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 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, 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.

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


Future Events

The Railfuture directors had already confirmed that there will definitely be an AGM in 2021, to be held in July in order to maximise the chance of being able to hold it as a physical meeting (with a Zoom meeting as a fallback option if COVID-19 regulations prevent it). Feedback from a survey of members' preferences (provided with Railwatch in March 2021) has shown that sufficient members should be present to have a quorum. As the government's roadmap for relaxing most restrictions in England in time for the AGM is expected to be achieved, it has been decided that a physical AGM will be held in Birmingham on 17 July 2021.

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

2021/Birmingham (AGM) [link]

  • Sat 17/07/2021 16th Railfuture Ltd AGM
  • This will be a physical event to be undertaken in a Covid-secure manner with appropriate social distancing et al [legislation allowing company meetings to take place virtually has now expired]. There was no AGM in 2020
  • Hosted by Railfuture West Midlands branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • IMPORTANT: Please register attendance in advance so that the room can be arranged for the expected number for people. A person who arrives without prior notification will be put into a 'standby queue'.
  • 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
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  • Speakers: [Read Speaker Biographies]
  • Venue: The Priory Rooms
    • Room: Main Meeting House
    • Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham
    • Postcode: B4 6AF
    • Phone: (0121) 236 2317
    • Route: Priory rooms front gate is less than ten metres from Bull Street tram stop. If walking follow tram lines from New Street or Snow Hill stations
  • Enquiries about the AGM: please see the inserts included with the current edition of Railwatch, click the 'Further Info' link below or email conferences at railfuture.org.uk.
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy - there is no fee to attend.
    • A survey of Railfuture members on the best format for the AGM was conducted. It ended on Mon 31/05/2021
    • All paperwork was completed on Mon 14/06/2021. 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 15/07/2021
    • Motions must be received by the Railfuture Ltd Chair, Chris Page (see details on AGM notice) by Sat 03/07/2021
    • Information about how Railfuture is run, including a copy of the Articles of Association, can be found at Railfuture+organisation.
  • Further Info: Click [Download] or [Display] for the AGM notice and agenda, including map (PDF format)
  • On this occasion Railfuture is not offering lunch.
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.


Sorry but there are no future events available to book yet - please re-visit this website later.


Selected past event

2019/Bristol - RAILFUTURE ANNUAL CONFERENCE [link]

  • Sat 21/09/2019 Every Passenger Matters
  • The Railfuture national conference centred on topics around inclusion and accessibility for passengers using the rail network.

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  • It was held at St Michael's Church Centre
  • Railfuture is grateful for sponsorship from Cross Country Trains Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read a [Press Release] about the conference.
  • Listen to a [Radio Interview] about the conference.
  • Watch a YouTube Icon video (Interview with Stephen Brookes MBE, conference chair) from the conference
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

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    Speakers (left to right): Matt Barnes, Richard Gibson, Lorna Brown-Owens and Jon Harris
  • Matt Barnes, Regional Development Manager West, Great Western Railway (talked about: Enhancing the Passenger Experience at our Stations) Twitter Image Facebook Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Lorna Brown-Owens, Access and Inclusion Manager, Network Rail (talked about: Shaping Accessibility: How Network Rail will put passengers first) Twitter Image Facebook Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Richard Gibson, Communications Manager, CrossCountry Trains (talked about: Going the Extra Mile) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jon Harris, Integrated Transport and Accessibility Manager, West Midlands Trains (talked about: Supporting the door-to-door journey - An insight into West Midlands Trains' Stations as Places, Personalised Travel Planning and Equality perspective) Wikipedia Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • The conference was chaired by Stephen Brookes MBE, who is a rail sector champion for the minister for disabled people


Past events for each year

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

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 Bristol (AGM) London Peterborough
1979 Peterborough (AGM) London

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


 

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Page last changed on 7th June 2021.


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.


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