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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

2016


June


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~ South Western new franchise Invitation To Tender (ITT) due to be issued to short-listed bidders; new franchise contract award due in February for start in June 2017.
~ East Anglia new franchise operator due to be announced, starting 16 October for 9 years.
~ West Coast new franchise Expressions of Interest (EoI) expected to be invited from potential bidders; Invitaton to Tender to short-listed bidders due in November.

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ORR begins PR18, Periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024) with initial consultation closing 10 August.
More info: Promoting a dynamic and commercially sustainable rail sector and a safer more efficient and better-performing railway.

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4 June-23 September 2016. Saturday to Friday. Gospel Oak-Barking line closures for route electrification and station platform-lengthening. No Overground services, apart from weekdays-only until September between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham.
More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL; also GOBLIN-NR and GOBLIN-TfL

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23 June 2016. Thursday. National Women in Engineering Day. More info: NWED and NWED-NR1 and NWED-NR2 and Women in rail

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27 June - 3 July 2016. Monday to Sunday. RAILWEEK organised by Young Rail Professionals. More info: RW and YRP and NR and Transport careers

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29 June 2016. Wednesday. Public drop-in event for Shepperton-Fulwell-Teddington and Strawberry Hill residents about 16-30 July closure. Shepperton station, 16.30 to 18.30.

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29 June 2016. Wednesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk on "Opening a new railway - a 21st century challenge". University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. More info: IET

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29 June-1 July 2016. Wednesday-Friday. "Next Generation Rail: NTAR - National Training Academy for Rail". Location: NTAR, Northampton, NN5 7QP. More info: CILT. Conference bookings at NTAR

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30 June 2016. Thursday. "Planning & Transport: Another Turn of the Wheel?". Location: Plymouth University, Drake's Circus, PL4 8AA. 09.30 for 10.00 start, to 16.30. Booking required for this event. More info: CILT

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30 June 2016. Thursday. High Speed Rail in the UK conference in London. More info: HSRUK

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30 June 2016. Thursday. Public drop-in event for Shepperton-Fulwell-Teddington and Strawberry Hill residents about 16-30 July closure. Sunbury station, 16.30 to 18.30.

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30 June 2016. Thursday. National Rail Passenger Survey results from Spring 2016 to be published. More info: NRPS

July


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West Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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1 July 2016. Friday. Public drop-in event for Shepperton-Fulwell-Teddington and Strawberry Hill residents about 16-30 July closure Hampton station, 07.00 to 09.00.

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2 July 2016. Saturday. Lincolnshire branch meeting at Saxilby Methodist Church, Main Street, Saxilby LN1 2HA. 13.00. Contact: RfL

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4 July 2016. Monday. Public drop-in event for Cambridgeshire residents about ECML 4th track. Abbots Ripton Village Hall, Huntingdon, PE28 2PF. 16.00-20.00.

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4 July 2016. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail. New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2JN. 19.30 More info: RVR

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5 July 2016. Tuesday. Public drop-in event for Cambridgeshire residents about ECML 4th track. Woodwalton Village Hall, Woodwalton, PE28 5YN. 16.00-20.00.

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5 July 2016. Tuesday. "Progressing new rail schemes". Speaker: Adeola Dada, Network Rail. Location: Liverpool, L1 1JF. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. More info: CILT

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5 July 2016. Tuesday. "Crossrail - moving towards the operational railway". Speaker: Howard Smith, Crossrail. Location: Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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5 July 2016. Tuesday. South East Northumberland Rail User Group. Morpeth Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1LZ. 19.30. More info: SENRUG

7 July 2016. Thursday. UK infrastructure policy conference in London. More info: UKIPC

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7 July 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch. "The Regional Railways Story". Speaker: Chris Green, former MD of Network SouthEast and InterCity, on behalf of Gordon Pettitt, former MD, and last pre-Network SouthEast General Manager of BR's Southern Region. Location: Milton Keynes, MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS
Buy Gordon's new book, at a discount, from the Railfuture shop

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8 July 2016. Friday. Public drop-in event for Cambridgeshire residents about ECML 4th track. Huntingdon Town Hall (Assembly Hall), Huntingdon, PE29 3PJ. 16.00-20.00.

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9 July 2016. Saturday. Retro Railtours Canterbury Belle. Leeds 05.55-Canterbury 12.45. Canterbury 16.00-Leeds 23.00. More info: RRT

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9 July 2016. Saturday. Railfuture stall advocating Uckfield-Lewes line reinstatement and expansion into Thameslink 2, at Uckfield Festival's 'Big Day'. Luxford Field, off Civic Approach, Uckfield. 09.00-17.00. Background info: Festival 2016

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9 July 2016. Saturday. Public drop-in event for Cambridgeshire residents about ECML 4th track. Huntingdon Town Hall (Assembly Hall), Huntingdon, PE29 3PJ. 10.00-15.00.

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9 July 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. White Lion, Machynlleth. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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10 July 2016. Sunday. Closing date for 2016 Landscape photographer of the Year competition. More info: NR-LPYc

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11 July 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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13 July 2016. Wednesday. Future of transport policy in the north seminar in Manchester. More info: weetf

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13 July 2016. Wednesday. UK rail station regeneration and development conference in London. More info: WF

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13 July 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Email: SW

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13 July 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

18 July 2016. Monday. Harrow Public Transport Users' Association. Baptist Church, College Road, Harrow. 19.30.

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19 July 2016. Tuesday. "Policy approaches for UK freight and logistics". Chaired by Louise Ellman MP, Chair of Commons' Transport Committee. 08.30-12.55. More info: P-UK

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20 July 2016. Wednesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members' seminar North. York. More info: ACoRP

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20 July 2016. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meet at The Sloop, Barton-under-Humber. 18.00 for 20.00 start. More info: FoBL; Email: eFoBL

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21 July 2016. Thursday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members' seminar South. London. More info: ACoRP

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21 July 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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21 July 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign AGM. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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23 July 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-13.00. More info: Herts and Beds

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23-31 July 2016. Saturday to Sunday. First Busk-in-London Festival. More info: Busk

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23 July - 4 September 2016. Saturday to Sunday. During this school summer 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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30 July 2016. Saturday. Infrastructure & Networks Group. Newcourt, Exeter. Email: Secretary.

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30 July to 7 August 2016. Saturday to Sunday. Rail services suspended between Leamington Spa-Banbury-Bicester North for route improvement works. More info: NR1 and NR2 and CR

August


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

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2 August 2016. Tuesday. Close of consultation on next InterCity West Coast franchise. More info: ICWC

5 August 2016. Friday. Close of National Infrastructure Commission's call for evidence on Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford growth corridor.

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8 August 2016. Monday. Glasgow Queen Street High Level station reopens after 20-week closure for major upgrade works. More info: GQS-NR and GQS-SR

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8 August 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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8 August 2016. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail. New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2JN. 19.30 More info: RVR

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9 August 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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10 August 2016. Wednesday. Close of initial consultation on Periodic review 2018 (PR18). More info: PR18

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13 August 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Railway Hotel, Borth. 12.15. More info: SARPA

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16 August 2016. Tuesday. Action for Rail day.

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18 August 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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19 August 2016. Friday. Start of London's Night Tube services, on Central on Victoria lines. More info: N-Tube

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20 August 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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20 August 2016. Saturday. Finance & Corporate Governance and Operations Groups joint meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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27-29 August 2016. Saturday-Monday. Train services affected by reconstruction of 140-year-old Station Road bridge, Hucknall. More info: NwR-Hucknall

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27 August - 1 September 2016. Saturday to Thursday. Major timetable revisions. From Bank Holiday Monday 29 August Southeastern services to/from Charing Cross resume calls at London Bridge; services to Cannon Street cease calls at London Bridge. More info: TLP and SEAug2016-1 and SEAug2016-2

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31 August 2016. Wednesday. Final date of members-only discount for Autumn conference, including presentation of annual Rail User Group Awards, in Birmingham, on Saturday 12 November. More info: conferences and RUG Awards

September


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Network Rail expected to publish Initial Industry Plans for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation. More info: PR18

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

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1 September 2016. Thursday. Copy date for letters and articles for October 2016 issue no.149. Email to: Editor

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3 September 2016. Saturday. Closing date for nominations for Rail User Group Awards 2016, to be presented at autumn conference in Birmingham on Saturday 12 November.

8 September 2016. Thursday. Digital Rail conference in London. More info: DR

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8 September 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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

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10 September 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool. 11.30. More info: SARPA

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12 September - 21 October 2016. Monday-Friday. Severn Tunnel closed for works to accommodate new electric trains. More info: NR-1 and NR-2 and NR-3 and GWR

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12 September 2016. Monday. "Sustaining the future. Railway Division Chair's address". London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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12 September 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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14 September 2016. Wednesday. UK rail industry forum in London. More info: WF

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14 September 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Email: SW

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14 September 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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15 September 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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17 Septemberl 2016. Saturday. Lincolnshire branch meeting at Saxilby Methodist Church, Main Street, Saxilby LN1 2HA. 13.00. Contact: RfL

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18 September 2016. Sunday. Railfuture stall at Haywards Heath Railway Station 175th Anniversary. More info: HH175

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20-23 September 2016. Tuesday-Friday. InnoTrans. Berlin. More info: InnoTrans

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20 September 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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21 September 2016. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meet at The No.1 Inn, Cleethorpes. 19.00. More info: FoBL; Email: eFoBL

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23 September 2016. Friday. End of four-month part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line, South Tottenham-Barking, for platform-lengthening and electrification works.
More info: e-GOBLIN-NR-1, e-GOBLIN-NR-2 and e-GOBLIN-TfL

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24 September 2016. Saturday. Start of 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 and GOBLIN-TfL

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24 September 2016. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. Birmingham. Contact: RfPA

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26 September 2016. Monday. "High Speed rail technologies". London SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

26 September 2016. Monday. Harrow Public Transport Users' Association AGM. Baptist Church, College Road, Harrow. 19.30.

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29 September 2016. Thursday. Community Rail Awards. Southport. More info: ACoRP

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30 September 2016. Friday. Women in Rail's Big Rail Diversity Challenge, in Leicestershire. More info: WIR

October


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Cross Country franchise ends, start of anticipated Direct Award until start of new franchise expected in October 2019.

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3 October 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South East branch. "London Bridge update". Speaker: James Elford, Costain Construction Project Manager. Location: Ashford, TN23 1RD. 19.30. More info: RCTS.

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5-7 October 2016. Wednesday-Friday. European Transport conference in Barcelona. More info: ETC

6 October 2016. Thursday. Rail Vehicles and Enhancements 2016. Pride Park, Riverside, Derby. 09.00-16.30. More info: RVE2016

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6 October 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 October 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association AGM. White Lion, Machynlleth. 11.00. More info: SARPA

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10 October 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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11 October 2016. Tuesday. "Progress towards a sustainable railway". London, SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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12 October 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Email: SW

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16 October 2016. Abellio Greater Anglia franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension) OR new 9-year East Anglia franchise commences (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension).

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20 October 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

22 October 2016. Saturday. National Council for Inland Transport AGM at the East Anglian Railway Museum, next to Chappel and Wakes Colne station. 14.00. ncit

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22-30 October 2016. Saturday to Sunday. During this school half term holiday week, 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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24 October 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Sussex branch. "The Brighton Main Line". Location: Brighton BN1 4QS. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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24 October 2016. Monday. Copy date for letters and articles for December 2016 issue no.150. Email to: Editor

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25 October 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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28-30 October 2016. Friday-Sunday. Exporail Moscow. More info: exporail

November


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West Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement.

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1 November 2016. Tuesday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. The Sportsman, Severn Street, Newtown. 18.50. More info: SARPA

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3 November 2016. Thursday. The future of London’s transport strategy seminar. More info: WF

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3 November 2016. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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3 November 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch. "Discontinued! Gaps in Britain's Rail Policy". Speaker: Chris Austin OBE, former senior manager with BR and SRA. Location: Milton Keynes MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS
Buy his books, co-authored with Lord Richard Faulkner, "Holding the line - how Britain's railways were saved" and "Discontinued! Gaps in Britain's Rail Policy", at a discount, from the Railfuture shop

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5 November 2016. Saturday. Finance & Corporate Governance and Operations groups joint meeting. Contact: Company Secretary

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8 November 2016. Wednesday. "High Speed One in its tenth year". Speaker: Lester Hillman. Location: Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking NOT required for this free event. More info: CILT

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9 November 2016. Wednesday. West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Moor Street station. 18.00-20.00. All welcome but please give notice of attendance. Contact: WM

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9 November 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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9-11 November 2016. Wednesday-Friday. Global AirRail conference. Clarion Hotel, Aviapolis, Helsinki. More info: airrail

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12 November 2016. Saturday. Autumn conference, and annual Awards for Rail User Groups. Birmingham. More info: conferences and RUG Awards

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

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14 November 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Location: Hastings Direct, Conquest House, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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16 November 2016. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meet at The Sloop, Barton-under-Humber. 18.00 for 20.00 start. More info: FoBL; Email: eFoBL

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17 November 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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19 November 2016. Saturday. Lincolnshire branch meeting at Saxilby Methodist Church, Main Street, Saxilby LN1 2HA. 13.00. Contact: RfL

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19 November 2016. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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

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26-27 November 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at Warley National Exhibition. Stand D54, Hall 5, NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: NEC

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30 November 2016. Wednesday. "New trains for Crossrail". Location: Prospects College of Advanced Technology Basildon Campus, Luckyn Lane, Basildon, SS14 3AY. 18.00 to 21.00. More info: IMechE

December


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East Midlands new franchise Expressions of Interest due to be invited from bidders.

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

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6 December 2016. Saturday. East Midlands branch meet-up at the Canalhouse, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH. Email: RFEM

7 December 2016. Wednesday. National Railway Heritage Awards 2016 - presentation of Awards. Moe info: NRHA

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10 December 2016. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. London. Contact: RfPA

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10 December 2016. Saturday. Shrewsbury & Aberystwyth Rail Passengers' Association. Aberystwyth. 11.45. More info: SARPA

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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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11 December 2016. Sunday. Passenger train services expected to start between London Marylebone and Oxford, as the second stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen 3 project. More info: EWR

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12 December 2016. Monday. "Manchester Metrolink - growing the system". Location: London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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12 December 2016. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group. Christmas social. More info: BRAG

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13 December 2016. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users Group meeting at Chesham Town Hall, HP5 1DS. 19.30. More info: CDTUG

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15 December 2016. Thursday. Magor station campaign. The Golden Lion, The Square, Magor NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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24 December - 2 January 2017. Saturday-Monday. Christmas-New Year holidays. Expect route improvement works and alterations to services.

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

February


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End of part-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

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ORR expected to issue formal Advice to Ministers on Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024). More info: PR18

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South Western new franchise award expected.

March


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

April


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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

May


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

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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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

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21 May 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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SouthWest Trains franchise (including up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension to August 2017, with 5-period extension assumed by DfT until June 2017) ends; South Western new franchise due to commence.

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West Midlands new franchise award expected.

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

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End of 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


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). More info: PR18

August


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Wales & Borders new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

October


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

November


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West Coast new franchise award expected.

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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


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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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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2018


January


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Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) expected to be published. More info: PR18

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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).

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South Eastern new franchise award expected.

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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

March


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East Midlands new franchise award expected.

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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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West Coast new franchise due to commence.

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

June


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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. More info: PR18

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Southeastern Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); South Eastern new franchise due to commence.

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Wales & Borders new franchise award expected.

July


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East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019, with 5-period extension assumed by DfT until July 2018) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

August


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Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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

September


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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). More info: PR18

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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.

December


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Great Western new franchise award expected.

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

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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.

March


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

April


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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Great Western 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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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

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

June


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Cross Country new franchise award expected.

October


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Cross Country new franchise due to commence.

November


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

December


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

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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.

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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

May


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

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

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

July


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

October


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Chiltern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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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.

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

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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

August


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Chiltern new franchise award expected.

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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)

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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.

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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