Railfuture Conferences and Webinars

Railfuture now holds one major national conference each year, in late summer/early 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. We also produce free-to-attend Webinars.

Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the organisations who have spoken at conferences and webinars include Anglia Railways, Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Association of Train Operating Companies, Cardiff International Airport, Centro, Chester-le-Track, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry Trains, 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 British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT), Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Southern Railway, 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, Port Of Sunderland, Rail Delivery Group, RSSB, ScotRail Alliance, SLC Rail, Southeastern, South West Trains, Thameslink and Great Northern, Transpennine Express, TramPower, Transport for Wales Rail, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, UK Rail Leasing, Virgin Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast, Vivarail and West Midlands Trains.

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

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Note: this hash-tag is not exclusive to Railfuture.

Future Events

Following the ending of COVID-19 restrictions in England, Railfuture has resumed physical meetings, both at national and branch level. The first was the Railfuture Ltd AGM in Birmingham in July 2021. The successful 'Attracting Passengers Back to Rail' Zoom webinar, first staged in October 2020) was repeated in January 2022 to assess progress made by the rail industry (and government) and to see whether rail users' views had changed.

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

2022/Bristol (AGM) [link]

  • Sat 16/07/2022 17th Railfuture Ltd AGM
  • Plus presentation of Rail User Group Awards
  • Hosted by Railfuture Severnside branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • Registration from 10:00 with refreshments from 10:30. AGM starts at 11:00. Includes presentation of Railfuture Campaigner of the Year Award, followed by a break for lunch (not at venue). Afternoon session (open to all) has keynote speakers. Close at 15:30
  • Venue: St Michael's Church Centre
    • This venue is modern, attractive and is designed to hold large conferences
    • Room: Large Meeting Room [image]
      • The large meeting room can accommodate up 80 delegates seated cabaret style
    • The Green, Stoke Gifford, Bristol
    • Postcode: BS34 8PD
    • Phone: 0117 969 2486
    • Route: It is five minutes' walk from Bristol Parkway Station
  • Enquiries about the AGM: please email conferences at railfuture.org.uk.
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy - there is no fee to attend.
    • All paperwork was completed on Tue 08/03/2022. It is now too late to include anything for the AGM in the standard mailing with Railwatch.
    • Proxy voting and registering your attendance is now open (click HERE to do so online) and paper forms must be received by the Membership Renewals officer, Lloyd Butler (see details on AGM notice) by Thu 14/07/2022
    • Motions must be received by the Railfuture Ltd Chair, Chris Page (see details on AGM notice) by Sat 02/07/2022
    • Information about how Railfuture is run, including a copy of the Articles of Association, can be found at Railfuture+organisation.
  • Refreshments are complimentary. Lunch, if required, must be purchased in advance [book].
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.
  • Lunch Prices for Bristol AGM: [book]
    • £10.00 - Standard Lunch


  • Thu 15/09/2022 Turning Point for the Railways [Why Attend?]
    • 'What do we want the railways to look like in the future?'
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • Timings: 09.15-10.00 Arrivals - tea/coffee/pastries; 10.00-12.45 Morning session; 12.45-13.45 Lunch; 13.45-16.30 Afternoon session to include a workshop for all attendees
  • Speakers:
    • Nick Flynn Twitter Image and Abby Taylor Twitter Image, Family Friendly Trains Twitter Image (talking about: Campaign to make trains more family friendly)
    • Stewart Palmer, Vice President and Director, Railfuture Twitter Image Facebook Image (talking about: Railfuture's aspirations for the future of the railways)
      • Stewart was previously Managing Director of South West Trains
    • Karen Bennett Twitter Image, Community Rail Education Development Officer, Community Rail Lancashire Twitter Image Facebook Image (talking about: How young people can be engaged in the railways)
    • Phil Smart, Assistant Policy Manager, Rail Freight Group Twitter Image (talking about: Rail's role in the future movement of freight)
      • Phil is also Councillor at Ipswich Borough Council with a strong knowledge of transport matters
    • Anna-Jane Hunter, Partner, Winder Phillips Associates, Women in Rail Twitter Image (talking about: How Women in Rail see the future roles of women in the railways)
    • Dr Manuel Ofeda Cabral, Senior Research Fellow in Transport Economics and Appraisal, University of Leeds (talking about: The value of new railway lines and stations)
    • Alison Smith, Head of Accessibility, Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) (talking about: Keynote Listener and update on GBRTT)
    • The event will be chaired by Brian Barnsley - Deputy Chief Executive of Community Rail Network and Head of Support and Development
  • Venue: St George's Centre
    • This venue is modern, attractive and the air-conditioned room chosen is designed to hold large conferences
    • Room: The Hemming Suite
      • This large meeting room can accommodate up 150 delegates depending on layout; Railfuture has chosen a cabaret layout which handles 120 people
    • 60 Great George Street, Leeds
    • Postcode: LS1 3DL
    • Phone: 0113 383 2140
  • Enquiries about the conference: please email conferences at railfuture.org.uk.
  • Places for this conference are still available. Please book by Tue 13/09/2022
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer is still open but will end on Fri 05/08/2022.
  • Prices for the Railfuture Annual Conference in Leeds: [book]
    • £45.00 - Early bird (members only)
    • £50.00 - General Admission
    • £35.00 - Student
    • Includes: Lunch and refreshments will be provided

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Conference Fees (4 options)

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.

Bookings should be made online. However, if this is not possible please send your details and a cheque to the 'All other correspondence' address (not the registered office address) shown on this page.

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

Please mention any dietary requirements in the 'optional note to seller' message box on the PayPal page.

Terms and Conditions

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

Selected past event

2016/Birmingham [link]

  • Sat 12/11/2016 Heart of the railway - how West Midlands will lead the way to the future
  • Plus presentation of 2016 Rail User Group Awards

  • Reason for Birmingham: Completion of Birmingham New Street modernisation and Midland Metro extensions
  • Hosted by Railfuture West Midlands branch
  • It was held at The Priory Rooms

    Nothing is available


  • Toby Rackcliff, Rail Policy and Strategy Manager, West Midlands Combined Authority (talked about: Driving Improvement in the next West Midlands Franchise)
  • Maria Machancoses, Programme Director, Midlands Connect Twitter Image (talked about: Powering the Midlands Engine)
  • Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group Twitter Image (talked about: Challenges in a devolved rail sector, capacity, investment and access issues)
  • Alice Gillman, Communications, Vivarail (talked about: The Class 230 - a new train for a new franchise)
  • Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport Twitter Image Facebook Image (talked about: Priorities for the Railways, a CBT perspective)
  • Professor Clive Roberts, University of Birmingham (talked about: The digital age of railways)
  • The conference was opened by Councillor Carl Rice, Lord Mayor of Birmingham

Past events for each year

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

2022 Webinar
2021 Birmingham (AGM)
2020 Birmingham (AGM) Webinar
2019 Cardiff (AGM) Darlington Bristol
2018 Edinburgh (AGM) Carlisle Reading
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 London Reading (AGM)
1981 Sheffield (AGM) London
1980 London Bristol (AGM) Derby Peterborough
1979 Peterborough (AGM)

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