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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

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. Because of the possibility that restrictions might be re-imposed, there will be no national meetings for the remainder of 2021. It is hoped to repeat the successful 'Attracting Passengers Back to Rail' Zoom webinar first staged in October 2020) to assess progress made by the rail industry (and government) and to see whether rail users; views have 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
  • 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 in rows
    • 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 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 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.
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.
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2022/Leeds - RAILFUTURE ANNUAL CONFERENCE [link]

  • Thu 15/09/2022 Turning Point for the Railways
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • 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.
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  • There is no 'Early Bird' discount offer for this conference.


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Past Conferences

The location of Railfuture national conferences vary each year but always with good rail connections. The following is a list of conferences and webinars in recent years.

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.

2019/Darlington [link]

  • Sat 22/06/2019 Rebirth of the Railway

2018/Reading [link]

  • Sat 10/11/2018 Rail driving growth in the Thames Valley
  • Plus presentation of 2018 Rail User Group Awards. Railfuture Vice-President Stewart Palmer will make the RUG Award presentations

2017/Leicester [link]

  • Sat 04/11/2017 Dynamic Triangle: The East Midlands' Crucial Role in National Rail Connectivity
  • Plus presentation of 2017 Rail User Group Awards

2017/Leeds [link]

  • Sat 17/06/2017

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
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • 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 (talked about: Powering the Midlands Engine) Twitter Image
  • Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group (talked about: Challenges in a devolved rail sector, capacity, investment and access issues) Twitter Image
  • Alice Gillman, Communications, Vivarail (talked about: The Class 230 - a new train for a new franchise)
  • Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport (talked about: Priorities for the Railways, a CBT perspective) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • 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

2016/Scottish Borders [link]

  • Sat 18/06/2016

  • Reason for Scottish Borders: Reopening of the Borders Railway
  • Hosted by Railfuture Scotland branch
  • It was held at Scottish Mining Museum
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • David Spaven, Author (talked about: History of the Borders Railway closure and the politics of re-opening)
  • Dr Ann Glen, Author and Lecturer (talked about: Rebuilding the Borders Railway - A record of the workings along the line)
  • Cllr David Parker, Leader, Scottish Borders Council (talked about: Effect of the railway on the Borders economy) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Giles Ingram, Chief Executive, Abbotsford House - home of Sir Walter Scott (talked about: Tourism - Has the railway made a difference?) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Representative, Scottish Mining Museum Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Dr Allen Armstrong, Levenmouth Rail Campaign (talked about: Campaigning in Fife) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jane Ann Liston, St Andrews Railway Campaign (talked about: Campaigning in Fife) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Welcome by Councillor Russell Imrie, chair of South East Scotland Transport Partnership

2015/Bristol [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

  • Sat 07/11/2015 Rail Resurgence in the West of England
  • Plus presentation of 2015 Rail User Group Awards - co-presented by Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar

  • Reason for Bristol: Bristol Metro and other rail expansion in the area
  • Hosted by Railfuture Severnside branch
  • It was held at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read a [Press Release] about the conference.
  • Listen to a [Radio Interview] about the conference.
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Matthew Golton, Bid Director, Great Western Railway (talked about: plans for the franchise Direct Award) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • James White, Transport and Rail Co-ordinator, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (talked about: the MetroWest project) Twitter Image
  • James Freeman, FirstBus (talked about: Bus/Rail integration) Facebook Image
  • John Parry, Parry People Movers (talked about: the intermediate mode - the gap between heavy rail and bus)
  • Peter Wakefield, Chairman, East Anglia branch, Railfuture (talked about: how a consistent voice can drive progress between councils, LEPs etc.)
  • Gerard Duddridge, Chairman, Devon & Cornwall branch, Railfuture (talked about: speed and resilience in the South West)

2015/Newark [link]

  • Sat 20/06/2015 Enhancing capacity in the East Midlands

  • Jointly hosted by Railfuture East Midlands and Lincolnshire branches
  • It was held at Newark Town Hall
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read an [Article] ("Constructive Conference") about the conference.
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • David Horne, Managing Director, Virgin Trains East Coast (talked about: 'The future starts now')
  • Andy Castledine, Head of Operations and Performance, Rail business and development, Stagecoach Rail (talked about: 'Who are we and what do we do?')
  • Graham Botham, Principal Strategic Planner (LNE and EM), Network Rail (talked about: East Coast capacity enhancements) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Roger Blaney, Chairman, Newark and Sherwood District Council (talked about: Castle line enhanced timetable) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Steve Barber, Broxtowe Borough Council (talked about: NET2 Nottingham Tramway Extension) Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • He was awarded Campaigner of the year for his success in gaining government approval for NET2
  • Tom Ingall, Great Central Railway (talked about: 'Bridging the gap' reunification project at Loughborough) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Bob Poynter, Former BR Operations Manager now transport advisor to Newark Business Club (talked about: Increasing rail services and frequencies in Nottinghamshire)
  • Welcome by Councillor Robert and Mrs Rita Crowe, the Mayor and Mayoress of Newark

2014/London [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

  • Sat 01/11/2014 On Track for Success: The Challenges Ahead
  • Plus presentation of 2014 Rail User Group Awards - co-presented by Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar

  • Hosted by Railfuture London and South East branch
  • It was held at University of Westminster
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read a [Press Release] about the conference.
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport Twitter Image
    • Address is via a pre-recorded video for the Railfuture conference on the big screen
  • Karen Boswell, Managing Director, East Coast Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Has just won the prestigious Woman of the Year Award (Hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism)
  • Ian Brown, Director, Railfuture (and former Managing Director of TfL London Rail) (talked about: Annual Big Picture lecture on Crossrail he gave on 29th October)
    • Replaced Fiona Dolman, Network Rail's Head of Capacity Planning, Network Operations
  • Anna Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Sharon Hedges, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus Twitter Image
  • Trevor Birch, Strategic Programme Manager for the South East Future Ticketing Programme, Department for Transport
    • Speaker replaces Jenni Borg, Head of Smart and Integrated Ticketing, who had to withdraw
  • Stefanie Browne, News & Features Writer, RAIL Magazine Twitter Image
  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport & Deputy Chair of Transport for London Twitter Image
    • Will open conference via a pre-recorded video for Railfuture conference
  • Read profiles of the speakers (PDF format)

2014/Cambridge [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

  • Sat 21/06/2014 Rail: The Engine For Change
  • How a successful local economy and good rail service create a virtuous circle

2013/Oxford [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

  • Sat 02/11/2013 Rail Users' Conference
  • Plus presentation of 2013 Rail User Group Awards
  • A short Extraordinary General Meeting was held immediately after Lunch.
  • See www.railfuture.org.uk/EGM2013 for further information

  • Reason for Oxford: East West Rail and Evergreen 3 projects
  • Hosted by Railfuture Thames Valley branch
  • It was held at Oxford Town Hall
  • CONFERENCE AND EGM MATERIALS:

  • Read a [Press Release] about the conference and EGM.
  • CONFERENCE AND EGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Christian Wolmar, Railfuture Honorary President, Conference Chairman Twitter Image
  • Stephen Barker, Chief Project Engineer, Chiltern Railways (talked about: Oxford-Marylebone 'Evergreen 3' scheme) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Lord Faulkner, Co-author of Holding the Line: How Britain's Railways Were Saved (talked about: his book and about the Cotswold Line Promotion Group of which he is President)
  • Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group (talked about: Rail freight and the politics of rail, incl. HS2 issues) Twitter Image
  • Chris Aldridge, Principal Strategic Planner, Network Rail (talked about: Looking forward 20 years on the Western Region) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Martin Tugwell, Deputy Director (Strategy and Infrastructure Planning), Oxfordshire County Council (talked about: Rail Revival in Oxfordshire and local best practice by the County Council) Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Stood in for Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader
  • Patrick O'Sullivan, Project Manager, East West Rail Consortium (talked about: Ongoing developments on East West Rail) Twitter Image
  • Welcome by the Lord Mayor of Oxford

2013/Taunton [link]

2012/Birmingham [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

2012/Stirling [link]

  • Reason for Stirling: Stirling-Alloa and Airdrie-Bathgate reopenings
  • Hosted by Railfuture Scotland branch
  • It was held at The Golden Lion Hotel
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read a [Press Release] about the conference.
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Geoff Cook, Scheme Sponsor of EGIP, Network Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jackie McGuire (talked about: Stirling-Alloa Reopening)
  • Dr Ann Glen, Author and Lecturer (talked about: Airdrie-Bathgate)
  • David Spaven and Bill Jamieson, Borders Rail Campaign
  • Ken Sutherland, Railfuture (talked about: Current campaigning by Railfuture Scotland)
  • Trevor Garrod, Chairman, European Passengers' Federation (talked about: European Transport Policy - What it means for us)

2011/Manchester [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

2011/Bletchley [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

  • It was held at Bletchley Park
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Prof. Andrew McNaughton, Speaking personally, HS2 Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Lizzy Williams
  • Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jonathan Tyler, Passenger Transport Networks
  • Graham Nalty, Railfuture

2010/London [link]

2010/Taunton [link]

2009/Corby [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

2009/Northallerton [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

2008/London [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

2008/Salisbury [link]

  • It was held at Guildhall
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Philip Dominey, Stakeholder Relations Manager, South West Trains Twitter Image
  • Peter Murnaghan, Hampshire County Council
  • Graham Ellis, Trans Wilts
  • Peter Rayner
  • Bruce Williamson, Media Spokesman, Railfuture

2007/Ely [link]

2007/Glasgow [link]

  • Sat 23/06/2007

  • Hosted by Railfuture Scotland branch
  • It was held at Renfield St Stephen
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Cllr Alistair Watson, Chairman, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
  • Paul Tetlaw, Chairman, TRANSform Scotland (talked about: The Role of the Campaigners) Twitter Image
  • Howard Pack, Corus

2006/Reading [link]

  • Sat 04/11/2006
  • There were workshop sessions on 'Getting the authorities on your side', 'High-speed rail', 'Social inclusion and the urban railway' and 'Electrifying Britain's railways'

  • It was held at South Street Arts Centre
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Stephen Hammond MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, Conservative Party (talked about: New thinking on railways and transport from the Conservative Party) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Martin Tugwell, Planning Implementation Director, South East England Regional Assembly (talked about: Rail for the booming South East)
  • Reg Harman (talked about: Rail's electrifying future)
  • Ruth Leuillette, Transport Planning Manager, Reading Borough Council (talked about: Reading station: On the verge of transformation) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Chris Irwin, TravelWatch SouthWest (talked about: Rail users must be heard)

2006/Stoke [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

2005/Manchester [link]

  • Sat 05/11/2005

  • Hosted by Railfuture North West branch
  • It was held at Mechanics Centre
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Brian Simpson, Director, North West Rail Campaign
  • Brendan O'Friel, Chairman, North West Public Transport Users' Forum
  • John Mooney, Passenger Link Director, Rail Passengers Council
  • Toby Young
  • Neil Buxton, Association of Community Rail Partnerships Facebook Image

2005/Barry [link] - [View / Download Conference Report]

  • Sat 02/07/2005 Reopenings Conference

  • Reason for Barry: Barry-Bridgend reopening
  • Hosted by Railfuture Cymru/Wales branch
  • It was held at Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry, South Wales
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Cllr Michael Harvey, Cabinet Member Regeneration, Vale of Glamorgan Council Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Robin Shaw, Chief Executive, Transport Wales
  • Emma Harvey, Operational Manager, Planning & Transportation Policy, Vale of Glamorgan Council Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • David White, Project Manager, Network Rail Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Steve Hodgetts, Head of Business Development, Cardiff International Airport Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Professor Stuart Cole, Wales Transport Research Centre
  • Malcolm Howitt, Stakeholder Liaison Manager, Arriva Trains Wales Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jane Hutt, Member for the Vale of Glamorgan, National Assembly

2004/Birmingham [link]

2003/London [link]

  • It was held at Hamilton House
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Chris Austin, Executive Director for Community Rail Development, SRA
  • Theo Steel, Managing Director, First Great Eastern
  • Paul Salveson, Association of Community Rail Partnerships Facebook Image

2003/Birmingham [link]

  • Sat 26/04/2003 High-Speed Rail

  • It was held at Birmingham City Council
  • Railfuture is grateful for sponsorship from Birmingham City Council
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read an [Article] ("High-speed-rail") about the conference.
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Roderick Smith, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London (talked about: Lessons from Japan: The Case for a UK High-Speed Rail Network)
  • Mike Bennett (talked about: High-Speed European Railways - A glimpse of the future)
  • John Stewart, Transport 2000 (talked about: Clearing the Skies and Preserving the Fields - The case for High-Speed Rail to replace Short Haul Flights)
  • Graham Nalty and Norman Bradbury, Railfuture (talked about: Saving the Roads from Gridlock - High-Speed Rail as a viable alternative to Motorways)
  • Alderman Don Lewis (talked about: Opportunities for High-Speed Rail)

2002/London [link]

  • It was held at Scientific Societies Lecture Theatre
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Chris Green, Chief Executive, Virgin Trains Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Steve Thompson, Director of Consumer Development, London Lines
  • Anthony Smith, National Director, Rail Passenger Council
  • There were also four concurrent workshops - on rail user groups, marketing, business cases and cycling. BBC News 24 covered the conference

2002/Derby [link]

  • Sat 25/05/2002 11th Rail Reopenings Conference

  • It was held at The Waterfall Centre
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Christian Wolmar
  • Jonathan Hall, Rail Officer, Nottinghamshire County Council (talked about: How the Robin Hood line was reopened) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Malcolm Parker (talked about: History behind plans for rail reopenings in Wales)

2001/London [link]

  • Sat 06/10/2001 Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at Scientific Societies Lecture Theatre
  • Railfuture is grateful for sponsorship from Chiltern Railways Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Adrian Shooter, Managing Director, Chiltern Railways Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jennie Jones, Transport spokesman at the Greater London Authority, Green Party Twitter Image Facebook Image

2001/Poole [link]

  • Rail Reopenings Conference - No further details available

2000/London [link]

  • Sat 07/10/2000 Rail Users' Conference

  • Railfuture is grateful for sponsorship from Anglia Railways
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Stewart Francis, Chairman, Rail Passengers Council (talked about: Service delivery beyond keeping to the timetable - increasing train cancellations, delays and overcrowding)
  • Chris Austin, External Relations Director, SRA (talked about: Increasing demand for rail services - over the past five years passenger usage had increased by 30% and freight tonne-miles by 40%)
  • Jonathan Denby, Corporate Affairs Manager, Anglia Railways (talked about: Improving customer service, innovation, partnership, and developing a better railway)

1999/Colchester [link]

  • Wed 22/09/1999 Stansted Airport - A Public Transport Hub for the East
  • A weekday event for decision makers and opinion formers

  • It was held at Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Managers, Railtrack
  • Managers, Train Operators
  • MPs
  • Representatives, Voluntary Sector

1999/Walsall [link]

  • Sat 26/06/1999 Rail Reopenings - 'Reo 99'

  • It was held at St Paul's Crossing Conference Centre, Walsall
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Mike Grant, Chief Executive Designate, Shadow SRA
  • Stuart Davies, Halcrow Transmark (talked about: Feasibility and Cost Benefit Studies)

1998/London [link]

  • Sat 26/09/1998 20th Rail Users' Conference

1998/Cambridge [link]

  • Sat 20/06/1998 7th Rail Reopenings Conference

1997/London [link]

  • Sat 27/09/1997 19th Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at Societies Lecture Theatre
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • David Bertram, Chairman, Central Rail Users' Consultative Committee
  • Allan Dare, Adtranz

1997/Halifax [link]

  • Sat 28/06/1997 6th Rail Reopenings Conference

  • It was held at White Swan Hotel
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Cllr Marion Kershaw, Calderdale Council
  • Bob Hill, Director, Railtrack Property
  • Ruth Annison, Wensleydale Rail Association

1996/London [link]

  • It was held at Camden Centre
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

  • Read an [Article] ("The Great Western way") about the conference.
  • Read an [Article] ("Europe sets the transport policy pace") about the conference.
  • CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Brian Scott, Managing Director, Great Western Trains
  • Professor Janice Morphet

1996/Bicester [link]

    CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Dick Helling, Public Transport Officer, Oxfordshire County Council Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Jim Steer, Steer Davies Gleave Twitter Image
  • Councillor Les Sibley, Deputy Mayor of Bicester, welcomed attendees to Bicester

1995/London [link]

  • 17th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1995/Bathgate [link]

  • 4th Rail Reopenings Conference - No further details available

1994/London [link]

  • 16th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1994/Clitheroe [link]

  • 3rd Rail Reopenings Conference - No further details available

1993/London [link]

  • 15th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1993/Maesteg [link]

  • 2nd Rail Reopenings Conference - No further details available

1992/London [link]

  • 14th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1992/Nottingham [link]

  • 1st Rail Reopenings Conference - No further details available

1991/Birmingham [link]

  • Sat 02/11/1991 13th Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at Dr Johnson House
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Brian Simpson MEP

1990/London [link]

  • 12th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1989/London [link]

  • 11th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1988/London [link]

  • Sat 22/10/1988 10th Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at University College London
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Gordon Pettitt, General Manager, Southern Region, British Rail
  • Simon Coventry, Marketing Manager, British Rail Engineering Ltd
  • James Towler, Ex-chair West Yorkshire, TUCC

1987/London [link]

  • 9th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1986/London [link]

  • Sat 15/11/1986 8th Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at University College London
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Chris Green, Director of Network South East, British Rail

1984/London [link]

  • Sat 24/03/1984 6th Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at University College London
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • David Mitchell MP (talked about: The Railways - Post Election, Post Serpell)

1983/London [link]

  • 5th Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1982/London [link]

  • Sat 27/03/1982 4th Rail Users' Conference

    CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Ray Buckton, General Secretary, ASLEF

1981/London [link]

  • 3rd Rail Users' Conference - No further details available

1980/Peterborough [link]

  • Sat 06/12/1980 Reopenings Conference

1980/Derby [link]

  • Sat 25/10/1980 2nd Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at Queen's Hall Methodist Mission
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

1980/London [link]

  • Sat 29/03/1980 1st Rail Users' Conference

  • It was held at Friends House
  • CONFERENCE MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

 


Past AGMs

Railfuture holds an Annual General Meeting each year.

Like the conferences, the locations vary each year - always with good rail connections - and are open to Railfuture members.

2021/Birmingham [link]

  • Sat 17/07/2021 16th Railfuture Ltd AGM
  • This was 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 had expired]. There was no AGM in 2020

  • Hosted by Railfuture West Midlands branch
  • It was held at The Priory Rooms
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Malcolm Holmes, Executive Director, West Midlands Rail Executive Twitter Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Sarah Spink, Strategic Partnerships Lead, Midlands Connect Twitter Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Sarah Spink replaced Karen Heppenstall. At the start there was a video specially recorded for Railfuture AGM by Andy Street, Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Election results for the Board of Directors were announced - click HERE to see results

2020/Birmingham [link]

  • Sat 27/06/2020 — This event was cancelled [reason]

2019/Cardiff [link]

  • Sat 18/05/2019 15th Railfuture Ltd AGM

2018/Edinburgh [link]

  • Sat 12/05/2018 14th Railfuture Ltd AGM

  • Hosted by Railfuture Scotland branch
  • It was held at Holyrood Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance (talked about: The Scotrail Franchise - 4 years On) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • John Finnie MSP, Cross Party Group on Rail in the Scottish Parliament, Green Party (talked about: Benefits of devolution of rail to Scotland) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Fraser McDonald and Norman McNab, Friends of the West Highland Lines Facebook Image
  • The Depute Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Joan Griffiths, will formally open the AGM
  • Election results for the Board of Directors were announced - click HERE to see results

2017/Peterborough [link]

  • Sat 20/05/2017 13th RDS Ltd AGM

  • Reason for Peterborough: Thameslink Programme and Greater Anglia franchise
  • Hosted by Railfuture East Anglia branch
  • It was held at Peterborough Central Library
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Jamie Burles, Managing Director, Greater Anglia Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Phil Hutchinson, Head of Timetable Development, Thameslink and Great Northern Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough formally opened the AGM
  • Election results for the Board of Directors were announced - click HERE to see results

2016/Milton Keynes [link]

  • Reason for Milton Keynes: East West Rail
  • Hosted by Railfuture Thames Valley branch
  • It was held at Jurys Inn Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, Parliamentary Transport Select Committee member (talked about: East West Rail) Twitter Image
  • Allison Cosgrove, Chair, Railfuture Scotland (talked about: Reopening of the Borders Railway in Scotland)
  • Welcome by the Worshipful the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Steve Coventry
  • Election results for the Board of Directors were announced - click HERE to see results

2015/Blackpool [link]

  • Sat 16/05/2015 11th RDS Ltd AGM

  • Reason for Blackpool: Electrification and tram expansion
  • Hosted by Railfuture North West branch
  • It was held at Savoy Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

  • Read the [Meeting Minutes] from the AGM.
  • AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Stephen McFarlane, Head of Community and Stakeholder Engagement, HS2 Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Welcome by the Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Val Haynes and the Consort Alan Haynes
  • Election results for the Board of Directors were announced - click HERE to see results

2014/Sheffield [link]

  • Hosted by Railfuture Yorkshire branch
  • It was held at Quaker Meeting House
  • AGM MATERIALS:

  • Read a [Press Release] about the AGM.
  • Read the [Meeting Minutes] from the AGM.
  • AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Transport Secretary and MP for Wakefield, Labour Party Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Peter Marshall, Chairman, Huddersfield Penistone Sheffield Rail Users Association
  • Chris Bell, Chairman, Don Valley Railway Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Welcome by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Vickie Priestley. Christian Wolmar then gave some thoughts on the current rail scene
  • Election results for the Board of Directors were announced - click HERE to see results

2013/Durham [link]

2012/Worcester [link]

  • Sat 12/05/2012 8th RDS Ltd AGM

2011/Brighton [link]

2010/Wrexham [link]

  • Sat 08/05/2010 6th RDS Ltd AGM

  • Hosted by Railfuture Cymru/Wales branch
  • It was held at Wrexham Football Club
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Tim James, Head of Rail Transport, Welsh Assembly Government
  • Ben Jones, Stakeholder Liaison Manager, Arriva Trains Wales Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Michael Whittaker, Chief Executive, Taith

2009/Leeds [link]

  • It was held at Oxford Place Methodist Centre
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • David Mallender, Public Relations Manager, First Transpennine Express Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Ted Gibbins

2008/Coventry [link]

2007/Preston [link]

  • Sat 12/05/2007 3rd RDS Ltd AGM

  • Hosted by Railfuture North West branch
  • It was held at Lancashire County Council
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

2006/Swindon [link]

  • Sat 06/05/2006 2nd RDS Ltd AGM

  • It was held at STEAM
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Chris Irwin, Chairman, South West Public Transport Users' Forum (talked about: Fighting the Passengers' Corner)
  • Glenda Lamont, First Great Western Twitter Image Facebook Image

2005/Peterborough [link]

  • Sat 07/05/2005 1st RDS Ltd AGM

  • Hosted by Railfuture East Anglia branch
  • It was held at Bull Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Tim Phillips, Chairman, CAST.IRON (talked about: Reopening the Cambridge to St. Ives Railway line)
  • James Adeshiyan, WAGN

2004/Newcastle [link]

  • Sat 08/05/2004 Twenty-Sixth (and final) RDS AGM

  • It was held at Quality Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Jim Morgan, First Group

2003/Cardiff [link]

  • Sat 31/05/2003 Twenty-Fifth RDS AGM

2002/Nottingham [link]

  • Sat 27/04/2002 Twenty-Fourth RDS AGM

  • Reason for Nottingham: Nottingham Tram construction
  • It was held at Nottingham Trent University
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Colin Lee, Communications Officer, Nottingham Express Transit
  • The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Des Wilson, welcomed the society to the city; incl. site visit of construction of Nottingham Express Transit

2001/Liverpool [link]

  • Sat 05/05/2001 Twenty-Third RDS AGM

  • It was held at The Adelphi Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General, Merseytravel
  • The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Edwin Clein welcomed Railfuture members

2000/Croydon [link]

  • Twenty-Second RDS AGM - No further details available

1999/York [link]

  • Sat 01/05/1999 Twenty-First RDS AGM

1998/Shrewsbury [link]

  • Sat 02/05/1998 Twentieth RDS AGM

  • It was held at Gateway Centre
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • David Weir, Managing Director, Wales and West Railway
  • Members were welcomed by the Mayor, Councillor Peter Dunham

1997/Norwich [link]

  • It was held at Maids Head Hotel
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Piggyback Consortium
  • Attendees were welcomed to the city by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Rory Quinn

1996/Mansfield [link]

  • Eighteenth RDS AGM - No further details available

1995/Exeter [link]

  • Seventeenth RDS AGM - No further details available

1994/Lincoln [link]

  • Sixteenth RDS AGM - No further details available

1993/Ashford [link]

  • Fifteenth RDS AGM - No further details available

1992/Birmingham [link]

  • Fourteenth RDS AGM - No further details available

1991/Edinburgh [link]

  • Sat 04/05/1991 Thirteenth RDS AGM

    AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • Tim Hansford, Railfreight Distribution Director, British Rail

1990/Manchester [link]

  • Twelth RDS AGM - No further details available

1989/Southampton [link]

  • Eleventh RDS AGM - No further details available

1988/Leicester [link]

  • Tenth RDS AGM - No further details available

1987/Newcastle [link]

  • Sat 25/04/1987 Ninth RDS AGM

    AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

    AGM SPEAKERS (AND THEIR PRESENTATIONS):

  • John Baggs, General Manager, Metro, Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive

1986/Cardiff [link]

  • Sat 19/04/1986 Eighth RDS AGM

1985/Wakefield [link]

  • Sat 20/04/1985 Seventh RDS AGM

  • It was held at Unity Hall
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

1984/Ely [link]

  • Sat 28/04/1984 Sixth RDS AGM

  • It was held at The Maltings
  • AGM MATERIALS:

    Nothing is available

1983/Crewe [link]

  • Fifth RDS AGM - No further details available

1982/Reading [link]

  • Sat 24/04/1982 Fourth RDS AGM

1981/Sheffield [link]

  • Sat 25/04/1981 Third RDS AGM

1980/Bristol [link]

  • Sat 26/04/1980 Second RDS AGM

1979/Peterborough [link]

  • Sat 05/05/1979 First RDS AGM

 


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