of the House of Commons select committee on transport". Speaker: Stewart McDonald MP. Location: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1QE. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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28 January 2017. Saturday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4AA. 10.00-17.00. More info: Long Eaton and DfT news

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29 January 2017. Sunday. Showing of the 1945 classic film Brief Encounter at Stow Film Lounge, Mirth, Marvel & Maud, 186 Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 4QH. 14.00-16.30. More info: SFL

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31 January 2017. Tuesday. Last copy date for March branch newsletter 'railse'. Email: rf-southeast at ralfuture.org.uk

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End of full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works. Weekend closures continue until June. More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL; also GOBLIN-NR-1, GOBLIN-TfL-1, GOBLIN-NR-2, GOBLIN-TfL-2, GOBLIN-NR-3, GOBLIN-TfL-3, and GOBLIN-NR-4 video 80% complete; plus Walthamstow art and Walthamstow Wetlands wildflower meadow.

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ORR issues ‘review initiation notices’, 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 (2019-24).

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1 February 2017. Wednesday. 2nd annual "Transport-led development in the north of England". DLA Piper, 101 Barbirolli Square, Bridgewater, Manchester M2 3DL. 08.45-16.50. More info: WF

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1 February 2017. Wednesday. "Hitachi Trains". Location: Siemens Rail Automation, Langley Park, Pew Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1JD. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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1 February 2017. Wednesday. Wrexham-Bidston upgrade. Speaker: John Allcock, chairman, Wrexham Bidston Rail Users' Association. Location: Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF. 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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2 February 2017. Thursday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Market Street, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ. 12.00-20.00. More info: Hilcote and DfT news

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2 February 2017. Thursday. CRAG meeting at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL. Guest speaker: George Lowder, Transport for Edinburgh. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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3 February 2017. Friday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 3JL. 12.00-20.00. More info: Staveley and DfT news

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4 February 2017. Saturday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Bolsover, Chesterfield, S44 6JD. 10.00-17.00. More info: Bolsover and DfT news

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7 February 2017. Tuesday. European Railway Award anniversary celebration at Square Brussels Meeting Centre, Rue Mont des Arts, glass entrance, 1000 Brussels. 18.00-22.00. More info: UNIFE, CER

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7 February 2017. Tuesday. "Ten ways to grow Passenger Journeys". Speaker: Roger French OBE. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XH. 18.00 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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7 February 2017. Tuesday. "Rail Accident Investigation". Location: Siemens Rail Automation, Langley Park, Pew Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1JD. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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7 February 2017. Tuesday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Unicorn Hotel, Caersws. 18.30. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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7 February 2017. Tuesday. "The One That Got Away - The Wrexham & Shropshire Story" Speaker: Richard Harper. Location: Watford WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Watford branch event: RCTS

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7-8 February 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. 5th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017. Location: etc venues, St. Paul's, London. 08.45-17.15/16.05. More info: WF

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8 February 2017. Wednesday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Aston, Sheffield, S26 2EE. 12.00-20.00. More info: Aston and DfT news

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8 February 2017. Wednesday. Visit to Chiltern Railways Aylesbury depot. Location: Leach Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP218LG. 14.00-16.30. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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8 February 2017. Wednesday. "Light rail transport investment and economic development". Speaker: Professor Richard Knowles, University of Salford. Location: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH. 17.45 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 February 2017. Thursday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Thurcroft, Rotherham, S66 9JA. 12.00-20.00. More info: Bramley and DfT news

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

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9 February 2017. Thursday. Westminster Social Policy Forum. "Funding for regional projects beyond the European Union referendum - partnerships, devolution and the transition of EU Structural and Investment Funds". London. More info: WSPF

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10 February 2017. Friday. Consultation closes on the NIC's National Infrastructure Assessment. More info: Call for evidence

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10 February 2017. Friday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Mexborough, Doncaster, S64 0JJ. 12.00-20.00. More info: Mexborough and DfT news

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11 - 19 February 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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11 February 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting, London. Email: finance at railfuture.org.uk

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11 February 2017. Saturday. Milton Keynes model railway exhibition. Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN. 10.00-16.30. Free Routemaster bus from Milton Keynes Central station. £6 entry. Children £1. 50p off admission with a valid train ticket. More info: MKMRS

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11 February 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Yorkshire AGM at Town Hall, St George's Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY. 13.00-16.00. Email: yorkshire at railfuture.org.uk

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11 February 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 February 2017. Monday. ORR issues guidance to Network Rail on the strategic business plans (SBPs) the company will produce for CP6.

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13 February 2017. Monday. "Electrification of Severn Tunnel". Location: Cardiff University School of Engineering Room T2.09, Trevithick Building, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA. 17.00-20.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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13 February 2017. Monday. "Rail-based logistics - the future". Speaker: Julian Worth, Chairman CILT Rail Freight Forum. Location: Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, West Berkshire, RG1 1QH. 18.00-20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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13 February 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 February 2017. Tuesday. "Research at the Interfaces of the Rail System". Location: Manchester Metropolitan University Room C0.14, John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester M1 5GD. 17.30-18.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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15 February 2017. Wednesday. Rail BIM Summit in London. 08.00-14.30. More info: RBS

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15 February 2017. Wednesday. "Trams in Britain". Speaker: Colin Robey. Location: Network Rail, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND. 17.30 for 18.00 start. More info: RSA

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15 February 2017. Wednesday. "The customer heartbeat journey experience: Working in collaboration as an industry to drive a step change in customer satisfaction”. Speaker: Jacqueline Starr, MD for Customer Experience, Rail Delivery Group. 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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15 February 2017. Wednesday. "Three Rivers Partnership - an update." Speaker: Mark Miller. Location: Eastleigh Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh SO50 9FE. 19.30. Donation of £2 requested. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Solent branch event: RCTS

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16 February 2017. Thursday. "ATO - the future of mainline railway?". Location: London. 08.30-17.20. More info on this Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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16 February 2017. Thursday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Brierley, Barnsley, S72 9ET. 12.00-20.00. More info: Hemsworth and DfT news

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16 February 2017. Thursday. Railfuture North East branch meeting, with Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar and Nigel Harris from Rail magazine. Castle Gate, Newcastle. 19.00. More info: RfNE

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16 February 2017. Thursday. "HSTs for ScotRail". Location: 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 February 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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18 February 2017. Saturday. East Suffolk Transport Association Spring Meeting. Beccles station. 14:00. More info: ESTA

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20 February-11 March 2017. World class photography arrives at London Bridge station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: London Bridge

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20 February 2017. Monday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. New Crofton, Wakefield, WF4 1LB. 12.00-20.00. More info: Crofton and DfT news

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20 February 2017. Monday. "Future of railfreight - the engineering challenge". Location: London. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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20 February 2017. Monday. Wensleydale Railway branch meeting at Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton DL7 8SN at 19.30. Non members welcome. East African Railways and the Standard Gauge Project by Phil Kirkland, head of maintenance delivery, Tyne & Wear Metro (Nexus). More info: WR

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21 February 2017. Tuesday. "Policy priorities for England’s road network and developing the second Road Investment Strategy". London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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21 February 2017. Tuesday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. Aberford Road, Stanley, WF3 4JP. 12.00-20.00. More info: Normanton and DfT news

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21 February 2017. Tuesday. "Rail, Road and Intermodal Freight: An International View". Speaker: James Reading, IntelliTrans Ltd. 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

21 February 2017. Tuesday. Rail Stations and Property Summit. More info: RSPS

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

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

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22 February 2017. Wednesday. Public information event for HS2 Phase 2b route from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. The Met Hotel Leeds, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ. 12.00-20.00. More info: Leeds city centre and DfT news

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

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25 February 2017. Saturday. East Anglia branch AGM. Friends Meeting House, St Andrews Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ. 14.00. More info: EA; email: eastanglia at railfuture.org.uk

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25 February 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Severnside meeting. Bus-rail integration by Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport on St Aldhelm's Centre, Edgeware Road, Swindon SN1 1QS. Email: severnside at railfuture.org.uk

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27 February 2017. Monday. "The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway." Speaker: Roger Fagg. Location: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event: RCTS

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28 February 2017. Tuesday. "The Role of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch." Speaker: Neil Gove, Inspector of Rail Accidents, RAIB. 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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28 February 2017. Tuesday. Transport-led development in Scotland. Pinsent Masons, Edinburgh. 08.45-17.00. WF

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East Midlands new franchise - short-listed bidders to be announced. More info: EoI.

2 March 2017. Thursday. Close of consultation on Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance 2017.

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2 March 2017. Thursday. "Lower Thames Crossing Project". Speaker: Martin Potts, Consultation Manager, Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England. Location: tba. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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2 March 2017. Thursday. "Ten Years with Iarnrod Eireann/Irish Rail". Location: Methodist Church, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event: RCTS

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2 March 2017. Thursday. CRAG meeting at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL. Guest speaker: Jonathan Pugh, Network Rail Scotland. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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3 March 2017. Friday. "The Revival of Blackpool Trams". Location: Station Hotel, Carnforth. 19.30. Donation of £2.00 members/£4.00 non-members requested. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Furness Lakes & Lune branch event: RCTS

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4 March 2017. Saturday. TravelWatch SouthWest general meeting. Taunton. More info: TWSW

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7 March 2017. Tuesday. "An illustrated history of the Spa Valley Railway". Speaker: Brian Holford. 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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7-8 March 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Middle East Rail. Speakers include Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. More info: MER

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8 March 2017. Wednesday. "Priorities for the future of infrastructure in Wales". Cardiff. 08.30-13.00. More info: PfW

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8 March 2017. Wednesday. "Sheffield Tram/Train interfaces". Derby Roundhouse, Carriage Shop, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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

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8 March 2017. Wednesday. "Crossrail". Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, ST5 2GB. 19.00 to 21.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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9 March 2017. Thursday. Consultation closes on changes to charges and contractual incentives.

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9 March 2017. Thursday. "The Life and Times of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - A Personal Persective." Speaker: Philip Benham, former Chairman, North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Location: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 14.15 for 14.30 start. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event: RCTS

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

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11 March 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Lincolnshire AGM at St. Swithin's Community Centre, Baggholme Road, Lincoln LN2 5AX. Email: lincolnshire at railfuture.org.uk

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11 March 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Railway Station, Shrewsbury. 14.30. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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11 March 2017. Saturday. "Regional Railways". Location: Great Western Hotel, by Exeter St. David's Station EX4 4NU. 18.30 for 19.00 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West of England branch event: RCTS

12 March 2017. Sunday. Close of consultation on Freight Action Plan for Kent.

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13-25 March 2017. World class photography arrives at Glasgow Central station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Glasgow

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13 March 2017. Monday. "Trains that fit - the gauging dilemma". Location: IMechE, London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 21.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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13 March 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 March 2017. Monday. "Freightliner - The Inside Story." Speaker: Peter Graham, Rail Strategy Manager - Freightliner. Location: Bridge Ward Social Club, 68 Austin Street, Ipswich IP2 8DF. 19.00. A donation of £1.00 members/£2.00 non-members is requested. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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14 March 2017. Tuesday. "Transformation of Craigentinny". Location: Royal Scots Club, 30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. 17.30 to 19.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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14 March 2017. Tuesday. Speaker: David Waboso CBE, Digital Railway Director, Network Rail. Location: London Metropolitan University, 84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ. 18.00-19.30. More info: RSA

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14 March 2017. Tuesday. "Into the future with Northern". Speaker: Craig Harrop, Northern Rail. Location: Warrington WA1 1NB. 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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15 March 2017. Wednesday. Seminar on Policy priorities for transport in Scotland - infrastructure, connectivity, and supporting economic growth. With Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, The Scottish Government; Phil Verster, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance; George Lowder, Chief Executive, Transport for Edinburgh. More info: SPC

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

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16 March 2017. Thursday. "The Birth, Death and Rebirth of the Waverley Route." Speaker: Hamish Stevenson. Location: Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams, South Terrace, Darlington, Co. Durham DL1 5JD. 19.00. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, North East branch event: RCTS
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17-19 March 2017. Friday-Sunday. EPF conference. Rotterdam. More info: EPF

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20 March 2017. Monday. "International Railways". Location: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor, 55 Broadway, London. 17.30 to 20.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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20 March 2017. Monday. Wensleydale Railway branch meeting at Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton DL7 8SN at 19.30. Non members welcome. Topic: This Exploited Land - The North Yorks Moors National Park Authority. More info: WR

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21 March 2017. Tuesday. "National Training Academy for Rail". Location: NTAfR, Unit 5 Heathfield Way, Northampton, NN5 7QP. 18.30 to 20.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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

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21-22 March 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Asia Pacific Rail 2017 in Hong Kong. More info: TT

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21-22 March 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. "ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK". London. 08.45-17.00/08.45-16.00. More info: WF

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21-23 March 2017. Tuesday-Thursday. International exhibition of railway technology in Lille. More info: Sifer 2017

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21-23 March 2017. Tuesday-Thursday. Intermodal Asia 2017 in Shanghai. IA

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22 March 2017. Wednesday. "40 years of service". Speaker: Terence Jenner, the last BR Board Chairman. Location: Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event: RCTS.

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23 March 2017. Thursday. Policy priorities for UK rail services - market reform, digital railway, and customer service. London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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23 March 2017. Thursday. "Leeds High Speed Rail Station - the challenge of integrating the old with the new!". Location: Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, Thorpe Lane, Badsworth, Pontefract, WF9 1AB. 11.00-13.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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23 March 2017. Thursday. CRUG AGM in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. Guest speakers: Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar and Nigel Harris of Rail magazine. 19.00. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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23 March 2017. Thursday. "Hitachi Rail – New Trains, New Depots, New People". Location: The Quadrant:MK, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1EN. 17.00-19.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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25-26 March 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at London rail festival. More info: Alexandra Palace

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27 March-8 April 2017. World class photography arrives at Liverpool Lime Street station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Liverpool

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27 March 2017. Monday. "Metroisation". Speaker: Stuart Cheshire - Passenger Services Director, Govia Thameslink Railway. Location: Roade Village Hall, Baily Brooks Lane, Roade, Northampton NN7 2LS. 14.00. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch, event: RCTS.

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28 March 2017. Tuesday. "Forty Years of Service." Speaker: Terence Jenner, A Talk by the Last Chairman of the BR Board. 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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31 March 2017. Friday. Settle-Carlisle line reopens. More info: S&C-1 and S&C-2

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31 March 2017. Friday. Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers' Association AGM. Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5SX. 19.45. More info: MMPA

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South Western new franchise award expected.

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1-23 April 2017. Saturday to Sunday. During this Easter 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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1 April 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Wessex branch AGM. Brockenhurst Village Hall. 13.30. More info: Wessex

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4 April 2017. Tuesday. "The Forth Bridge". Speaker: Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland. Location: Royal OverSeas League, 100 Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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4 April 2017. Tuesday. "Development of a new West Midlands Railfreight Exchange". Speaker: from Four Ashes Ltd. Location: Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RU. 18.00 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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4 April 2017. Tuesday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at The Sportsman, Severn St, Newtown. 18.55. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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

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5 April 2017. Wednesday. "Railways - the digital effect". Location: Liverpool. 14.00. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester & North Wales branch event: RCTS.

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5 April 2017. Wednesday. Speaker: Martijn Gilbert, CEO Reading Buses. Location: London Metropolitan University, 84 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SQ. 18.00-19.30. More info: RSA

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6 April 2017. Thursday. "Regional airports in the UK: priorities for connectivity, capacity and investment". Birmingham. 12.30-17.00. More info: WEETF

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6 April 2017. Thursday. Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users' Group. Guest speakers Nigel Harris Editor of Rail magazine and journalist Christian Wolmar also Railfuture President. Yeovil Steam Centre. 16.00. More info: Wessex

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

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6 April 2017. Thursday. "A Life Working in the Railway Industry". Speaker: Stephen Barker - Senior Executive, Chiltern Railways. Location: Methodist Church, Silver Street, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch, event: RCTS.

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6 April 2017. Thursday. CRAG meeting at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL. Guest speaker: Andrew McLean, National Railway Museum. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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8 April 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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10-22 April 2017. World class photography arrives at Manchester Piccadilly station - "Lines in the landscape" award, landscape photographer of the year. More info: Manchester

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10 April 2017. Monday. "Trams in the West Midlands - future plans". Speaker: Peter Adams, Head of Metro Development, Centro. Location: Mott MacDonald, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3PU. 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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10 April 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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10 April 2017. Monday. "Elizabeth line (Crossrail) progress". Location: Croydon CR0 5LP. 19.30. £3.50 non-members/£2.50 members donations requested. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Croydon branch, event: RCTS.

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11 April 2017. Tuesday. "The North West Electrification Programme". Location: Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd - Crewe, Dunwoody Way/West Street, Crewe, CW1 3JB. Pre-registration required. 16.30-19.45. More info on this free Institute of Engineering and Technology event: IET

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

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14-17 April 2017. Good Friday-Easter Monday. Easter holiday weekend. Expect route improvement works and alterations to services.

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15 April 2017. Saturday. "Behind the scenes at the National Railway Museum". Location: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ. 14.30 to 16.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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17 April 2017. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group meeting. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HR. 19.00-21.00. More info: ALRUG

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18 April 2017. Tuesday. "'Best Impressions' - Public Transport by Design". Speaker: Ray Stenning, Best Impressions. 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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20 April 2017. Thursday. "ScotRail's Smart Ticketing". Location: Glasgow Caledonian University, Room 426F Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30 to 19.30. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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21 April 2017. Friday. "The future of the Northern Powerhouse and the next steps for regional development". Manchester. 08.30-13.00. More info: SPF

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22 April 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Thames Valley AGM. The Hub, Easton Street, High Wycombe HP11 1NJ. 10.30. More info: TV

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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

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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.

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24 April 2017. Monday. "Shift2Rail: technical innovation for modal shift". Location: IMechE, London, SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 21.00. More info on this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers event: IMechE

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24 April 2017. Monday. "Onwards to Corwen". Location: Chester, CH1 3AE. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester & North Wales branch event: RCTS.

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24 April 2017. Monday. "Railways to Airports - A Worldwide Overview." Speaker: Andrew Sharp. Location: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info on this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event: RCTS

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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. "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. AGM of Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association. More info: BBRUA

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

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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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29 April 2017. Saturday. Branch AGM. More info: L&SE

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29 April 2017. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line AGM at Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DZ. More info: FoSCL

May


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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 - Nov 2016

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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. More info: Vote 2017

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4 May 2017. Thursday. CRAG AGM at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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

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

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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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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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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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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. "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. Friends of the Barton line committee meeting in the No1 Inn, Cleethorpes station. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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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. "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

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20 May 2017. 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 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

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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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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 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 - Nov 2016

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

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End of weekend closures of Gospel Oak-Barking line for platform-lengthening and electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL

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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. 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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16 June 2017. Friday. Speaker: 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

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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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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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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. 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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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. "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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SouthWest Trains franchise (including 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension) ends; South Western new franchise due to commence.

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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

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

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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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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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East Midlands new franchise bids due.

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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 - Nov 2016

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

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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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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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

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

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ORR expected to hold workshop on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.
Close of expected ORR stakeholder consultation on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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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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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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

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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 its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation. More info: PR18

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South Eastern new franchise award expected.
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'

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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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Close of expected consultation on ORR's draft determination of Network Rail's Strategic Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

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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: PR18

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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.

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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.

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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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 Desiro City Class 700 Thameslink trains.

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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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31 March 2019. Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to be published by this date.

April


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West Coast Partnership new franchise due to commence.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

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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.

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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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

March


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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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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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