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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


May


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South Western new franchise - Invitation To Tender (ITT) expected to be issued by DfT to short-listed bidders; DfT due to award new franchise contract in February 2017 for start in June 2017.

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ORR expected to begin PR18, periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024) with first consultation.
More info: Promoting a dynamic and commercially sustainable rail sector.

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29 April - 7 May 2016. Friday-Saturday. Landscape photographer of the year exhibition. Birmingham New Street station. More info: LPYex-1 and LPYex-2

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3 May 2016. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk on "Mail Rail - the Post Office underground railway". Bromley Central Library, London BR1 1RS. 10.00 for 10.30 start, to 12.00. More info: IET

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3 May 2016 2016. Tuesday. Station drop-in session for GOBLIN service changes during electrification works. Crouch Hill. 16.00-19.00. More info: e-GOBLIN NR and e-GOBLIN TfL

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4 May 2016. Wednesday. The National Infrastructure Commission Conference. Pinsent Masons, London. 08.45-13.20. More info: WF

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4 May 2016. Wednesday. Station drop-in session for GOBLIN service changes during electrification works. Upper Holloway. 16.00-19.00. More info: e-GOBLIN NR and e-GOBLIN TfL

5 May 2016. Thursday. UK local elections, including London. More info: Vote 2016-1 and Vote 2016-2

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5 May 2016. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology seminar on "Intelligent Rail Infrastructure". Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. 08.30 to 16.30. More info: IET

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5 May 2016. Thursday. Rail Safety Summit at Royal College of Physicians in London. 08.30-16.20. More info: RS

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5 May 2016. Thursday. Station drop-in session for GOBLIN service changes during electrification works. Gospel Oak. 16.00-19.00. More info: e-GOBLIN NR and e-GOBLIN TfL

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

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

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8 May 2016. Sunday. Channel 4 TV. "Paul Merton's Secret Stations". Episode 2 of 3. 20.00-21.00. More info: Secret stations

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9 - 18 May 2016. Monday-Wednesday. Landscape photographer of the year exhibition. Liverpool Lime Street station. More info: LPYex-1 and LPYex-2

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9 May 2016. Monday. Official public launch POSTPONED of first new Siemens class 700 Thameslink train to invited stakeholders, with run from Blackfriars to East Croydon: are you sitting comfortably, or will it be standing-room only?

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9 May 2016. Monday. "The impact of EU membership on Britain's railways". London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 May 2016. Monday. "An introduction to HS2". Speaker: Tim Taylor, Technical Assurance Manager, HS2. Location: Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH. 18.30 for 18.45 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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9 May 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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9 May 2016. Tuesday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Croydon & south London branch. "Too much information - writing "British Rail: the Nation's Railway". Speaker: author Tanya Jackson. Location: Croydon, CR0 5LP. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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9 May 2016. Tuesday. Copy date for letters and articles for July 2016 issue no.148. Email to: Editor

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10 May 2016. Wednesday. Residents' drop-in information event for new Millhall Road/St. Ninian's footbridge to replace level crossing. Crawford Hall, Colquhoun Street, Braehead, Stirling, FK7 7PU. 15.30-20.00. More info: Stirling

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10 May 2016. Tuesday. "Rail news in the public domain". Speaker: Phil Dominey, SWT. Location: Holiday Inn, West Drayton, UB7 0JU. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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10 May 2016. Tuesday. Stourbridge Line User Group's annual public meeting. The Valley Suite, Severn Valley Railway station, Kidderminster DY10 1QR. 19.30. More info: SLUG

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10 May 2016. Tuesday. 'Dragons Den'-style selection event for Competition to boost rail tourism. See Heritage and Community Rail Tourism and Innovation Competition scope and application process

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11 May 2016. Wednesday. Community Rail in the city. More info: ACoRP

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11 May 2016. Wednesday. "UK Central - Capitalising on HS2". Speaker: Ken Harrison, Head of Policy & Spatial Planning, Solihull MBC. Location: Birmingham, B3 3PU. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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11 May 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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11 May 2016. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting, Stratford. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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11 May 2016. Wednesday. Traws Link Cymru AGM and presentation on campaign to reopen Aberystwyth-Carmarthen. Victoria Hall, Bryn Road, Lampeter SA48 7EE. 19.00. More info: TLC

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12 May 2016. Thursday. "Aren't these new trains nice?". Speaker: Louise Shaw, Engineering Director DB Regio Tyne & Wear. Location: Newcastle Mining Institute, NE1 1SE. 16.30-20.00. More info: IMechE

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12-13 May 2016. Thursday-Friday. International Conference on Railway Engineering 2016. Hotel Metropole, Brussels. More info: ICoRE

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13 May 2016. Friday. Consultation closes on Transport for London's application for a Transport & Works Act Order for the Barking Riverside Extension.

14 May 2016. Saturday. Halifax & District Rail Action Group AGM at the Central Methodist Church, Commercial Street, Brighouse HD6 1AQ. Speaker: David Hoggarth, Director of Rail North. 12.30 (for 13.00) to 15.30. More info: HADRAG

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

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14 May 2016. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers Association AGM in the Gannon Room, Station Approach, Saxmundham IP17 1BW. 14.00. Guest speaker: Councillor Philip Smart on rail developments in and around East Anglia. More info: ESTA

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

15 May 2016. Sunday. National Railway Heritage Awards 2016 - closing date for entries. More info: NRHA

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16 May 2016. Monday. Official re-opening of Lea Bridge station (Stratford-Tottenham Hale). More info: LeaBridge. See also Station campaign success, London station to re-open, and Lea Bridge lynchpin.

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16 May 2016. Monday. "The future of rail - young engineers' presentation competition". London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info: IMechE

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16 May 2016. Monday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch. "Crossrail - project progress and future plans". Location: Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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17 May 2016. Tuesday. Air quality seminar. London. More info: weetf

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17 May 2016. Tuesday. "Transport investment and development - what are the links?". Speaker: Prof. Richard Knowles, University of Salford. Location: Manchester. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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

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17 May 2016. Tuesday. Railfuture-affiliated Abbey Flyer Users' Group (ABFLY) open meeting and AGM. The Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, Herts, AL2 3PJ 19.30-21.30. More info: ABFLY

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18 May 2016. Wednesday. "Engineering the railway passenger journey". London, SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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18 May 2016. Wednesday. STAR conference. Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. More info: STAR

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18 May 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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19 May 2016. Thursday. Rail Franchise Summit 2016. Leeds. 09.00 - 16.00. More info: ACoRP

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19 May 2016. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk on "The new Borders Railway". Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3QU. 10.30 to 13.00. More info: IET

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19 May 2016. Thursday. "Glasgow subway - rolling stock and signalling update". Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA. 17.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

19 May 2016. Thursday. Railfuture-affiliated Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers' Association open AGM. WI Hall, Station Approach, Edenbridge. 19.00 for 19.30.

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19 May 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, North East branch. "The Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway". Location: Darlington DL1 5JD. 19.30. More info: RCTS. See also: Keswick-Penrith.

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20 - 29 May 2016. Friday-Sunday. Landscape photographer of the year exhibition. Leeds station. More info: LPYex-1 and LPYex-2

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21 May 2016. Saturday. National AGM. Jurys Inn, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. More info: conferences

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24 May 2016. Tuesday. "Journeycall - the Smartcard". Speaker: Lesley Stewart, Business Development Director. Location: Arbroath DD11 3RQ. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

24 May 2016. Tuesday. Scandinavian Rail Development conference in Stockholm. More info: SRD

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25 May 2016. Wednesday. Automation of Rail Vehicles and safety discussion. Speakers: 
Vladimir Kampik, AZD Praha European Affairs Director
; Pierre Izard, SNCF CTO; 
Josef Doppelbauer, ERA executive director. Rail Forum Europe, Renaissance Hotel, 
Rue du Parnasse 19, Bruxelles. 19.00-22.00. More info: RFE

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25 May 2016. Wednesday. Closing date for submission of written evidence to House of Commons Transport Committee inquiry into Improving the rail passenger experience. More info: Terms of reference. Email Railfuture's Head of Passenger Group, Chris Fribbins.

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

26-27 May 2016. Thursday-Friday. Asia Rail Summit in Bangkok. More info: ARS

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28-30 May 2016. Saturday-Monday. Cotswold Festival of Steam at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Swindon works. Toddington station GL54 5DT. More info: gwsr

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28 May - 5 June 2016. Saturday to Sunday. Check before you travel this school half-term holiday week! Route improvement works continue on parts of the British rail network.

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28 May - 5 June 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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31 May - 8 June 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. Landscape photographer of the year exhibition. Edinburgh Waverley station. More info: LPYex-1 and LPYex-2

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Start of four-month part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for electrification works. Train service on weekdays-only between Gospel Oak-South Tottenham only. More info: e-GOBLIN and TfL

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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced, starting 16 October for 9 years.

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West Coast new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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

7 June 2016. Tuesday. Iberian Rail development conference in Madrid. More info: IRD

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8 June 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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10 - 20 June 2016. Friday-Monday. Landscape photographer of the year exhibition. Reading station. More info: LPYex-1 and LPYex-2

10 June 2016. Friday. 30th anniversary of Network SouthEast. More info: NSE
Buy Chris Green's book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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11 June 2016. Saturday. Board meeting. Birmingham. Contact: Company Secretary

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11 June 2016. Saturday. Day out by train from Bedford-Bletchley line to Coventry and the Gloucester and Warwickshre Railway. More info: BBRUA

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13 June 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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15 June 2016. Wednesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology lecture on "Crossrail - the challenge of introducing a 21st-century railway". University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. More info: IET

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15-17 June 2016. Wednesday-Friday. "Innovation for tomorrow's railway: Young engineers' railway seminar". London, SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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16 June 2016. Thursday. "Connecting North Wales to the Northern Powerhouse". Location: Conwy Business Centre, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9XX. 09.30 for 10.00 start, to 13.00. Booking required for this event. More info: CILT

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16 June 2016. Thursday. "Leadership: delivering through innovative partnership. Balancing economic development with environmental sustainability". London SW1H 9JJ. 17.15 for 18.00 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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16 June 2016. Thursday. Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch. "The InterCity story". Speaker Chris Green, former MD. Location: Bourne End, SL8 5SX. 19.15 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS
Buy Chris Green's book at a discount from the Railfuture shop

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18 June 2016. Saturday. Summer conference. Newtongrange, Midlothian. More info: conferences

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

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24 June 2016. Friday. Railway Industry Innovation Awards, Fourth Friday Club, Paddington Hilton, London. More info: 4FC

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25 June 2016. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. London. Contact: RfPA

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25 June 2016. Saturday. East Anglia branch meeting at St Mary at Stoke church hall, Stoke Street, Ipswich IP2 8BX. Email: RfEA

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27 June-3 July 2016. Monday-Sunday. RAILWEEK organised by Young Rail Professionals. More info: YRP

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28-29 June 2016. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail 2016 at Sandton, Johannesburg. More info: AR

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

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

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

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

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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. 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

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

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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-Sunday. First Busk-in-London Festival. More info: Busk

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23 July - 4 September 2016. Saturday-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 to 7 August 2016. Saturday-Sunday. Rail services suspended between Leamington Spa-Banbury-Bicester North for route improvement works. More info: NR1 and NR2 and CR

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

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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 GWR

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

17-18 September 2016. Saturday-Sunday. 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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24 September 2016. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. Birmingham. Contact: RfPA

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End of four-month part-closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line, South Tottenham-Barking, for electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN and TfL

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Start of four-month full closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN and TfL

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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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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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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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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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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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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

7-10 November 2016. Tuesday-Thursday. International Wheelset Congress in Chengdu. IWC

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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. 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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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. NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: NEC

December


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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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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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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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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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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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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.

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

February


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End of closure of Gospel Oak-Barking line for electrification works. More info: e-GOBLIN

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

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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

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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.

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.

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

October


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West Midlands new franchise due to commence.

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East Midlands new franchise award expected.

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


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

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.

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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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

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.

March


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East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

April


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West Coast new franchise due to commence.

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

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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South Eastern new franchise due to commence.

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Wales & Borders new franchise award expected.

August


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

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

September


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

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Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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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Wales & Borders new franchise due to commence.

November


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Great Western new franchise award expected.

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


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

February


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

March


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Great Western new franchise due to commence.

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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

July


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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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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 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.

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

4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

August


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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


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.

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


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.

September


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

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

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