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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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
2022/Leeds - RAILFUTURE ANNUAL CONFERENCE [link]
- 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
- Nick Flynn and Abby Taylor , Family Friendly Trains (talking about: Campaign to make trains more family friendly)
- Stewart Palmer, Vice President and Director, Railfuture (talking about: Railfuture's aspirations for the future of the railways)
- Stewart was previously Managing Director of South West Trains
- Karen Bennett , Community Rail Education Development Officer, Community Rail Lancashire (talking about: How young people can be engaged in the railways)
- Phil Smart, Assistant Policy Manager, Rail Freight Group (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 (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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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).
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Terms and Conditions
Before booking please make sure that you have read the Railfuture conference terms and conditions (PDF format).
Selected past event
2022/Webinar - RAILFUTURE WEBINAR [link]
- Wed 12/01/2022 Rail Recovery - how to realise the potential
- Neil Middleton, Railfuture director and webinar organiser said:
"Rail is the safest and most sustainable form of powered transport, and should be quick, comfortable, cost effective and reliable, but to many of us it doesn't seem that way at the moment.
"Putting aside the cuts caused by the downturn in passengers from current high Covid infection rates and the linked non-availability of rail staff, services have been taken out of the timetable, resulting in longer waits, journeys that then require a change in the middle and, sometimes, an early finish.
"Moreover, the fares system is yet to properly recognise the 'new normal' with its shift to hybrid working (Railfuture is unimpressed with the Flexi-season ticket).
"Finally, it seems that rail is not being treated fairly on inflation (3.8% on rail fares in March 2022 and no fuel duty increase in the Autumn 2021 budget.
"I thank everyone who joined our webinar."
- Watch a [YouTube video] ("90-minute recording") from the webinar.
- Click [Download] or [Display] for the slides showing results of pre-webinar surey, live poll, images of speakers, Stewart's views, and links (PDF format)
- Click [Download] or [Display] for the list of questions submitted by audience using Zoom Q&A (PDF format)
- About the speakers: [Read Speaker Biographies] [Read Views of the Speakers]
- The session was mainly a Q&A panel; it started with a five-minute update from each of our speakers, shown below
- Webinar Chair: Christian Wolmar , Railfuture President
- Steve White, Managing Director, Southeastern
- Suzanne Donnelly , Commercial Director, Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT)
- Stewart Palmer, Vice President and Director, Railfuture
- Previously Managing Director of South West Trains
- Ian Brown CBE, Vice President and Policy Director, Railfuture
- Previously Managing Director of Transport for London Rail
WEBINAR SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):
Past events for each year
Up to three national events are held each year. Click on the location to see the details.