Railfuture Conferences

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its AGM for members). We aim only to cover our costs. The conferences are competitively priced, to be within rail users' price range, and are open to everyone. Railfuture members are usually offered a chance to attend at a discounted rate.

Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the organisations who have spoken at conferences include Anglia Railways, Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Association of Train Operating Companies, Cardiff International Airport, Centro, Chester-le-Track, Chiltern Railways, Delta Rail, East Coast, East Midlands Trains, East West Rail Consortium, Eurostar, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, First Transpennine Express, Furrer + Frey GB, Grand Central, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Hitachi Rail Europe, HS2, London Midland, London Overground Railway Operations, Merseytravel, MyTestTrack.com, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Northern (Arriva Rail North), Nottingham Express Transit, Parry People Movers, ScotRail Alliance, South West Trains, Thameslink and Great Northern, Transpennine Express, TramPower, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, UK Rail Leasing, Virgin Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast and Vivarail.

Click HERE to see a list events and speakers for each organisation.

To follow Railfuture's conferences on Twitter use the hash-tag shown against the conference.
Note: this hash-tag is not exclusive to Railfuture.

Future Events

Click HERE For a list of rail-related events including free-to-attend Railfuture branch meetings

2018/Edinburgh (AGM) [link]

  • 12/05/2018 14th Railfuture Ltd AGM
  • Hosted by Railfuture Scotland branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • Registration from 10:00, begins at 11:00 with speakers, AGM from 14:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
  • Venue: Holyrood Hotel
    • Room: The Salisbury Suite
    • 81 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
    • Postcode: EH8 8AU
    • Phone: (0131) 528 8000
    • Email: general.holyrood at macdonald-hotels.co.uk
    • Route: The venue is a 4-star hotel, 0.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Station and just metres from Holyrood Park. From Waverley station exit via Market Street; cross road and turn into Jeffrey Street. At traffic lights, continue forward into St Mary Street, passing a Travelodge on your right. At second set of traffic lights, turn left into Cowgate, keep left on to Holyrood Road. The Hotel is situated on the left about 400 metres from the traffic lights. Lothian Buses Service 6 from Princes Street.
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy - there is no fee to attend.
    • The deadline for completing AGM paperwork to go in the standard mailing with Railwatch is 28/02/2018. (This is the date when files go to the printer.)
    • Proxy votes can be registered between 09/03/2018 and 10/05/2018
    • Motions must be received by the Company Secretary by 28/04/2018
    • Information about how Railfuture is run, including a copy of the Articles of Association, can be found at Railfuture+organisation.
  • On this occasion Railfuture is not offering lunch. There will be plenty of places to buy lunch within 10 minutes' walk
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.

2018/Carlisle [link]

  • 23/06/2018 The North West's Crucial Role in National Rail Connectivity
  • Hosted by Railfuture North West branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #RailfutureCarlisle2018
  • Begins at 10:45, registration from 10:00, finishes by 17:00
  • Speakers:
  • Venue: Hallmark Hotel
    • Court Square, Carlisle
    • Postcode: CA1 1QY
    • Phone: 0330 028 3401
    • The Hallmark Hotel is next to Carlisle railway station. It is fully accessible
  • For further details about the conference please email carlisle2018 at railfuture.org.uk.
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 21/06/2018
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 30/04/2018.
  • Prices for Carlisle: [book]
    • £25.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £30.00 - Members after 30th April
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £20.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments and buffet lunch.
  • Click [HERE] to download a booking form (PDF format). Note: online bookings are preferred.

2018/Reading [link]

  • 10/11/2018
  • Hosted by Railfuture Thames Valley branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • Venue: Hotel Novotel Reading Centre
    • Room: Meeting rooms 6 & 7
    • 25b Friar Street, Reading
    • Postcode: RG1 1DP
    • Phone: 0118 952 2720
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this conference will close on 08/11/2018
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only is still open but will end on 31/08/2018.
  • Prices for Reading: [book]
    • £25.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £30.00 - Members after 31st August
    • £30.00 - Non-members
    • £20.00 - 16-25 Railcard Holder
    • Includes: Welcome refreshments and buffet lunch.

Additional Railfuture National Conferences - Dates for your diary

  • 22/06/2019 - Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington
  • 18/05/2019 - Yr Hen Lyfrgell, The Hayes, Cardiff (AGM)

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Conference Fees (6 options)

A conference fee discount is available for group attendance (5+ people) - please contact by e-mail for price:

You do not have to be a member to attend a conference, but you can save money if you are. To become a member click [HERE] to book the next conference and join Railfuture at the same time - you'll get a special discount
If bookings for the next conference have closed this will be for the conference after that.

(MEDIA: For a free 'press pass' please contact Bruce Williamson by e-mailing media at railfuture.org.uk or phone on 07759 557389).

Terms and Conditions

Before booking please make sure that you have read the Railfuture conference terms and conditions (PDF format).

Selected past event

2004/Birmingham [link]

  • It was held at Carrs Lane Church Centre
  • Read an [Article] ("Rail Users' Event") about the conference.
  • Adrian Lyons, Director General, Railway Forum
  • David Keay, Principal Inspector, HMRI
  • Alan Dare, Business Development Manager, Chiltern Railways Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Sheila Dee, Chester to Shrewsbury Rail Partnership (talked about Promoting Local Rail Services)

Past events for each year

Up to three national events are held each year. Click on the location to see the details.

2017 Peterborough (AGM) Leeds Leicester
2016 Milton Keynes (AGM) Scottish Borders Birmingham
2015 Blackpool (AGM) Newark Bristol
2014 Sheffield (AGM) Cambridge London
2013 Durham (AGM) Taunton Oxford
2012 Worcester (AGM) Stirling Birmingham
2011 Brighton (AGM) Bletchley Manchester
2010 Wrexham (AGM) Taunton London
2009 Leeds (AGM) Northallerton Corby
2008 Coventry (AGM) Salisbury London
2007 Preston (AGM) Glasgow Ely
2006 Swindon (AGM) Stoke Reading
2005 Peterborough (AGM) Barry Manchester
2004 Newcastle (AGM) Birmingham
2003 Birmingham Cardiff (AGM) London
2002 Nottingham (AGM) Derby London
2001 Liverpool (AGM) Poole London
2000 Croydon (AGM) London
1999 York (AGM) Walsall Colchester
1998 Shrewsbury (AGM) Cambridge London
1997 Norwich (AGM) Halifax London
1996 Mansfield (AGM) Bicester London
1995 Exeter (AGM) Bathgate London
1994 Lincoln (AGM) Clitheroe London
1993 Ashford (AGM) Maesteg London
1992 Birmingham (AGM) Nottingham London
1991 Edinburgh (AGM) Birmingham
1990 Manchester (AGM) London
1989 Southampton (AGM) London
1988 Leicester (AGM) London
1987 Newcastle (AGM) London
1986 Cardiff (AGM) London
1985 Wakefield (AGM) London
1984 Ely (AGM) London
1983 Crewe (AGM) London
1982 Reading (AGM) London
1981 Sheffield (AGM) London
1980 Bristol (AGM) London
1979 Peterborough (AGM) London

Click HERE to see a full list of past events. Looking for something else? Check the SITEMAP


Support Our National Campaigning - Join Railfuture

Annual Rates: £18 adults, £14 concessions

It's not necessary to join Railfuture as a member to support our work and campaigns. But it would help our campaigns even more, not just financially but also our influence, if you become a member.

Click here to apply to join. You can pay immediately with your credit or debit card or PayPal account.

Further information about the benefits of Railfuture membership, including packages for local authorities, parish councils, businesses and other organisations, can be obtained by e-mailing membership@railfuture.org.uk or write to:

Membership Secretary
1 Queens Road
Barnetby le Wold
North Lincs
DN38 6JH

(Our previous membership address was at Brant Road in Lincoln. If you have sent membership correspondence there, don't worry, it will be forwarded.)


Page last changed on 23rd February 2018.

About Railfuture

Railfuture is an independent, voluntary group representing rail users in Britain with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions, and all members have an equal say.

Railfuture campaigns for cheap and convenient rail services for everyone; better links for buses, bikes and pedestrians; policies to get more heavy lorries on to rail; new lines, stations and freight terminals. In short, a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight.

Railfuture is pro-rail but not anti-road or anti-air. However, we campaign for a switch from road and air to rail. We do not interfere in the running of the railway - we campaign for the quality and range of services provided, not how they are delivered. We are the only champion of all rail users.

Railfuture is the campaigning name of Railfuture Ltd.

A not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 5011634.

Registered Office: 24 Chedworth Place, Tattingstone, Suffolk IP9 2ND.

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