London and South East


The regional branch covers London and most of the Home Counties:
Bedfordshire (Luton, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire unitary authorities), south Essex (including Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock unitary authorities), Hertfordshire, Kent (including Medway unitary authority), Surrey, East and West Sussex (other than south-west Sussex, but including City of Brighton & Hove unitary authority), and Greater London.
Because of its size, the regional branch also has several local, largely county-based, divisions.

Local Divisions

Just click on the green links, here and below, for further information:-

Branch news

Click above for our quarterly branch newsletter railse since July 2010 - most recent issue March 2017, next issue to be published for June 2017; and details of our local Branch Twitter feed.

Nominations invited for Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and up to six other members of the branch committee.
Nomination forms, returnable by Saturday 21st January 2017 as instructed on the form, can be downloaded here (420kb).

Branch Standing Orders can be downloaded here (626kb).

Current campaigns

Our primary campaigns are for:
  • Uckfield - Lewes re-instate missing link to 'Bridge the gap' for through services via Lewes to Brighton and Sussex coast towns
  • Marshlink line upgrade, including line-speed increases and connection with HS1 at Ashford International, for through high-speed services via Rye to Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea
  • A new Thameslink 2 metro route between East Croydon, Docklands and North London via tunnel between East Croydon and Addiscombe, the Hayes branch, and tunnel between Lewisham, Canary Wharf and Stratford, connecting to the West Anglia and North London lines.
For other campaigns in our branch area, click current campaigns.

For information on Rail investment planning, click here.


Railfuture and other regional and national events, including conferences and key campaign dates.

The 2017 AGM will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 29 April. It will be preceded by an open meeting for members and guests from mid-morning, with guest speaker from Heathrow Southern Railway and a presentation from Network Rail on Western Rail Access to Heathrow.
Venue: University of Westminster's Cavendish campus, 115 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6UW. Doors open 10.30, for 11.00 start.

The 2016 Branch AGM was held in central London on 23 April 2016, again at the University of London's International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AS, a short walk from Russell Square station.
In anticipation of elections on 5 May for a new Mayor of London, and for seats on the Greater London Assembly, we published a Rail Manifesto for London.

The 2015 AGM was held on 25 April at the University of London's International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AS.
Our morning session featured the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies and due to report on its recommendations later in summer 2015, and the three short-listed options for expanding capacity at either Heathrow (two options) or Gatwick. Our guest speakers were:
Simon Earles, Head of Surface Access Strategy for Heathrow Airport,
Steven Costello, Director for Heathrow Hub Ltd, and
Hugh Sumner, Senior Transport Advisor for Gatwick Airport.

The 2014 AGM was held on 26 April 2014. It was preceded by an open morning meeting on the themes of the value of heritage lines to their localities and developing links between heritage lines and the classic network. Speakers were Railfuture member Chris Austin OBE Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail which in July 2013 published a report 'the Value of Heritage Railways', and Graham Baldwin General Manager of Kent & East Sussex Railway celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Annual General Meeting followed after lunch.

The 2013 AGM was held on 20 April 2013. The morning branch members' meeting heard speakers David Blackall, Deputy Director, Thameslink Programme, DfT; Andrew Hutton, Lead Development Manager, London Bridge station, Network Rail; Councillor Mark Gettleson, Southwark Council. The Annual General Meeting followed after lunch.

Other organisations' listings of local events, generally open to non-members and free, include The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS).

L and SE rail user groups

includes the following 20 groups affiliated to Railfuture, with benefits including access to Railfuture's Fighting Fund

Community Rail Partnerships and Station Adoption Groups

in and around the London and South East region including:
under the auspices of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships ACoRP - 'new life for local lines' - with support from Network Rail.

Heritage Railways

in and around the London and South East region, including those with mainline interchange:
See also Preserved lines as public transport

Passenger representative groups

London Underground Railway Society

The LURS promotes interest in all technical and historical aspects of the London Underground, London Overground, DLR and Tramlink.

Branch Contacts

Neighbouring branches

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