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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.

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2015


August


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Every day, throughout this summer holiday, and the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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Invitation To Tender (ITT) for new East Anglia franchise expected.

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4 August 2015. Tuesday. Draft Hertfordshire Rail Strategy consultation closes. More info: Herts

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

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11 August 2015. Tuesday. East Norfolk Transport Users Association AGM and public open meeting. St. Paul's Church hall, Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth. 18.30 AGM, then 19.30. More info: ENTUA

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15 August 2015. Saturday Bishop Auckland station open day. 10.00-15.00. More info: ba-rail

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15 August 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent Division meeting in Deal. 14.00. More info: Kent

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

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28-31 August 2015. Friday-Monday. Check before you travel - major network improvement works continue. More info: major projects and details here.

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29-31 August 2015. Saturday-Monday. Throughout this Bank holiday weekend, and the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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31 August 2015. Monday. Final day of members-only discount for Railfuture autumn conference, including presentation of annual Rail User Group Awards, in Bristol. More info: conferences

September


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1 September 2015. Tuesday. Closing date for nominations for Rail User Group Awards 2015. More info: RUGAwards

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

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6 September 2015. Sunday. Borders Railway opens. More info: Borders

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8 September 2015. Tuesday. "The Youth Group of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society". Speakers: Amanda Kilburn, Business Development Director and Mark Adamson, Trainee Fireman at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Location: Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking NOT required for this free event. More info: CILT

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8 September 2015. Tuesday. "How LHR are complying with Davies Commission surface transport limitations". Speakers: Chris Joyce, Surface Access Strategy Manager, Heathrow Airport Ltd, and Colin Izzard, Surface Deliver Manager, Metroline Travel. Location: Holiday Inn, UB7 0DP. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

8 September 2015. Tuesday. "Sustainable Transport: Beyond 2015" Conference at The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, London. More info: ST

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

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9 September 2015. Wednesday. Thames Valley branch jointly with Oxon & Bucks Rail Action Committee. Guest speaker Stephen Barker on the Bicester-Oxford Railway. Location: Bicester Town Council, The Garth Launton Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6PS. 19.00. More info: Thames Valley branch

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

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12 September 2015. Saturday. Music Train departs Maidstone West 14.27 to 16.27. Coco and Butterfields performing. Light refreshments and real ale on board. Board at any station on the Medway Valley line from Paddock Wood to Strood. Normal fares apply. Organised by Kent Community Rail Partnership. More info: Music train

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

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12-13 September 2015. Saturday-Sunday. Lincolnshire Railfuture stall at annual Grantham Rail Show. Walton Girls' High School and Sixth Form, Kitty Briggs Lane, Grantham, NG31 7JR. Less than a mile from Grantham station. Saturday: 10.00-17.00. Sunday: 09.30-16.30. Admission £4. Child £2. More info: GRS

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12-13 September 2015. Saturday-Sunday. 100 years of electric trains in Sweden celebrated at Swedish Railway Museum. More info: SWR

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13-16 September 2015. Monday-Wednesday. Trades Union Congress at Brighton Centre. More info: TUC

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14 September 2015. Monday. Rail Forum Europe event at European Parliament, Brussels. The role of rail in sustainable mobility. More info: RFE

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14 September 2015. Monday. Skipton & East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership open members meeting. Colne. 19.00. More info: SELRAP

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

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15 September 2015. Tuesday. Developing UK Freight seminar in London. London. More info: WEETF

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16 September 2015. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line. No.1 Pub, Railway Station, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AX. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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17 September 2015. Thursday. "From tunnels to railway - bringing Crossrail into operation". Speaker: Howard Smith, Crossrail Operations Director. Location: Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy, E12 5LN. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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17 September 2015. Thursday. UK Rail Industry Forum. Stephenson Harwood, London. 08.45-17.20. More info: UKRIF

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

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19 September 2015. Saturday. Infrastructure & Networks Group. London.

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

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22 September 2015. Tuesday. "The InterCity story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD of BR InterCity. Location: Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.
Buy his book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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24 September 2015. Thursday. Birmingham New Street station redevelopment, final phase opens. More info: BNS

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26 September 2015. Saturday. Railfuture passenger group meeting at Friends of the Earth, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5TH. 13.00. Contact: RfPA

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

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28 September 2015. Monday. "Electrification and enhancements on the Great Western". Speakers: Tom Pierpoint, FGW and Kevin Miller, Network Rail. Location: Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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

October


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

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4-7 October 2015. Sunday to Wednesday. Conservative Party conference, Manchester. More info: ConPC

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5 October 2015. Monday. "Midland Metro". Location: Birmingham, B8 2AS. 14.00. More info: RCTS

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5 October 2015. Monday. "Southeastern update". Speaker: MD David Statham. Location: Ashford, TN23 1RD. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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

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6-8 October 2015. Tuesday-Thursday. Elmia Nordic Rail at Jonkoping, Sweden. More info: NR

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

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8 October 2015. Thursday. Rail Vehicle Enhancements Exhibition at Pride Park, Derby. More info: RVE

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8 October 2015. Thursday. Conference and TWNW AGM. Merseytravel offices, One Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP. AGM at 10.15 followed by conference at 11.00. More info: TWNW

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

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

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12 October 2015. Monday. "Grand Central Railways". Speaker: Sean English, CEO GCR. Location: Sheffield, S1 4EL. 19.00 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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13 October 2015. Tuesday. What role for transport in European Union emissions trading system? Stanhope Hotel, rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels. 18.30-20.30. More info: CER

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15 October 2015. Thursday. "Alliancing to make improvements at Peterborough and beyond". Speaker: Gary Smithson, King's Cross and Peterborough Station Manager. Location: Peterborough, PE1 1QL. 17.45 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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

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17 October 2015. Saturday. Plug in the Midland Main Line protest at Leicester rail station. 12.00. Contact: healthyairleics@gmail.com

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19 October 2015. Monday. Avocet Line RUG AGM. Malthouse, The Globe, Fore Street, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0HR. More info: Avocet

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20 October 2015. Tuesday. "How the logistics and transport industry contributes to Scotland's future economic success". Speaker: Hugh Aitken, Director of CBI Scotland. Location: ScotRail, Glasgow, G2 6HQ. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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21 October 2015. Wednesday. Vernon Murphy Memorial Lecture - joint CILT/RSA event. Speaker: Jeremy Long, CEO European Business, MTR Corporation. Location: London Metropolitan University. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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23-25 October 2025. Friday-Sunday. Revolving Words - Festival of Railway Literature at Bedale station, North Yorkshire. The festival also celebrates 25th anniversary of the Wensleydale Railway Association. More info: RW

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24 October to 1 November 2015. Saturday-Sunday. Throughout this half-term holiday, and the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events

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26 October 2015. Monday. Train services start between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway as the first stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 project. More info: CR

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

November


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

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

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9 November 2015. Monday. Skipton & East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership open members' meeting at New Road Community Centre, Earby BB18 6XA. 19.00. More info: SELRAP

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

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10 November 2015. Tuesday. Members' seminar North, Manchester. More info: ACoRP. Contact: office.

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11 November 2015. Wednesday. "Transport in London and the South East". Policy Forum for London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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

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

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17 November 2015. Tuesday. Members' seminar South, London. More info: ACoRP. Contact: office.

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

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

27 November 2015. Friday. Golden Spanner Awards at Fourth Friday Club, London. After-lunch speaker Andrew McNaughton, Chief Technical Director HS2. 09.00-15.30. More info: 4FC

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28-29 November 2015. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall B22 at Warley National Exhibition 2015. NEC, Birmingham. More info: NEC

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28 November 2015. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 10.45. More info: Herts and Beds

December


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New TransPennine Express and Northern franchise operators due to be announced, starting April 2016.

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Station usage estimates for 2014/15 due to be published. More info: Station Usage

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

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4 December 2015. Friday. "The Network SouthEast story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD of NSE. Location: Filton, Bristol, BS34 7BX. 19.00 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS.
Buy his book, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop.

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

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5 December 2015. Saturday. Passenger group meeting at International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, London WC1N 1AS. 13.00. Contact: RfPA

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

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8 December 2015. Tuesday. "Rail North - the path to devolution of rail services in the North of England". Speaker: Hugh Chaplain, TfGM Rail Devolution Manager. Location: Liverpool, L1 1JF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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8 December 2015. Tuesday. Seminar on developing low emission transport. London. More info: WEETF

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13 December 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

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21 December 2015. Monday. "Arriva Trains Wales: last 10 years going forwards". Speaker: Ben Davies. Location: Chester, CH1 3AE. 19.30. More info: RCTS

2016


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Introduction of first new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

January


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National Rail Passenger Survey for Autumn 2015 due to be published by Transport Focus. More info: NRPS

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

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12 January 2016. Tuesday. "GCR bridge progress, and ongoing future projects". Speaker: Tom Ingall, Great Central Railway. Location: Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

February


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2 February 2016. Tuesday. "The Waverley Route between Edinburgh and Carlisle". Speaker: Dennis Lovett, formerly with Virgin Trains, now with Bachmann. Location: Watford WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS.
Buy the book 'The life, death and rebirth of the Borders Railway' at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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

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

March


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

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1 March 2016. Tuesday. "The London Midland franchise". Speaker: Francis Thomas. Location: Watford, WD17 1JJ. 19.00. More info: RCTS.

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

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

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

April


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

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

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19-20 April 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. MetroRail 2016. Business Design Centre, London. More info: MR

May


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

5 May 2016. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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21 May 2016. Saturday. National AGM. Milton Keynes.

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

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28 May 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

June


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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced, starting October.

July


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

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

August


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

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30 August 2016. Tuesday. Timetable revisions: Southeastern services to/from Charing Cross resume calls at London Bridge; services to Cannon Street cease calls at London Bridge. More info: TLP and SEAug2016

September


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

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

October


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16 October 2016. New East Anglia franchise due to commence.

November


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13 November 2016. Sunday. Transport for London's second London Overground concession due to commence.

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

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

December


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

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Target date for Royal Assent for the Hybrid Bill for phase 1 of HS2, containing legal powers to construct and operate.

2017


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

February


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ORR expected to issue formal Advice to Ministers on Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

May


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

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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21 May 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

July


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Secretary of State for Transport, and Scottish Ministers, expected to publish High-Level Output Specifications (HLOS) and Statements of Funds Available (SoFA) for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

November


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

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

December


Planned start of passenger services on East-West Rail Link between Oxford and Bedford. More info: EWR

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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2018


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

January


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Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) expected to be published.

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ORR expected to invite comments on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.

February


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

May


3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport to be transferred to Crossrail concession operator. More info: crossrail

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ORR expected to publish its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.

August


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

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

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

October


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ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

December


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Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: crossrail

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Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

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

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2019


February


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

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

April


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

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

December


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

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Services start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2020


May


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

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2021


May


6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2023


May


4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2024


May


2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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

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

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2025


May


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

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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14 December 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2026


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

May


7 May 2026. Thursday. UK local elections.

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17 May 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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