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, 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.

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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
  • Venue: Holyrood Hotel
  • 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 15 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:
    • Paul Maynard, Former Rail Minister [*1], Government
    • Representative from Story Contracting (talking about Reopening landslip at Eden Brows on the Settle & Carlisle line) Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Mark Rand, Past Chairman, Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line Twitter Image
    • Several speakers are still being sought. Note: [*1] it is possible that Paul Maynard will no longer attend; if so Railfuture will find an alternative speaker
  • 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
  • Sorry but bookings are not being taken yet - please re-visit this web-site later.
  • The 'Early Bird' discount offer for members only will end on 31/08/2019.

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 (3 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).

Organisations that have spoken at Railfuture national events

Abbotsford House - home of Sir Walter Scott Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2016/Scottish Borders: Giles Ingram

Anglia Railways:

  • 2000/London: Jonathan Denby

Arriva Cross Country Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2012/Birmingham: Richard Gibson

Arriva Trains Wales (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2010/Wrexham: Ben Jones
  • 2005/Barry: Malcolm Howitt

Association of Community Rail Partnerships (3 events) Facebook Image:

  • 2009/Corby: Brian Barnsley
  • 2005/Manchester: Neil Buxton
  • 2003/London: Paul Salveson

Association of Train Operating Companies (4 events):

  • 2010/London: David Smith
  • 2008/London: Chris Austin
  • 2008/Coventry: Jim Morgan
  • 1998/London: James Gordon

Bedford Commuters Association:

  • 2007/Ely: Andy Long

Bedwyn Trains Passenger Group:

  • 2013/Taunton: Steve Smith

Birmingham City Council:

  • 2012/Worcester: Cllr Timothy Huxtable

Broxtowe Borough Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2015/Newark: Steve Barber

Cambridge Cycling Campaign Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2014/Cambridge: Jim Chisholm

Cambridgeshire County Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Campaign for Better Transport (3 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2016/Birmingham: Stephen Joseph
  • 2011/Bletchley: Stephen Joseph
  • 2011/Brighton: Alexandra Woodsworth

Cardiff International Airport Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2005/Barry: Steve Hodgetts


  • 2005/Peterborough: Tim Phillips

Centro Twitter Image:

Chester to Shrewsbury Rail Partnership:

  • 2004/Birmingham: Sheila Dee


Chiltern Railways (4 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2013/Oxford: Stephen Barker
  • 2012/Birmingham: Richard Harper
  • 2004/Birmingham: Alan Dare
  • 2001/London: Adrian Shooter

Corby Borough Council Twitter Image:

  • 2009/Corby: Cllr Mark Pengelly


  • 2007/Glasgow: Howard Pack

Conservative Party Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2006/Reading: Stephen Hammond MP

Cotswold Line Promotion Group:

  • 2007/Ely: Derek Potter

Delta Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Department for Transport:

  • 2014/London: Trevor Birch

Derbyshire County Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Don Valley Railway Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2014/Sheffield: Chris Bell

East Coast Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2014/London: Karen Boswell

East Lancashire Railway Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Andy Coward

East Midlands Trains (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image Wikipedia Image:

  • 2017/Leicester: Jake Kelly
  • 2009/Corby: Tim Shoveller

East Suffolk Travellers Association:

  • 2011/Manchester: Trevor Garrod

East West Rail Consortium (2 events) Twitter Image:

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Stephen Walker

European Passengers' Federation:

  • 2012/Stirling: Trevor Garrod

Eurostar Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2008/London: Simon Montague

Fen Line Users' Association:

  • 2007/Ely: Robert Stripe

FirstBus Facebook Image:

  • 2015/Bristol: James Freeman

First Capital Connect Twitter Image:

  • 2014/Cambridge: David Statham

First Great Western (3 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2010/Taunton: John Bird
  • 2007/Ely: Bob Breakwell
  • 2006/Swindon: Glenda Lamont

First Transpennine Express Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2009/Leeds: David Mallender

Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line Twitter Image:

Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Friends of the West Highland Lines:

  • 2011/Manchester: Peter Tomlinson

Furrer + Frey GB Twitter Image:

Grand Central (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Tom Clift
  • 2006/Stoke: Ian Yeowart

Great Central Railway (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2017/Leicester: Tom Ingall
  • 2015/Newark: Tom Ingall

Great Western Railway Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Greater Anglia Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Greengauge 21 Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Green Party (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2008/London: Caroline Lucas
  • 2001/London: Jennie Jones

Hampshire County Council:

  • 2008/Salisbury: Peter Murnaghan

Hertfordshire County Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2010/London: Trevor Mason

Hitachi Rail Europe:

HS2 (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2015/Blackpool: Stephen McFarlane
  • 2011/Bletchley: Prof. Andrew McNaughton


  • 2010/Taunton: Nick Gallop

Kilbride Group:

  • 2013/Taunton: John Chapman

Lancashire County Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2011/Manchester: Richard Watts

Labour Party (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2014/Sheffield: Mary Creagh MP
  • 2011/Manchester: Lilian Greenwood MP

Leicestershire County Council Twitter Image:

Levenmouth Rail Campaign Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2016/Scottish Borders: Dr Allen Armstrong

Liberal Democrats Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2008/London: Norman Baker MP

London Midland Twitter Image Facebook Image:

London Overground Railway Operations:

  • 2010/London: Darren Hockaday


  • 2001/Liverpool: Neil Scales

Midlands Connect Twitter Image:


  • 2006/Stoke: George Watson

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Twitter Image:

New Somerset and Dorset Railway Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2013/Taunton: Dean Cockwell

Network Rail (7 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2015/Newark: Graham Botham
  • 2014/Cambridge: Paul McMahon
  • 2013/Oxford: Chris Aldridge
  • 2012/Birmingham: Mick Miller
  • 2012/Stirling: Geoff Cook
  • 2010/Taunton: Charles Varey
  • 2005/Barry: David White

Newark and Sherwood District Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2015/Newark: Roger Blaney

Northern Rail Facebook Image Wikipedia Image:

  • 2011/Manchester: Barry Graham

Northern (Arriva Rail North) Twitter Image Facebook Image Wikipedia Image:

North West Leicestershire District Council Twitter Image:

North Yorkshire County Council Twitter Image:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Richard Owens and Andrew Eason

North Yorkshire Moors Railway:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Phil Bustard

Nottingham Express Transit:

  • 2002/Nottingham: Colin Lee

Nottinghamshire County Council (3 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2010/London: Jim Bamford
  • 2009/Corby: Jim Bamford
  • 2002/Derby: Jonathan Hall

North Cheshire Rail Users Group:

  • 2011/Manchester: Cedric Green and Janet Briggs

Oxfordshire County Council (2 events) Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Parry People Movers (2 events):

  • 2015/Bristol: John Parry
  • 2006/Stoke: Caspar Lucas

Passenger Focus Twitter Image:

  • 2014/London: Sharon Hedges

Passenger Transport Networks:

  • 2011/Bletchley: Jonathan Tyler

Portishead Railway Group Facebook Image:

Rail Freight Group (3 events) Twitter Image:

  • 2016/Birmingham: Lord Berkeley
  • 2013/Oxford: Lord Berkeley
  • 2008/London: Lord Berkeley

RAIL Magazine Twitter Image:

Rail North Twitter Image:

Railway Mission Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Reading Borough Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2006/Reading: Ruth Leuillette

Scottish Borders Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2016/Scottish Borders: Cllr David Parker

Scottish Mining Museum Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2016/Scottish Borders: Representative

Severnside Community Rail Partnership:

  • 2010/Taunton: Keith Walton

Silvertip Design:

  • 2006/Stoke: Carl Henderson

Skipton East Lancs Railway Action Partnership:

  • 2007/Ely: Andy Shackleton

South East Northumberland Rail User Group Facebook Image:

  • 2013/Durham: Dennis Fancett

South West Trains Twitter Image:

St Andrews Railway Campaign Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Steer Davies Gleave Twitter Image:

  • 1996/Bicester: Jim Steer

Story Contracting Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2018/Carlisle:

Sussex Community Rail Partnership:

  • 2011/Brighton: Sam Bryant

Tarka Rail Association:

Thameslink and Great Northern Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2017/Peterborough: Phil Hutchinson

Transpennine Express Twitter Image Facebook Image:

Transport Focus Twitter Image:

  • 2017/Leeds: Jordan Sargeant

Transport for London:


TRANSform Scotland Twitter Image:

  • 2007/Glasgow: Paul Tetlaw

Transport Salaried Staffs' Association Twitter Image Facebook Image:

TravelWatch East Midlands:

  • 2009/Corby: Steve Abbott

UK Rail Leasing:

Vale of Glamorgan Council Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2005/Barry: Cllr Michael Harvey, Emma Harvey

Virgin Trains Twitter Image Facebook Image:

  • 2002/London: Chris Green

Virgin Trains East Coast:

  • 2015/Newark: David Horne


Welsh Assembly Government:

  • 2010/Wrexham: Tim James

Welsh Highland Railway:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Tony Smare

Wensleydale Railway (2 events) Twitter Image:

  • 2009/Northallerton: Ruth Annison
  • 2006/Stoke: Ruth Annison

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Twitter Image:

  • 2015/Bristol: James White

Other organisations are: Adtranz, Borders Rail Campaign, Calderdale Council, Central Rail Users' Consultative Committee, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, East London Line Group, First Great Eastern, First Group, Former BR Operations Manager now transport advisor to Newark Business Club, Government, Great Western Trains, HMRI, Halcrow Transmark, Huddersfield Penistone Sheffield Rail Users Association, Imperial College, London, Leeds-Lancaster-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership (LLMCRP), London Lines, MP for Milton Keynes South, Parliamentary Transport Select Committee member, Melksham rail campaign, National Assembly, North West Public Transport Users' Forum, North West Rail Campaign, Piggyback Consortium, Rail Passenger Council, Rail Passengers Council, Railfuture, Railfuture (and former Managing Director of TfL London Rail), Railfuture Directors, Railfuture Scotland, Railtrack, Railtrack Property, Railway Forum, SRA, Save Our Sleeper, Shadow SRA, South East England Regional Assembly, South West Public Transport Users' Forum, Stagecoach Rail, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Taith, TfL London Rail, Tramlink, Trans Wilts, Transport 2000, Transport Wales, TravelWatch SouthWest, University of Birmingham, WAGN, Wales Transport Research Centre, Wales and West Railway, Welcome to Yorkshire, Wensleydale Rail Association and West Midlands Combined Authority

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


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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.

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