AreaThe regional branch covers London and most of the Home Counties:
Bedfordshire (now Luton, Bedford, and Central Bedfordshire unitary authorities), south Essex (including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock unitary authorities), Hertfordshire, Kent (including Medway unitary authority), Surrey, East and West Sussex (other than south-west Sussex, which is overseen by Wessex branch) City of Brighton & Hove unitary authority, and Greater London.
Because of its size, the regional branch also has several local, largely county-based, divisions.
Local DivisionsJust click on the green links, here and below, for further information:-
- Eastern - south Essex and north-east & east London
- Kent - including south-east London
- London Metro - TfL zonal area plus Mayor's 'rail boundary'.
- Herts and Beds - Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
- Surrey - including south-west London
- Sussex and Coastway - East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, West Sussex, and South Downs National Park
Also, our NEW monthly branch e-newsletter inter-railse - No.1 July 2018. Email roger.blake at railfuture.org.uk to subscribe.
See too details of our local Branch Twitter feed.
- Uckfield - Lewes re-instate missing link to 'Bridge the gap' for through services via Lewes to Brighton and Sussex coast towns
- Marshlink improved services, including quicker connections at Ashford International with HS1 services, connection with HS1 at Ashford International for cross-platform connections with London-bound HS1 services, and route upgrade including line-speed increases, extended Rye passing loop, and then through high-speed services between St. Pancras International and Rye, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, and Eastbourne.
- A new Thameslink 2 metro route between East Croydon, Docklands and North London via tunnel between East Croydon and Addiscombe, the Hayes branch, and tunnel between Lewisham, Canary Wharf and Stratford, connecting to the West Anglia, Great Eastern, and North London lines.
Click Rail investment planning for information on Network Rail, the ORR and the DfT planning and funding a bigger better railway.
Current consultations~ DEFRA's Air Quality: draft Clean Air Strategy. Closes 14 August.
~ DfT's Cross Country franchise. Closes 30 August.
~ ORR's Draft determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plans for 2019-24 (Control Period 6). Closes 31 August.
~ London Assembly's Transport Committee investigation: Who will pay for the TfL of the future? Closes 31 August.
~ House of Commons Transport Committee Inquiry: Rail timetable changes. Also respond via Twitter. Closes 5 September.
~ Network Rail's application for Transport & Works Act Order for Western section phase 2 of East-West Rail - Bicester/Aylesbury-Bletchley-Bedford. More info: EWR. Period for objections, representations and letters of support closes 7 September.
~ Rail Delivery Group's Easier fares. Closes 10 September.
~ Wealden District Council's Local Plan. Closes 8 October.
Comments, responding to the consultation questions asked, to Branch Vice-Chairman roger.blake at railfuture.org.uk
View or download our responses to recent and previous consultations in Consultation responses.
Events and Rail datesRailfuture and other regional and national events, including conferences, and key campaign dates.
The 2018 AGM was held on Saturday 28 April 2018. Our venue was Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AU. It's a short walk south from Old Street station, and is also well-served by bus routes. The open morning meeting had a Light Rail theme and included speakers on a Lower Thames Crossing KenEx Thames Transit (view the presentation here), on Cambridge Connect, and from UK Tram (view the presentation here). Now view or download the Agenda, and all reports for 2017.
Nominations for Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and up to six other members of the branch committee closed; nomination forms, returnable by Saturday 20th January 2018 as instructed on the form, viewable here and downloadable here (420kb). There was no need for a ballot this year and the successful nominations were announced in the March branch newsletter.
Branch Standing Orders can be viewed here, or downloaded here (626Kb).
The 2017 AGM was held on Saturday 29 April. View or download (908Kb) the Agenda, and all reports for 2016.
It was preceded by an open meeting for members and guests, with guest speakers from Heathrow Southern Railway (view the presentation here) and Windsor Link Railway (view the presentation here), and a presentation from Network Rail on Western Rail Access to Heathrow.
Venue: University of Westminster's Cavendish campus, 115 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6UW.
The 2016 Branch AGM was held in central London on 23 April 2016, again at the University of London's International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AS, a short walk from Russell Square station.
In anticipation of elections on 5 May for a new Mayor of London, and for seats on the Greater London Assembly, we published a Rail Manifesto for London.
The 2015 AGM was held on 25 April at the University of London's International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AS.
Our morning session featured the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies and due to report on its recommendations later in summer 2015, and the three short-listed options for expanding capacity at either Heathrow (two options) or Gatwick. Our guest speakers were:
Simon Earles, Head of Surface Access Strategy for Heathrow Airport,
Steven Costello, Director for Heathrow Hub Ltd, and
Hugh Sumner, Senior Transport Advisor for Gatwick Airport.
The 2014 AGM was held on 26 April 2014. It was preceded by an open morning meeting on the themes of the value of heritage lines to their localities and developing links between heritage lines and the classic network. Speakers were Railfuture member Chris Austin OBE Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail which in July 2013 published a report 'the Value of Heritage Railways', and Graham Baldwin General Manager of Kent & East Sussex Railway celebrating their 40th anniversary. The Annual General Meeting followed after lunch.
The 2013 AGM was held on 20 April 2013. The morning branch members' meeting heard speakers David Blackall, Deputy Director, Thameslink Programme, DfT; Andrew Hutton, Lead Development Manager, London Bridge station, Network Rail; Councillor Mark Gettleson, Southwark Council. The Annual General Meeting followed after lunch.
Other organisations' listings of local events, generally open to non-members and free, include The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS).
- Abbey Line CRP - 2nd prize in 2017 Community Rail Awards
- Bedford - St. Albans CRP - NEW!
- Essex & South Suffolk CRP - three lines in our regional branch area
- Kent CRP - 1st and 2nd prizes in 2017 Community Rail Awards - view press release.
- Marston Vale CRP
- Sussex CRP - now seven lines in our regional branch area
- West Anglia CRP - 1st prize in 2017 Community Rail Awards - view press release.
- Bluebell Railway into East Grinstead since March 2013
- Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway at Princes Risborough from 15 August 2018
- East Kent Railway at Shepherdswell
- Epping Ongar Railway at Epping
- Rother Valley Railway at Robertsbridge with link under construction to join Kent & East Sussex Railway at Bodiam
- Lavender Line on a future reopened mainline between Uckfield and Lewes!
- Mid-Hants Railway The Watercress Line at Alton
- Spa Valley Railway at Eridge since March 2011
Train Operating Company liaison - Railfuture representativesLondon & South East operators:
- Chiltern Railways
- Docklands Light Railway
- Gatwick Express (see GTR)
- Govia Thameslink Railway
- Great Northern (see GTR)
- Great Western Railway
- Greater Anglia
- Heathrow Connect (see TfL Rail)
- Heathrow Express (see GWR)
- London Northwestern Railway (see WMT)
- London Overground
- London Trams
- London Underground
- Southern (see GTR)
- South Western Railway
- Thameslink (see GTR)
- TfL Rail
- West Midlands Trains
- East Midlands Trains
- London North Eastern Railway
- Virgin Trains (West Coast)
Passenger representative groups
- London TravelWatch 'the voice of London's transport users' whose geographical remit extends beyond the GLA boundary - see map of LTW area
- Transport Focus 'putting passengers first'
- Branch Chairman: Keith Dyall
- Branch Vice-Chairman: roger.blake at railfuture.org.uk
- Branch newsletter railse editorial group: londonandsoutheast at railfuture.org.uk
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