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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. Inclusion in the list does not imply that Railfuture endorses the event.

We have also included information about official consultations, franchising dates, and service alterations for some railway improvement projects. It is not an exhaustive list.

More details about Railfuture's own conferences are here: Railfuture conferences

2018


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See latest Rail Franchise Schedule, July 2017.
South Eastern new franchise from 1 April 2019 - Invitation To Tender issued to the short-listed bidders, for their Best and Final Offers by 14 March. More info: Better journeys for SE rail passengers and Stakeholder briefing document. See also Prospectus.
West Coast Partnership new franchise from April 2019 - Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to the short-listed bidders, to submit their Best And Final Offers.
Cross Country new franchise from December 2019 - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Major improvement works in 2018. Why do it at weekends and over bank holidays?
Mind how you go, or you'll NOT enjoy your 'trip': watch THIS!
from 6 January Great North Rail Project works affect variety of services.
until early-2018 - Edinburgh Waverley has fewer platforms as three are extended, from mid-December new platform 12 in service, platform improvement works continue, while charities are kept in the picture.
until February - installation of new step-free footbridge at West Calder station. See November and December updates.
until 25 March - Great Eastern Main Line weekend services altered during overhead electrification improvements.
until 25 March - Great North Rail Project continues between Blackpool North and Kirkham and Wesham with train service suspended, road transport substitutes. The Countdown has begun. Now just one week to go! Only hours left before Blackpool's railway revolution! Watch works commence. Revolution on track.Key milestone as Blackpool wired into West Coast main line at Preston. Installation of new footbridge for Kirkham & Wesham. Services for Blackpool South restored.
12-25 February - service alterations and suspensions for Newport-Cardiff upgrade works.
17-25 February - service suspensions for testing new equipment between Kettering and Corby.
23-26 February, 29 March-3 April - service alterations between Streatham and Sutton for level crossing upgrade at Mitcham Eastfields.
24-25 February, 3-4 and 10-11 March - service suspensions and alterations for track and drainage works on the Brighton main line, as part of the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project.
10-11 March - service suspensions for track improvements on Cambrian line.
10, 17, 24 March - service suspensions for bridge replacement at Baillieston on Glasgow Central-Whifflet line.
29 March-9 April - services suspended for Livingston South station works on Shotts line.
30 March-2 April - PLAN AHEAD for this EASTER: Check BEFORE you travel. Great North Rail Project continues; Scotland benefits. Above and below ground in the South East.
Easter bunnies, look BEFORE you leap!
30 March-3 April - service suspensions and alterations for Bristol area resignalling.
7-8 April - Gospel Oak-Barking line services suspended for bridge clearance works at Crouch Hill station.
26-29 May - services suspended for bridge replacement works between Guildford and Haslemere.
22 July-7 October - Derby station track/signalling enhancements go-ahead, and Derby £198m resignalling project. First, ENJOY THE VIDEO, then BE PREPARED!

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Rail infrastructure investment planning for 2019-24, Control Period 6.
~ ORR issued February 2017 advice to DfT on HLOS and SoFA for Control Period 6 2019-24 (CP6).
~ ORR issued February 2017 guidance to Network Rail on strategic business plans (SBPs) company will produce for CP6 in December 2017.
~ Rail Delivery Group published February 2017 Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to Scottish government and ORR.
~ ORR published April 2017 advice to Transport Scotland on maintenance and renewals expenditure in CP6.
~ ORR published June 2017 conclusions notes on working papers on the outputs framework (WP4) and a close-out report on the enhancements framework (WP5).
~ ORR updates (if necessary) guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans, following the July 2017 HLOS, and October 2017 final SoFA.
~ ORR published July 2017 letters to DfT and to Transport Scotland outlining next steps on the HLOS and SoFA process.
~ DfT published July 2017 Guidance to the ORR.
~ ORR issued July 2017 consultation on overall framework for regulating Network Rail - closed 21 September.
~ ORR issued July 2017 Supplementary guidance on Network Rail’s strategic business plan and planning assumptions for England & Wales for CP6.
~ ORR published September 2017 consultation relating to charges and contractual incentives, following June's conclusions from December 2016's consultation.
~ DfT published October 2017 final SoFA for CP6 2019-24; Network Rail's response.
~ Network Rail December 2017 submitted its route and other strategic plans to ORR.
~ ORR published December 2017 an open letter following the January 2017 consultation on the financial framework for PR18.
~ ORR published January 2018 conclusions following July 2017 consultation on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and national system operator (NSO), including incentives and NSO outputs.
~ ORR consultation closed on 18 January 2018 on financial framework for PR18.
~ ORR consultation closed on 25 January 2018 on Working paper 6 The volume incentive and Working paper 7 Collaborative working on the rail network.
~ Network Rail on 9 February 2018 submitted its finalised strategic business plans to ORR (including any updates to the versions provided to ORR on 8 December 2017)
~ Network Rail on 13 February published its Strategic Business Plans. ORR consultation until 6 March.
~ More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.8, February 2018 and Network Rail responses to PR18.

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until 25 February 2018. Sunday. Mind the Gap at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1DX. Exhibition celebrating the “hidden history” of the rail industry, linking contemporary art, rail and the role of women and families. Includes railway posters designed by Bury-born Sybil Andrews, and artefacts. £4. £2 (concessions). £2 (children). 12 minutes walk from Bury station. Sunday 12 noon-16.00. More info: Moyse's

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24-25 February 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Service suspensions and alterations for track and drainage works on the Brighton main line. More info: BML, and Brighton Main Line Improvement Project.
until 25 February 2018:
Service alterations and suspensions for Great Western main line upgrade works in South Wales. More info: Newport-Cardiff;
Services suspended for Midland main line equipment testing on Kettering-Corby line. More info: Kettering-Corby.

until 10 March 2018. Wales Week in London. More info: Wales Week

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until 11 March 2018. Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at London Bridge station. More info: Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, Take a view and Lines in the landscape.

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24-25 February 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at Lincoln & District MRC. Venue: Newark Showground. More info: Newark

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26 February 2018. Monday. Strategic Development Corridors - Newcastle. Venue: The Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP. 13.00 for 13.15 start, to 15.45. More info: CILT

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26 February 2018. Monday. Public Accounts Committee Inquiry: Rail Franchising in the UK (East Coast and Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern). Evidence session with David Horne, Managing Director, Virgin Trains East Coast; Martin Griffiths, CEO, Stagecoach Group PLC; Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport; Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd; Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail. 16.00. More info: HoC-PAC

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26 February 2018. Monday. Transport Committee Inquiry: Rail infrastructure investment (Regional transport bodies). Evidence sessions with Geoff Brown, Chair, Peninsula Rail Task Force; Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect; Barry White, Chief Executive, Transport for the North; Mick Noone, Director of Integrated Transport, Merseytravel. 16.45. Malcolm Brown, Chief Executive, Angel Trains Ltd; Jonathan Willcock, Managing Director, Signalling Systems & Infrastructure, Alstom UK & Ireland; Rob Morris, Managing Director, Siemens Rail Automation UK; Alan Price, Chair, Rail Sector Interest Group, Association for Consultancy and Engineering. More info: HoCTC

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26 February 2018. Monday. The Future of Rail. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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26 February 2018. Monday. Mind the Gap: Are Scotland's Trains Fit For The 20th Century?BBC ONE Scotland investigation by Ian Hamilton. 19.30-20.00. SI BBC One

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. Strategic Development Corridors - Whitehaven. Venue: The Beacon Museum, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY. 13.00 for 13.15 start, to 15.45. More info: CILT

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. Developing Professionals Presentation Competition. Venue: Sloans, 62 Argyll Arcade, 108 Argyll Street, Glasgow, G2 8BG. 17.00-20.00. More info: IMechE

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership – an overview. Venue: Shirehall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG. 18.00-20.00. More info: ICE

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. The Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Speaker: Michael Woods - Principal Operations Specialist, R&D. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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28 February 2018. Wednesday. Bulk handling for large infrastructure projects. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-16.50. More info: IMechE

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28 February 2018. Wednesday. Strategic Development Corridors - Liverpool. Venue: Liverpool University, Foresight Centre, 1 Brownlow St, Liverpool L69 3GL. 13.00 for 13.15 start, to 15.45. More info: CILT

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28 February 2018. Wednesday. Northern Ireland Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Venue: Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED. 13.00-17.00. More info: CIHT

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28 February 2018. Wednesday. Public information drop-in event for Lancashire residents. Venue: T Kirkham community Centre, Mill Street, Kirkham, PR4 2AN. 16.00-19.00. More info: Blackpool-Preston

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28 February 2018. Wednesday. CfBT London Group. Venue: 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT

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28 February 2018. Wednesday. Ely Southern Bypass. Venue: LR6 - Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. More info: ICE

March


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Following on from financial framework for PR18 open letter update in December 2017, after January 2017 consultation, ORR seeks views on ‘minded to’ decisions on financial framework issues. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.8, February 2018

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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q3 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Next steps for the UK’s railway infrastructure. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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1 March 2018. Thursday. 1st annual Air Quality Forum. Venue: Arup, central London. 08.45-16.45. More info: WF and CILT.

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Strategic Development Corridors - Blackburn. Venue: Kings Court, 33 King Street, Blackburn, BB2 2DH. 15.45 for 16.00 start, to 19.00. More info: CILT

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Gaining Clearances for Electrification. Venue: Network Rail Meeting Room 0.1, George Stephenson House, 1 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 18.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, York section meeting: PWI

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Gauging historic infrastructure for the 21st century. Venue: Mott MacDonald, 35 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 3PU. 18.00-19.30. More info: ICE

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1 March 2018. Thursday. The future of engineering. Open discussion with guest speaker ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair. Venue: The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More info: ICE

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Vision and validate: Strategic planning in Greater Manchester. Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA. 19.00-20.00. More info: ICE

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1 March 2018. Thursday. To open or not to reopen - an illustrated talk on what makes a good rail re-opening scheme and what does not. Guest speaker: David Shirres, Editor, Rail Engineer. Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG
See Expanding the Railways.

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1 March 2018. Thursday. 40 years on BR. Speaker: Terence Jenner, last Chairman of the BR Board. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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2 March 2018. Friday. Inspiring engineers. Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA. 08.00-09.30. More info: ICE

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2 March 2018. Friday. Close of consultation on Mayor of London's draft new London Plan, 17.00.

2 March 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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3 March 2018. Saturday. Venue: The Long Room, Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton, TA1 1JT. 10.30 for 11.00 start. More info: TWSW

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3 March 2018. Saturday. Wessex branch AGM. Venue: Above Bar Church Centre, 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7FE. 13.00. More info: Rf Wessex

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5 March 2018. Monday. Close of Call for Evidence for Freight Study.

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Close of consultation on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plans for Control Period 6, 2019-24.

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Reliability of systems and equipment operated in harsh environments. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-17.10. More info: IMechE

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. 3rd annual Transport-Led Development in the North of England. Venue: DLA Piper, central Manchester. 08.45-16.45. More info: WF and CILT

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Public information drop-in event for Lancashire residents. Venue: Blackpool North station, Talbot Road, Blackpool, FY1 2AB. 14.00-18.00. More info: Blackpool-Preston

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. An Introduction to Network Resilience. Venue: Room 116 TfWM Offices, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info: CIHT

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. The Scottish Region Annual Sustainable Transport Event - Visiting Every Part of Scotland. Guest speaker: Bill Taylor, Bill Taylor Associates - Heritage and Tourism. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, OverSeas House, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Using vegetation in geotechnical engineering. Venue: University of Dundee, Fulton Building, Small’s Wynd, Dundee DD1 4HN. 17.30 for 18.15 start, to 20.00. More info: ICE

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. Gender diversity in engineering. Venue: Uni of Greenwich Medway Campus, The Ward Room, Central Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TB. 18.00-20.00. More info: ICE

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. How London’s pioneers built our city. Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA. 18.30-20.00. More info: ICE

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. The Solent Tunnel. Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA. 18.30-20.00. More info: ICE

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7 March 2018. Tuesday. Folkestone - Dover Seawall Reconstruction. Venue: Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.00 for 17.45 start, to 19.40. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Thames Valley section meeting: PWI

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7 March 2018. Wednesday. Eurostar. Speaker: Philippe Mouly, Chief Operating Director. Venue: Cambridge University Railway Club, Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. 18.00-19.15. More info: CURC

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7 March 2018. Wednesday. The Elizabeth Line - a progress update on the Crossrail Project. Venue: The Quadrant:MK, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1EN. 18.30-20.00. More info: IMechE

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7 March 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q3 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Next steps for funding regional projects and the future for Local Enterprise Partnerships. Location: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WSPF

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8 March 2018. Thursday. An Introduction to Public Sector Stakeholder Engagement. Venue: Milestone Transport Planning, Gateshead International Business Centre, NE8 1AN. 13.00-14.00. More info: CIHT

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8 March 2018. Thursday. The role that Network Rail’s Rail Innovation Development Centres play in the delivery of the GB Railway Technical Strategy. Venue: Auditorium, The Quadrant, Network Rail, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1EN. 16.30 for 17.00 start, to 19.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Milton Keynes section meeting: PWI

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8 March 2018. Thursday. High Output Plant on the Southern. Venue: Mott MacDonald House, Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EE. 17.30 for 17.45 start, to 19.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Croydon & Brighton section meeting: PWI

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Llangollen Railway - Construction & Maintenance. Speaker from Llangollen Railway. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section meeting: PWI

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8 March 2018. Thursday. The Forth Rail Bridge. Speaker: Miles Oglethorpe. Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2HE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Scotland branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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9 March 2018. day. Site visit to Custom House Crossrail station. Venue for assembly: tba. 15.00-17.00. Book by 28 February. More info: ICE

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10 March 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Lincolnshire members' morning AGM, followed by public afternoon meeting starting at 13.00; public welcome from 12.45. Guest speakers: Pete Myers, Stakeholder Manager Northern Rail and Rob Mercer, Area Stations Manager East Midlands Trains. Venue: St. Swithin's Community Centre, Baggholme Road, Lincoln LN2 5AX. More info: RfL

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10 March 2018. Saturday. Living Streets Walking Summit at Livery Hall, London EC2V 7HH. 10.30-15.30. More info: LS

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12-13 March 2018. Monday-Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships' Community Rail Conference. Venue: Jurys Inn Milton Keynes, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. More info: ACoRP

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12 March 2018. Monday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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12 March 2018. Monday. The Historical Railways Estate: Tracks Without Track. Speaker: Lee Holland, Civil Engineer, Highways England. Venue: Network Rail Route Offices, Cardiff. 17.15-19.15. More about this Permanent Way Institution, South & West Wales section meeting: PWI

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12 March 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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12-13 March 2018. Monday-Tuesday. Middle East Rail in Dubai. More info: MER

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13 March 2018. Tuesday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

13 March 2018. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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14-31 March 2018. Wednesday-Saturday. Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at Edinburgh station.

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. Closing date for submission of Best and Final Offers by short-listed bidders for next South Eastern franchise, starting 1 April 2019. See: Invitation To Tender. More info: Better journeys for SE rail passengers and Stakeholder briefing document. See also Prospectus.

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. The use of virtual reality in the railway industry. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

14 March 2018. Wednesday. Welsh Rail and Infrastructure showcase event. Venue The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG. 18.30-21.00. More info: Wales Week. LAST FEW PLACES

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. Digital Railway. Speaker: David Waboso, Managing Director of the Digital Railway program in Network Rail. Venue: Cambridge University Railway Club, William Thatcher Room, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 20.30-22.00. More info: CURC

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Accelerate Rail 2018. The Future of Rail - Investing and innovating: growing a 21st century railway. Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY. 09.00-18.00. More info: MF

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Trafford Park Metro Link Extension. Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB. 12.30 for 13.00 start, to 14.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Manchester & Liverpool section meeting: PWI

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Understanding TOC Alliances. Guest speakers: Helen Cavanagh, Head of Alliancing, Northern & Tom Hanham, Alliance Project Manager, VTEC. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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15 March 2018. Thursday. East - West Railway: the “Varsity Line”. Venue: AECOM House, 63-77 Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3ER. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. More info: ICE

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Magor & Undy Walkway Station. Venue: The Golden Lion, 23A The Square, Magor, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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16 March 2018. Friday. Publication of April edition.

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16 March 2018. Friday. Close of consultation on East Coast Main Line Route Study (LNE & EM planning). See: ECML-RS.

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16 March 2018. Friday. Inspiring Engineers. Guest speaker: Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of Crossrail. Venue: Crossrail office, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQ. 08.00 for 08.30 start, to 09.00. More info: ICE

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17 March 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 11.00. More info: Herts and Beds

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17 March 2018. Saturday. Railfuture North East branch AGM. Venue: Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1SG. 14.00. More info: RfNW

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17 March 2018. Saturday. Swiss Railways Society AGM at Best Western Stuart Hotel, 119 London Road, Derby DE1 2QR. 10.00-16.30. More info: SRS

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19 March 2018. Monday. Rail in the West. Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, BS1 6NJ. More info: 4FC-RiW

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19 March 2018. Monday. New trains from Europe. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. More info: IMechE

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. Wheelsets: more for less. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-17.15. More info: IMechE

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. Public information drop-in event for Lancashire residents. Venue: Poulton Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, FY6 7PU. 16.00-19.00. More info: Blackpool-Preston

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. National Railway Museum. Speaker: Andrew McLean, Curator of the National Railway Museum. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. East West Rail. Guest speaker: Rob Brighouse, Non-Executive Director at Network Rail and Chairman of East West Rail Company. Venue: Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND. 18.00-20.00. More info: RSA, RSA/CILT, and CILT. Background: RSA-CILT

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Windsor rail link. Venue: Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe Campus, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. More info: IET

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. Community of European Railways event: Digital Railways. Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Rue Ducale 1 - 1000 Brussels. 18.30-20.00. Digital Fair opens 14.00. More info: CER

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20-21 March 2018. Tuesday-Wednesday. RailFreight Summit: Silk Road Gateway. Wroclaw, Poland. More info: RFS

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meeting; non-members welcome. Venue: The Sloop Inn, 81 Waterside Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5BA. 18.00 for 20.00. More info: FoBL

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. London's newest trains for Crossrail. Venue: University of Greenwich - Chatham Maritime, Central Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TB. 18.00-20.00. More info: IMechE

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. London Bridge Redevelopment Part 3. Venue: Railway Social Club, Beaver Road, Ashford TN23 7RR. 18.30 for 19.00 start. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South East branch event at which non-members (£3 donation requested) are also welcome: RCTS

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Rising Sun, Pound Lane End, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DU. 19.00. More info: Tarka

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Rail Accident Investigations. Venue: Rik Medlik Building, University of Surrey, Business School of Management, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. More info: IET

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22 March 2018. Thursday. An Introduction to Public Consultation Techniques. Venue: Barton Willmore, The Forum, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8AQ. 13.00-14.00. More info: CIHT

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22 March 2018. Thursday. Scotland's railway strategy: the competitive challenge. Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University, Room 426F, Govan Mbeki Building, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.00. More info: IMechE

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24-25 March 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at London rail festival. More info: Alexandra Palace

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24 March 2018. Saturday. East Midlands branch AGM. Venue: 'Greenacres', adjacent to Great Central Railway's Leicester North station. Time tbc. Followed by a presentation by Andrew Pritchard of Midlands Connect, open to the public. More info: RfEM

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24 March 2018. Saturday. AGM. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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26 March 2018. Monday. Close of Transport Committee's call for written submissions on Intercity East Coast rail franchise inquiry.

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26 March 2018. Monday. Public information drop-in event for Lancashire residents. Venue: St. Walburges Church Hall, Weston Street, Preston PR2 2QE. 16.00-19.00. More info: Blackpool-Preston

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26 March 2018. Monday. On Board Media Systems. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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27 March 2018. Tuesday. The future of UK ports post-Brexit - infrastructure, opportunities and policy. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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27 March 2018. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships' Working with schools and colleges workshop. Venue: Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR. More info: ACoRP

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27 March 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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28 March 2018. Wednesday. How Wessex Capacity Alliance will transfer more passengers comfortably through London Waterloo and Vauxhall railway stations. Venue: Mott MacDonald, 10 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RB. 18.00 for 18.30 start. More info: CIHT

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29 March 2018. Wednesday. Wessex capacity programme. Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA. 18.00-19.30. More info: ICE

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30 March-2 April 2018. Good Friday-Easter Monday. Alterations to services during Railway Upgrade Plan Easter works, so Check BEFORE you travel. More info: Easter Travel Summary 2018.

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30 March-13 April 2018. Friday-Friday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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30 March-15 April 2018. Friday to Sunday. During this schools Easter holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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30 March-15 April 2018. Friday to Sunday. Keeping people safe on and around the railway: Always On, Suicide Prevention, Trespass, Level Crossing Safety, Keeping a Clear Head.
Parents, watch this to realise what can happen; please hold on and keep pushchairs on platforms! Motorists, watch this if you want to avoid an 18-month driving ban, 150 hours of unpaid work, and a £1000 compensation bill. ALWAYS ON - STAY OFF to STAY ALIVE.
Youngsters, please don't be shocked. Life-saving interventions, in the North West and West Midlands, in the Thames Valley, across East Anglia, in the South West and the South East, and in Wales.
Trespass warning issued to children for holidays, advice to parents about children's safe use of level crossings, WARNING to parents after crossing abuse, kids identify risks VIDEO, and winner of nationwide schools poster competition is a 9-year-old. Watch the South East VIDEO, the Anglia VIDEO, or the Manchester VIDEO. See new mobile warning systems in Scotland. It's just not cool to be a near Miss, and this guy's on a roll - but not in a good way: VIDEO. Nine times "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!" Even a Sussex school minibus driver sets a bad example, while an Essex schoolgirl draws up a safety lesson, yet Hertfordshire school children dance with death danger and Surrey schoolkids asked to remove headphones, stay alert.
One more safer level crossing, another upgraded, one has had gates repaired after vehicle damage, one has new barriers while another has new warning systems, and another has safety proposals revised, but one has had to be closed temporarily after safety measures were ignored, and another had to be CLOSED after a near-miss but has now re-opened, under caution. In Wales, two new bridges enable eight level crossings to be closed. On Brighton Main Line, footbridge to replace footpath level crossing. In Scotland, a new footbridge replaces a level crossing, and after a fatality an open crossing becomes a half-barrier crossing, for eventual replacement by a bridge. In North Yorkshire a farm crossing is closed after a fatality so be S.A.F.E.R. especially on user-worked crossings. Watch Anguish in Angmering VIDEO. By George, Formby! Losing your Fisherman's friend? Safety improvements on A897 to Forsinard level crossing, and Give 'em an Insch... Another safer crossing of the railway at Hagley, West Midlands, and on the Lea Valley line in Broxbourne. Please Drive safely in Ely. Suffolk sees a near-Miss at Halesworth.
Dying to get home? Don't kill yourself for it.
And finally, every week is Car Safety Week, and if you're travelling with luggage you will NOT want to 'enjoy your trip' this way! Watch the VIDEO.

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31 March 2018. Saturday. Passenger Group meeting. London.

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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.
West Coast Direct Award ends/1-year Service Continuation Contract begins.

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2-15 April 2018. Monday-Sunday. Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at Leeds station.

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3 April 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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3 April 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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4 April 2018. Wednesday. Start of services between London and Amsterdam, via Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Schiphol Airport. More info: Eurostar

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4 April 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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5 April 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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5 April 2018. Thursday. How the Industry Forecasts Demand. Guest speaker: Péter Connell - Senior Consultant at Leigh Fisher. Venue: London. 18.00-20.00. More info: RSA, RSA/CILT, and CILT. Background: RSA-CILT

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5 April 2018. Thursday. CfBT London Group. Venue: 75 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT

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5 April 2018. Thursday. EGIP and related capacity improvement works at Edinburgh Waverley - an illustrated talk on current progress. Guest speaker: Rodger Querns, Programme Director, Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

6 April 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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9 April 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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9 April 2018. Monday. Mail Rail - A History through the Archive. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collection at The Postal Museum. Venue: The Bourne Vale Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE. 19.15. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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10 April 2018. Tuesday. Railway Accident Precursors. Venue: University Technical College, West Street, Crewe, CW1 2PZ. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

10 April 2018. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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11 April 2018. Wednesday. Class 769 Flex. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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11 April 2018. Wednesday. Tiny stations. Speaker: Dixe Wills. Venue: Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF. 19.30. Donation of £2 requested from non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Wales branch event: RCTS

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12 April 2018. Thursday. Priorities for regional airports - new routes, economic growth, and improving road and rail connectivity. Venue: Reniassance Marriott, Blackfriars Street, Manchester, M3 2EQ. 13.00-17.00. More info: WEETF

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12 April 2018. Thursday. Thameslink Programme: Track Engineering at London Bridge, Overview & Lessons Learned. Venue: Auditorium, The Quadrant, Network Rail, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1EN. 16.30 for 17.00 start, to 19.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Milton Keynes section meeting: PWI

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12 April 2018. Thursday. Asset Management: Systems Integration. Speaker from Network Rail. Venue: 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Birmingham section meeting: PWI

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13 April 2018. Friday. Annual Dinner. Venue: Derby Roundhouse. More info: YRP

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Wales AGM at Shrewsbury station ground floor meeting room at 14.00. More info: RfWales Email: southwales@railfuturewales.org.uk

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Severnside branch AGM. Venue: Bridgwater Railway Club. 14.00. More info: RfSe

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Behind the scenes at the National Railway Museum. Venue: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 14.30-16.30. More info: IMechE

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16 April 2018. Monday. Refurbishment of existing rolling stock and the 319 FLEX programme. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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17 April 2018. Tuesday. Close of Transport for the North consultation on draft Strategic Transport Plan and Integrated Sustainability Appraisal.

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17 April 2018. Tuesday. Severnside Community Rail Partnership - Severn Beach Line. Guest speakers: Keith Walton/Mark Youngman/Matt Barnes. Venue: Bristol Temple Meads Station, Bristol, BS1 6QF. 12.30 for 13.00 start, to 15.00. Booking required for this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 April 2018. Tuesday. Eden Brows landslip, Settle-Carlisle line. Venue: The Pullman Room, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 4AE. 18.00-20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, West Yorkshire section meeting: PWI

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17 April 2018. Tuesday. East West Rail - central section preferred corridor. Venue: Great Northern Hotel, Station Road, Peterborough PE1 1QL. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. More info: ICE

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17 April 2018. Wednesday. They still say it couldn't be done! Venue: BuroHappold Engineering, Camden Mill, 230 Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3DQ. 18.30-20.00. More info: ICE

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17 April 2018. Tuesday. Extensions to the Underground - Past, present and proposed. Guest speaker: Jon Kirkup, Lead Sponsor, London Underground Line Extensions. Venue: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 April 2018. Tuesday. Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Association AGM at St Leonard's Hall, Victoria Road, Bedford MK42 9JS. 19.20. More info: BBRUA

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17-19 April 2018. Tuesday-Thursday. TransRussia exhibition in Moscow. More info: TR

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18 April 2018. Wednesday. Bristol Parkway Capacity Alliance. Venue: Room 3.9, Network Rail's SN1 Offices, Station Road, Swindon, SN1 2DH. 16.00-18.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, West of England section meeting: PWI

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18 April 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ. 19.00. More info: Tarka

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18 April 2018. Wednesday. Network SouthEast. Guest speaker: Chris Green. Venue: Eastleigh Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh SO50 9FE. 19.30. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Solent branch event at which non-members (£2 donation requested) are also welcome: RCTS
Buy his books at a discount from Railfuture's shop.

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18-19 April 2018. Wednesday-Thursday. World Metro & Light Rail Congress in Bilbao. More info: MR

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19 April 2018. Thursday. 26th annual Rail freight Group conference. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-16.35. More info: WF and CILT

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19 April 2018. Thursday. A 21st century train on 19th century infrastructure. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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19 April 2018. Thursday. East West Rail - Creating a New Type of Railway. Venue: The Quadrant:MK, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1EN. 17.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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19 April 2018. Thursday. Magor & Undy Walkway Station. Venue: The Golden Lion, 23A The Square, Magor, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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21 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch AGM. More info: RfTV

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21 April 2018. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line AGM at Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle CA1 1QY (next to the station). 11.15 More info: FoSCL

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24 April 2018. Thursday. Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership - Regional Transport Strategy. Guest speaker: Ranald Roberton, Partnership Director, Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS). Venue: Inverness. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info: CILT.

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24 April 2018. Tuesday. A rail renaissance for the West Midlands. Venue: Room 116 TfWM Offices, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD. 17.30 for 18.00 start. More info: CIHT

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24 April 2018. Thursday. What Heavy Rail Can Learn From Light Rail. Guest speaker: Sharon Keith, Regional Director, Arriva Rail Northern. Venue: Manchester. 18.00-20.00. More info: RSA, RSA/CILT, and CILT. Background: RSA-CILT

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24 April 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. Implementing the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal - infrastructure investment, innovation and accelerated growth. Venue: Central Edinburgh. 08.30-13.00. More info: SCP

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. Railwatch editorial meeting in Birmingham. 14.00. More info: Railwatch

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. Jacking Up Masonry Arch Bridges for Increased Clearance. Speaker from Freyssinet. Venue: Jurys Inn Hotel, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ. 18.30-20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section meeting: PWI

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. The History of the Old Dalby Test Track. Speaker: David Coxon. Venue: Council Meeting Room 2, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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26 April 2018. Thursday. Getting Back On Track: Future Proofing UK Rail. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: P-UK

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26 April 2018. Thursday. Next steps for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy - ‘Healthy Streets’, passenger experience and economic growth. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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26 April 2018. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology conference: EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) in Railways 2018. Venue: The IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. 09.30 for 10.00 start, to 16.00. More info: IET

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26 April 2018. Thursday. The role of transport investment in supporting the growth of the northern economy. Guest speakers: Cathy Miller, Deputy Director for Cities, Places and Devolution, Department of Transport; Jonathan Spruce, Interim Strategy Director, Transport for the North; Warren Marshall, Group Planning Director, Peel Ports. Venue: Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT and TPS

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27 April 2018. Friday. Rail in the North. Venue: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ. More info: 4FC-RiN

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28 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch AGM. Guest speakers on Light Rail. More info: RfL&SE

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30 April 2018. Monday. Joint Control of Trains & Infrastructure. Venue: London Underground Head Office, 10th Floor 55 Broadway, London. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.00. More info: IMechE

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30 April 2018. Monday. Final date for 'early-bird' members-only discount bookings for Railfuture's annual national summer conference in Carlisle on Saturday 23 June. More info: conferences.

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1-3 May 2018. Tuesday-Thursday. Infrarail. Excel, London. More info: Infra

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1 May 2018. Tuesday. Ribble Valley Rail committee meeting. Non-committee members welcome to attend, but not allowed to vote. Venue: New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 14.30. More info: RVR

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2 May 2018. Wednesday. GWML Electrification – Work to the Intersection Bridges at Cardiff Central. Speaker from Holbourn Engineering. Venue: Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.45-19.45. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Thames Valley section meeting: PWI

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2 May 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2018

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3 May 2018. Thursday. Ride2Stride Walking Festival. foscl r2s

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3 May 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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3 May 2018. Thursday. Guest speaker: Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance. AGM follows. Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. 19.30. More info: CRAG

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3 May 2018. Thursday. London's Disused Stations – North London. Speaker: Jim Connor, North London Railway Historical Society. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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4-7 May 2018. Friday-Monday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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4 May 2018. Friday. Colin Speakman talk on geologist Adam Sedgwick at Friends Meeting House, Kirkgate, Settle BD24 9DX. 14.15. £3.Part of Ride2Stride Walking Festival. foscl r2s

4 May 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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6 May 2018. Sunday. Railway service at Mallerstang. foscl

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4 May 2018. Friday. Carlisle power signal box. Venue: Station Hotel, Carnforth, opposite the railway station. 19.30. Donations requested, £4 for non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Furness, Lakes & Lune branch event: RCTS

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8-9 May 2018. Tuesday-Wednesday. 4th annual ERTMS & ETCS 2018: The Future of Railway Signalling. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, central London. 08.45-16.50/15.50. More info: WF

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Project Update. Speaker: Stacey Macdonald, Network Rail. Venue: Aberdeen. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. New Rolling Stock for Northern. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

8 May 2018. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. Felixstowe Travel Watch AGM. 19.30. More info: FTW

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. Copy date for July Railwatch. Send letters, articles, photos to editor at railwatch.org.uk

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9 May 2018. Wednesday. Women in the workplace - the gender pay gap, organisational cultures and representation in leadership. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WFP

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9 May 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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10 May 2018. Thursday. An Introduction to Designing Public Transport Interchanges. Venue: Arup, Forth Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3PL. 13.00-14.00. More info: CIHT

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12 May 2018. Saturday. Railfuture AGM in Edinburgh. 10.00-17.00. More info: conferences; email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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12 May 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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12 May 2018. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association AGM. Venue: Quay Street church, Woodbridge. More info: ESTA

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14 May 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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15 May 2018. Tuesday. New Trains in the North. Guest speaker: Ian Hyde, Head of New Trains, Northern. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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15 May 2018. Tuesday. UK's Railway Challenges: Innovations in the Rail Industry, and an update on the PWI. Venue: The Pullman Room, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 4AE. 18.00-20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, West Yorkshire section meeting: PWI

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15 May 2018. Tuesday. Lower Thames Crossing - A nationally significant infrastructure project. Guest speaker: Rob Audsley, Project Manager, Highways England. Venue: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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15 May 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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16-17 May 2018. Wednesday-Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology conference: ICRE 2018 - The 8th International Conference on Railway Engineering. Venue: The IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. More info: IET

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16 May 2018. Wednesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships Community Rail in the city.. Venues: across stations nationally.

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16 May 2018. Wednesday. The future for planning in London - growth, sustainability and infrastructure. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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16 May 2018. Wednesday. Borders Railway. Venue: WSP Offices, 7th Floor, 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Glasgow section meeting: PWI

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16 May 2018. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meeting; non-members welcome. Venue: No.1 Inn, Cleethorpes station, 3 Station Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AY. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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17 May 2018. Thursday. TRA AGM, Village Hall, Umberleigh, Devon. 19.00. More info: Tarka

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17 May 2018. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Women in Engineering. Venue: University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. More info: IET

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17 May 2018. Thursday. Magor & Undy Walkway Station. Venue: The Golden Lion, 23A The Square, Magor, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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19 May 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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19 May 2018. Saturday. Joint Infrastructure & Networks/Freight Groups meeting. Derby.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. Significant changes to timetable as first of four phases leading to final December 2019 timetable. Whole network redesigned with increased Thameslink peak service of 18 trains per hour operating through central London. Existing Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern services will also change. Initially six Thameslink trains per hour in peaks will break their links and only operate as far as London Bridge or London Blackfriars (from the south), restarting from London King's Cross (from the north), and vice versa, until high capacity signalling infrastructure fully available through central London core section.

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21-25 May 2018. Monday-Friday. Walk to School Week. More info: LS

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21 May 2018. Monday. Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport Terminal 4 transfer to MTR Crossrail. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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21 May 2018. Monday. The Docklands Light Railway. Speaker: Mark Davis. Venue: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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21 May 2018. Monday. 40 years of service. Speaker: Terence Jenner, the last BR Board Chairman. Venue: Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. Donations requested £2.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch event: RCTS.

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21 May 2018. Monday. The History of the Old Dalby Test Track. Speaker: David Coxon. Venue: The Maudslay Hotel, 190 Allesley Old Road, Coventry CV5 8GJ. 19.30. Donation of £3 requested from non-members. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, West Midlands branch event: RCTS

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Scottish Transport Applications and Research conference: Shaping Transport for a Changing World. Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA. More info: STAR

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Next steps for planning and delivering major infrastructure projects in the UK. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. How the Rail Industry has to Respond to the Mobile Customer. Guest speaker: Clare Gilmartin, CEO of Trainline. Venue: London. 18.00-20.00. More info: RSA, RSA/CILT, and CILT. Background: RSA-CILT

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Network Rail's Management of Earthworks. Speaker from Network Rail. Venue: Aston Court Hotel, opposite Derby station, Derby DE1 2SL. 18.30-20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section meeting: PWI

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Rail Care - set up to deal with customers in an emergency such as an accident or major incident. Speaker: from South Western Railway. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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24 May 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q4 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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24 May 2018. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Crossrail: a new artery for the UK. Venue: Reading UTC, Crescent Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5RQ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More info: IET

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25 May-1 June 2018. Friday-Friday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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26 May-3 June 2018. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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29 May 2018. Tuesday. ABFLY meeting. Venue: St. Stephen's Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, AL2 3PJ. 19.30. More info: ABFLY

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29 May 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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31 May 2018. Thursday. Ride2Stride Walking Festival. foscl r2s

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

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1 June 2018. Friday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association line anniversary buffet. Venue: Lady of the Lake, Bridge Road, Oulton Broad. 18.00-20.30. More info: ESTA

1 June 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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2 June 2018. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. York. 13.00.

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5 June 2018. Tuesday. The Railfreight Market from the Customer's Perspective. Speakers: David Turner, Director of Rail, Malcolm Logistics; Chris Swan, Senior Manager - Rail & Shipping, Tarmac. Venue: Sixth Form College, Leek Road, Stoke, Staffordshire, ST4 2RU. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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5 June 2018. Tuesday. Creating Desire to Travel. Guest speaker: Ray Stenning, Design Director, Best Impressions. Venue: Sussex Downs College, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 June 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q4 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Big Rail Diversity Challenge. Venue: Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE. More info: BRDC

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Eden Brows landslip, Settle-Carlisle line. Venue: Auditorium, The Quadrant, Network Rail, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1EN. 16.30 for 17.00 start, to 19.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Milton Keynes section meeting: PWI

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7 June 2018. Thursday. The Ordsall Chord. Venue: Network Rail Meeting Rooms 0.1 & 0.2, George Stephenson House, 1 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, York section meeting: PWI

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Stephenson Walks - A guided tour around Newcastle and the life of Robert Stephenson. 18.00-19.30. More info: CIHT

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7 June 2018. Thursday. The Heritage of HS2. Speaker: Chris Jordan, Archaeology & Heritage Advisor to Technical Directorate, HS2 Ltd. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver Street, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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9 June 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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11 June 2018. Monday. Annual Celebration Dinner. More info: RSA and RSA/CILT. Background: RSA-CILT

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11 June 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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12 June 2018. Tuesday. ORR expected to publish and consult on its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.8, February 2018

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12 June 2018. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Rail Electrification on UK railways. Venue: The Holiday Inn, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5QT. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. More info: IET

12 June 2018. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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12-13 June 2018. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail at Sandton, Johannesburg. More info: AR

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14 June 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q4 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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14 June 2018. Thursday. Delivering the Growth Deal for North Wales. Venue: North Wales. 08.30-13.00. More info: WFP

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14 June 2018. Thursday. The Introduction of On-Time Performance (OTP) into the Railway. Speakers from Atkins. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section meeting: PWI

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16 June 2018. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia meeting at St Mary's at Stoke church hall, Stoke Street, Ipswich IP2 8DA. More info: RfEA Email eastanglia@railfuture.org.uk

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17 June 2018. Sunday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association stall at Woodbridge Regatta. More info: ESTA

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18 June 2018. Monday. Mail Rail - The London Post Office Railway. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the Postal Museum. Venue: Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. Donations requested £2.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch event: RCTS.

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19 June 2018. Tuesday. Into the Future with KeolisAmey Metrolink. Speaker: TBC. Meeting Point: Old Trafford Metrolink Stop (Southbound Platform). Venue: Trafford Depot, Warwick Road South, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0GZ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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19 June 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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21 June 2018. Thursday. Next steps for growth in the Thames Estuary: infrastructure, delivery and developing key sectors. Venue: central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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21 June 2018. Thursday. Transport Infrastructure & Complex Mega Structures. Venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD. 17.30-19.30. More info: ICE

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21 June 2018. Thursday. Magor & Undy Walkway Station. Venue: The Golden Lion, 23A The Square, Magor, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 3HY. 19.30. More info: MAGOR

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23 June 2018. Saturday. Railfuture annual national summer conference at Hallmark Hotel, Court Square, Carlisle CA1 1QY. 10.45-17.00. More info: conferences

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26 June 2018. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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28 June 2018. Thursday. Ride2Stride Walking Festival. foscl r2s

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30 June 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 11.00. More info: Herts and Beds

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4 July 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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5 July 2018. Thursday. A Career With BR. Speaker: David Maidment OBE, former top Operating Officer. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver Street, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

6 July 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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7 July 2018. Saturday. Railfuture stall at Uckfield Festival's 'Big Day.'

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9 July 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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9-11 July 2018. Monday-Wednesday. Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition. Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. More info: SITCE

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11 July 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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12 July 2018. Thursday. Developing the UK’s city region transport networks and next steps for the Transforming Cities Fund. Venue: central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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14 July 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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18 July 2018. Wednesday. The Severn Beach Branch Project: A Train Operators' Perspective. Venue: Room 3.9, Network Rail's SN1 Offices, Station Road, Swindon, SN1 2DH. 12.30 for 12.45 start, to 14.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, West of England section meeting: PWI

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18 July 2018. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line AGM; non-members welcome. Venue: The Sloop Inn, 81 Waterside Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5BA. 18.00 for 20.00. More info: FoBL

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19 July 2018. Thursday. Ride2Stride Walking Festival. foscl r2s

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19 July 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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22 July-7 October 2018. Sunday-Sunday. Derby station track and signalling enhancements. More info: Derby-1 and Derby-2.

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1 August 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

3 August 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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

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7 August 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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

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11 August 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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13 August 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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18 August 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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30 August 2018. Thursday. Ride2Stride Walking Festival. foscl r2s

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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6 September 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

7 September 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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8 September 2018. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. London. 13.00.

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8 September 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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10 September 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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12 September 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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18 September 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group, followed by AGM. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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19 September 2018. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meeting; non-members welcome. Venue: No.1 Inn, Cleethorpes station, 3 Station Rd, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AY. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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20 September 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q1 2018/19 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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22-23 September 2018. Saturday-Sunday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association stall at East Anglia Transport Museum. More info: ESTA

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27 September 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q1 2018/19 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

October


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40th anniversary of issue no.1 of predecessor to Railwatch, numbered continuously - including intermediate name changes - to now. See Railwatch

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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.
Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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PLAN AHEAD NOW for the 2018/19 festive season!

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4 October 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q1 2018/19 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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4 October 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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4 October 2018. Thursday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships' Community Rail Awards 2018. Venue: Glasgow. More info: ACoRP

5 October 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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6 October 2018. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association autumn meeting. Venue: Halesworth. More info: ESTA

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8 October 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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9 October 2018. Tuesday. The Settle & Carlisle Railway. Speaker: Drew Haley, General Manager, The Settle & Carlisle Railway Development Company. Venue: Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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10-12 October 2018. Wednesday-Friday. European Transport Conference in Dublin Castle. More info: AET

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13 October 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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16 October 2018. Tuesday. Felixstowe Travel Watch AGM. 14.30. More info: FTW

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16 October 2018. Tuesday. The Northern Hub. Venue: The Pullman Room, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 4AE. 18.00-20.00. More about this Permanent Way Institution, West Yorkshire section meeting: PWI

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20-28 October 2018. Saturday-Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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20-28 October 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Brighton Main Line services suspended between Three Bridges and Brighton/Lewes for BML Improvement Project.

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20 October 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds Division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-12.45. More info: Herts and Beds.

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23 October 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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31 October 2018. Wednesday. ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.8, February 2018

November


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South Eastern new franchise award expected.
West Coast Partnership new franchise award expected.

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1 November 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

2 November 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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10 November 2018. Saturday. Railfuture annual national autumn conference, including presentation of 7th annual Rail User Group Awards, in Reading. More info: conferences

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10 November 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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12 November 2018. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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13-14 November 2018. World Rail Festival. Berlage van Beurs in central Amsterdam. More info: WRF

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14 November 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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17 November 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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21 November 2018. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line meeting; non-members welcome. Venue: The Sloop Inn, 81 Waterside Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5BA. 18.00 for 20.00. More info: FoBL

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24 November 2018. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. Birmingham. 13.00.

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24-25 November 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture at National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: WMRC

December


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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.7, November 2017.

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Estimates of station usage for 2017/18 published. More info: ORR

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6 December 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q2 2018/19 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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6 December 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

7 December 2018. Friday. Pontefract Civic Society, Rail sub-group. Venue: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, Stuart Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4PQ. 19.00-21.00. More info: PCS

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8 December 2018. Saturday. Venue: Methodist church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.50. More info: CRUG

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens Desiro City Class 700 Thameslink trains. Two more Thameslink services linked across and running through central London core to provide continuous journeys between north and south as final infrastructure upgrades completed and full benefits of Thameslink Programme being realised.

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10 December 2018. Monday. Annual Christmas social meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group. 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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11 December 2018. Tuesday. Meeting of Chesham & District Transport Users' Group. Venue: Town Hall, 14 High Street, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1EP. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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13 December 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q2 2018/19 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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15 December 2018. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers' Association Christmas lunch. Venue: Lady of the Lake, Bridge Road, Oulton Broad. More info: ESTA

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20 December 2018. Thursday. ORR publishes ‘review notices’, setting out the changes to access contracts and Network Rail’s network licence needed to implement ORR's final determination. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.8, February 2018

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20 December 2018. Thursday. Network Rail publishes its price lists for CP6, setting out the specific access charge rates that would be payable by train operators.

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20 December 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q2 2018/19 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

2019


February


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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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Network Rail decides whether to accept or reject ORR's Final Determination for CP6.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.7, November 2017.

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16-24 February 2019. Saturday-Sunday. Brighton Main Line services suspended between Three Bridges and Brighton/Lewes for BML Improvement Project.

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

March


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ORR issues ‘review implementation notices’, confirming that the review will be implemented on 1 April 2019.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.8, February 2018

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

April


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West Coast Partnership new franchise due to commence.
East Midlands new franchise contract award expected.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Southeastern Direct Award due to end; South Eastern new franchise due to commence. See Invitation To Tender issued to the short-listed bidders, Stakeholder briefing document and Better journeys for SE rail passengers.
More info: EoI, franchise consultation, and franchise prospectus.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts. Changes to train operators’ access contracts, including new access charges, and Network Rail’s network licence, take effect.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2019

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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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19 May 2019. Sunday. Penultimate phase of Thameslink Programme timetable implementation. All but two Thameslink services linked across and running through central London core to provide continuous journeys between north and south, as final infrastructure upgrades completed and full benefits of Thameslink Programme being realised.

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Services start between London Paddington and Shenfield. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

June


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22 June 2019. Saturday. Railfuture's annual national summer conference. Darlington. More info: conferences

August


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East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.
Cross Country new franchise award expected.

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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Arriva CrossCountry Direct Award due to end (extension by 2 additional reporting periods from October, further 11 additional reporting periods extension available at Transport Secretary discretion); new Cross Country franchise due to commence.

Great Western new franchise award expected.

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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8 December 2019. Sunday. Completion of final phase of Thameslink Programme timetable implementation. All Thameslink services linked across and running through central London core to provide continuous journeys between north and south, as all final infrastructure upgrades completed and full benefits of Thameslink Programme realised.

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Services start between Reading/Heathrow and Abbey Wood/Shenfield. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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31 December 2019. Final date for rail vehicles to comply with accessibility regulations. More info: ORR and DfT

2020


February


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Chiltern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (13 additional 'reporting periods' extension assumed); Great Western new franchise due to commence.

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

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Start of extended services on Northern line to Battersea Power Station, via Kennington and Nine Elms. More info: NLE

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

September


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Govia Thameslink Railway management contract ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)
TransPennine Express new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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Chiltern Railways franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Chiltern new franchise due to commence.

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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


January


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East Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

February


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TransPennine Express new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

April


ScotRail franchise ends (eligible for up to three years extension)

May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

October


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

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


Access rights for Heathrow Express to London Heathrow Airport Terminals 2/3 and 5 due to expire.

January


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South Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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.
South Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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.

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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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South Western new franchise award expected.

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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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First/MTR South Western franchise due to expire (up to 11 additional reporting periods available at Secretary of State's discretion), new South Western franchise due to commence.
East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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New Northern franchise operator due to be announced.

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

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

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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

2025


April


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Northern franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


Latest possible end/start of Transport for London Crossrail operating concession.

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

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced.

October


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Greater Anglia franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion), new East Anglia franchise due to commence.

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 at Secretary of State's discretion)

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

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