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Events

The list below includes free or low-price events for volunteers such as Railfuture members, as well as expensive conferences organised by professionals. Inclusion in the list does not imply that Railfuture endorses the event.

We have also included information about official consultations, franchising dates, and service alterations for some railway improvement projects. It is not an exhaustive list.

More details about Railfuture's own conferences are here: Railfuture conferences

2017


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See latest Rail Franchise Schedule, July 2017.
South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to the short-listed bidders. See also Prospectus.

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Major improvement works in 2017. Why do it at weekends and over bank holidays? Mind how you go, or you'll NOT enjoy your 'trip': watch THIS!
until Chistmas, PLAN AHEAD for the festive season.

23 September-29 October - Cardiff-Newport services suspended or reduced. More info: Cardiff-Newport - 2. And a REMINDER. See too ATW
21-24 October - Train service alterations with replacement road transport on Lincoln-Peterborough line.
21-30 October - Train service alterations between Norwich and Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft during signalling upgrade works.
until autumn 2017 - Great North Rail Project: Manchester - with October update.
until autumn 2017 - works at Filton Abbey Wood station affecting access between car park and platforms.
until Sunday 5 November - overnight works Mondays-Thursdays on Southend Victoria line to improve overhead wires. More info: Southend update, and now the good news! followed by more new wires installed - VIDEO.
until Sunday 12 November - London Waterloo amended services most weekends.
until December 2017 - works to install new step-free footbridge at West Calder station.
21 October until December 2017 - overhead wire renewal and other works at London end of Great Eastern Main Line.
until early-2018 - Edinburgh Waverley has fewer platforms while three extended and charities are kept in the picture.
11 November-28 January 2018 - Great North Rail Project: Preston and both Blackpool stations - train services suspended, road transport substitutes. The Countdown has begun.
11 November-25 March 2018 - train service alterations during Preston-Blackpool upgrade works. The Countdown has begun.
18 November 2017 to 14 January 2018 - Gospel Oak-Barking London Overground services suspended.
29 January-25 March 2018 - Great North Rail Project continues between Blackpool North and Kirkham and Wesham with train service suspended, road transport substitutes.
22 July 2018 to 7 October 2018 - Derby station track and signalling enhancements go-ahead, and Derby resignalling project.

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~ ORR issued February 2017 advice to DfT on HLOS and SoFA for Control Period 6 2019-24 (CP6).
~ ORR issued February 2017 guidance to Network Rail on strategic business plans (SBPs) company will produce for CP6 in December 2017.
~ Rail Delivery Group published Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to Scottish government and ORR.
~ ORR published April 2017 advice to Transport Scotland on maintenance and renewals expenditure in CP6.
~ ORR published June 2017 conclusions notes on working papers on the outputs framework (WP4) and a close-out report on the enhancements framework (WP5).
~ ORR updates guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans, following the July 2017 HLOS, and October 2017 final SoFA (if necessary).
~ ORR published July 2017 letters to DfT and to Transport Scotland outlining next steps on the HLOS and SoFA process.
~ DfT published July 2017 Guidance to the ORR.
~ ORR issued July 2017 consultation on overall framework for regulating Network Rail - closed 21 September.
~ ORR issued July 2017 Supplementary guidance on Network Rail’s strategic business plan and planning assumptions for England & Wales for CP6.
~ ORR publishes consultation relating to charges and contractual incentives, closing 30 November, following June's conclusions from December 2016's consultation.
~ DfT published final SoFA for CP6 2019-24; Network Rail's response.
~ ORR due to publish in October an update document following the January 2017 consultation on the financial framework for PR18.
~ More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017 and Network Rail responses to PR18.

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23 September-29 October 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Reduced services between Cardiff and Newport for electrification works. More info: Cardiff-Newport - 1 and Cardiff-Newport - 2. And a REMINDER. See ATW

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2 October-24 December. Plan ahead for Christmas and New Year.

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21-24 October - Train service alterations with replacement road transport on Lincoln-Peterborough line.

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21-29 October 2017. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events.
See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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21-29 October 2017. Saturday to Sunday. Life-saving interventions, in the North West and West Midlands, in the Thames Valley, across East Anglia, in the South West and the South East, and in Wales.
Trespass warning issued to children for holidays, advice to parents about children's safe use of level crossings, WARNING to parents after crossing abuse, kids identify risks VIDEO, and winner of nationwide schools poster competition is a 9-year-old. Watch the South East VIDEO, the Anglia VIDEO, or the Manchester VIDEO. See new mobile warning systems in Scotland. It's just not cool to be a near Miss, and this guy's on a roll - but not in a good way: VIDEO. Nine times "YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!" Even a Sussex school minibus driver sets a bad example, while an Essex schoolgirl draws up a safety lesson, yet Hertfordshire school children dance with death danger.
One more safer level crossing, another upgraded, one has had gates repaired after vehicle damage, one has new barriers while another has new warning systems, and another has safety proposals revised, but one has had to be closed temporarily after safety measures were ignored, and another had to be CLOSED after a near-miss but has now re-opened, under caution. In Wales, two new bridges enable eight level crossings to be closed. On Brighton Main Line, footbridge to replace footpath level crossing. In Scotland, a new footbridge replaces a level crossing, and after a fatality an open crossing becomes a half-barrier crossing, for eventual replacement by a bridge. In North Yorkshire a farm crossing is closed after a fatality so be S.A.F.E.R. especially on user-worked crossings. Watch Anguish in Angmering VIDEO. By George, Formby! Losing your Fisherman's friend? Safety improvements on A897 to Forsinard level crossing.
And finally, if you're travelling with luggage you will NOT want to 'enjoy your trip' this way! Watch the VIDEO.

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21-30 October 2017. Saturday-Monday. Train service alterations between Norwich and Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft during signalling upgrade works. More info: Norwich

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23 October 2017. Monday. Ensuring the Relevance of Rail in a Changing Environment. Guest speaker: Richard McClean - Chairman IMechE Railway Division and Managing Director, Grand Central Rail. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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23 October 2017. Monday. Mail Rail - The London Post Office Railway. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the Postal Museum. Venue: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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23 October 2017. Monday. Railways Remembered film show at Kettering Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering. Theme: British Railways and nationalised transport. 19.30. Introduced and narrated by Rob Foxon. Archive films of nationalised transport from 1948 including British Railways, British Road Services and British Waterways. Tickets on the door £7. More info: Tel 0116 289 0531.

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23 October 2017. Monday. Paddington station 24/7. TV documentary, part 7 of 8. 21.00. More info: Behind the scenes, Channel 5, 1 million viewers, Fire! A 4-hour repair, 175th anniversary of first ever rail journey made by a monarch, In the hot seat, and TONIGHT: Race against the clock.

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24 October 2017. Tuesday. Public information drop-in event for Stone and Wedgwood residents about lineside vegetation management work. Venue: Stone Station Community Centre (station building) Station Approach, Stone. 16.00-19.00. More info: Lineside works.

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24 October 2017. Tuesday. Public information drop-in event for Preston and Blackpool residents and line passengers about electrification work. Venue: St Walburges Church Hall, Weston St, Preston PR2 2QE. 16.00-19.00. More info: Preston-Blackpool.

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24 October 2017. Tuesday. Public information drop-in event for Bridge of Allan residents about route electrification. Venue: Allan Community Centre (PE Room), Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 9AT. 16.00-19.00. More info: Stirling work

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24 October 2017. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Engineering Crossrail - the signalling challenge. Venue: University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. More info: IET

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24 October 2017. Tuesday. Chesham and District Transport Users Group. Chesham Town Hall. 19.30. CDTUG

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25 October 2017. Wednesday. Copy date for December 2018 issue no.154. Email news, articles, letters, photos to editor at railwatch.org.uk

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25 October 2017. Wednesday. Ensuring the Relevance of Rail in a Changing Environment. Guest speaker: Richard McClean - Chairman IMechE Railway Division and Managing Director, Grand Central Rail. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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26 October 2017. Thursday. Delivering the City Deal and developing the Swansea Bay City Region. Venue: Central Swansea. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfW

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26 October 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Manchester & Liverpool section. Very light rail. Speaker: Dave Parry. Venue: Room 7/8. Network Rail Offices, Square One, 4 Travis Street, Manchester, M1 2NY. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.30. More info: PWI

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26 October 2017. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology debate on The Northern Powerhouse. Venue: Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1HG. 18.15 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More info: IET

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28-29 October 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Great North Rail Project works mean services suspended at Huddersfield and Dewsbury. More info: Huddersfield/Dewsbury

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28 October 2017. Saturday. Cardiff service alterations.

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28 October 2017. Saturday. Railfuture Finance and IT Group meeting. Email: finance at railfuture.org.uk

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28 October 2017. Saturday. Shadow rail minister Rachel Maskell (Labour MP for York Central) at Railfuture Yorkshire branch meeting. Venue: York Library, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS. 13.00-16.00. More info: RfY

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30 October 2017. Monday. Public information drop-in event for Preston and Blackpool residents and line passengers about electrification work. Venue: Blackpool North station, Talbot Road, Blackpool, FY1 2AB. 14.00-18.00. More info: Preston-Blackpool.

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30 October 2017. Monday. Railfuture's Honorary President Christian Wolmar launches his latest book Railways and the Raj - how the age of steam transformed India. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW. 18.30-20.00. Book via sophiewalker at atlantic-books.co.uk

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30 October 2017. Monday. Talk chaired by Railfuture Vice-President Lord Andrew Adonis, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. Simon Jenkins: Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations. Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. 19.00-20.30. More info: BL. View youtube

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30 October 2017. Monday. Paddington station 24/7. TV documentary, part 8 of 8. 21.00. More info: Behind the scenes, Channel 5, 1 million viewers, Fire! a 4-hour repair, 175th anniversary of first ever rail journey made by a monarch, and In the hot seat.

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31 October 2017. Tuesday. Email late news for December 2018 issue no.154 to editor at railwatch.org.uk

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31 October 2017. Tuesday. Intelligent Transport conference at QE2 Centre, London. More info: ITC

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31 October 2017. Tuesday. CfBT London meeting. 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT London

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31 October 2017. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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31 October 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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West Coast Partnership new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to the short-listed bidders.

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1 November 2017. Wednesday. 1st annual Compulsory Purchase for Major Infrastructure Projects conference. Venue: Burges Salmon, 6 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF. 08.45-16.10. More info: WF; also CILT

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1 November 2017. Wednesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology lecture: Women in Engineering - 9% is not enough! – What we can all do to improve it?. Venue: University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NT. 17.45 for 18.00 start, to 19.00. More info: IET

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1 November 2017. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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2 November 2017. Thursday. 1st annual Rail Network Resilience. Venue: Arup, 8 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ. 08.30-16.00. More info: WF

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2 November 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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2 November 2017. Thursday. Rail Politics and Policies. Guest speaker: Lord Faulkner. Venue: Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University Drake Circus, Plymouth. 18.00 for 18.45 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT
Buy his books co-authored with Chris Austin Holding the line and Disconnected at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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2 November 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Edinburgh section. Dover Shakespeare Seawall Reinstatement Works. Speaker: Alan Ross, DRAM, Network Rail. Venue: Upstairs Function Room, The Scots Guards Club, 2 Clifton Terrace, Opposite Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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3 November 2017. Friday. Movers and Shakers in Transport for the West Midlands. Guest speaker: Adam Harrison, Principal Strategy Officer, West Midlands Combined Authority. Venue: Atkins, 10th floor, The Axis, 10 Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1TF. 08.00 for 08.30 start, to 09.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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3 November 2017. Friday. The Regional Railways Story. Speaker: Alex Green, former BR Sector Manager. Location: St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton BS34 7BX. 19.00 for 19.30 start. Donation of £2 requested from non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Bristol branch event: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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4 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture annual national autumn conference - Dynamic Triangle, including presentation of 6th annual Rail User Group Awards, at The Curve Theatre, Leicester. More info: conferences

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4 November 2017. Saturday. Steam over Harringworth viaduct. 60103 Flying Scotsman. More info: RTC

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6 November 2017. Monday. Public drop-in information event about next phase of Railway Upgrade Plan works affecting Bristol residents and visitors. Venue: Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 9NL. 16.30-19.00. More info: Bristol

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6 November 2017. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting. New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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6 November 2017. Monday. Bedford Commuters Association AGM at The RAFA Club, 93 Ashburnham Road, Bedford MK40 1EA. 19.30. More info: BCA

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7 November 2017. Tuesday. Close of consultation on Changes to complaints handling guidance. More info: Paving the way to a Rail Ombudsman.

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7 November 2017. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Wessex section. Waterloo: Capacity Update. The Rose and Crown, Columbo Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8DP. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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7 November 2017. Tuesday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at The Sportsman, Severn Street, Newtown. 18.55. All welcome. More info: SARPA

7 November 2017. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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7 November 2017. Tuesday. Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain's Rail Policy. Speaker: Lord Faulkner of Worcester. Location: Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JJ. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info on this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Watford branch event: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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8-10 November 2017. Wednesday-Friday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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8 November 2017. Wednesday. Delivering Crossrail and Next Steps for Crossrail 2. Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: PFfL

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8 November 2017. Wednesday. Crossrail - moving London forward. Guest speaker: Patrick Grifffin, Crossrail. Venue: Keen House, Calshot Street, off Pentonville Road, London, N1 9DA. 13.30 for 14.00 start. More info: NLRHS

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8 November 2017. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution, London section. Docklands Light Railway. Venue: 10th Floor, London Underground, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info: PWI

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8 November 2017. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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8 November 2017. Wednesday. Ensuring the Relevance of Rail in a Changing Environment. Guest speaker: Richard McClean - Chairman IMechE Railway Division and Managing Director, Grand Central Rail. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 November 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Birmingham section. The Future, Transport for the West Midlands. Speaker: Toby Rackliff, Rail Policy & Strategy Manager, West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority. Venue: 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More info: PWI

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9 November 2017. Thursday. East Midlands pub quiz. Venue: The Brunswick Inn, Railway Terrace, Derby. 17.30. More info: YRP

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9 November 2017. Thursday. The Borderlands (Wrexham-Bidston) Rail Line. Speaker: John Allcock, Chairman, Wrexham-Bidston Rail Users Association. Venue: Hallmark Hotel The Queen, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 November 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section. Ordsall Chord, Manchester. Speaker: Matt Benson, Network Rail. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. More info: PWI

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11 November 2017-28 January 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Great North Rail Project between Preston and both Blackpool stations: train service suspended, road transport substitutes. One month countdown began mid-October.

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11 November 2017-25 March 2018. Train service alterations for Blackpool route upgrade works. More info: Preston-Blackpool. The Countdown has begun.

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11 November 2017. Saturday. WSRUA AGM. Venue: The Studio, Capitol Theatre, (Horsham Arts Centre), North Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RG. 10.00 for 10.15 start. More info: WSRUA

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11 November 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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12 November 2017. Sunday. London Waterloo amended services.

12 November 2017. Sunday. Dulwich Literary Festival. Britain's Best Railway Stations: Simon Jenkins. Venue: The Great Hall, Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD. 14.00-15.00. More info: DLF and SJ

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13-14 November 2017. Monday-Tuesday. Global AirRail conference. Brussels. More info: airrail

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13-15 November 2017. Monday-Wednesday. World Rail Festival at Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. More info: WRF

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13 November 2017. Monday. Permanent Way Institution, South & West Wales section. Visit and Presentation at Wales Route Operations Centre. Speaker: Tim Ball, Route Operations Manager, Network Rail, Wales Route. Venue: Wales Route Operations Centre, Cardiff. 17.15-19.15. More info: PWI

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13 November 2017. Monday. Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership meeting, open to public. Venue: Herriots Hotel, Broughton Road, Skipton. 19.00. More info: SELRAP

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13 November 2017. Monday. Monthly meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at Hastings Direct, Conquest House, 34 Collington Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LW (nearest station Collington). 19.00-21.00. More info: BRAG

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. 10th anniversary of the start of services in and out of St. Pancras International, transferring from Waterloo International.

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. 2nd annual Transport-led development in the Midlands. Venue: DLA Piper, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4DL. 08.45-16.15. More info: WF; also CILT

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. Capacity or Performance - either or both?. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 08.30-17.30. More info: IMechE

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. The Willington Waggonway, Tyneside: rediscovery, rescue, preservation and research. Venue: Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA. 14.00-16.00. More info: IMechE

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. Tram Train – Breaking the Mould. Guest speaker: Alan Pattison, Senior Program Manager, Network Rail. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Manchester & Liverpool section. S&C Ordsall Chord & Northern Programme Overview. Speakers include Northern Hub Alliance . Venue: TBC. 17.30-19.30. More info: PWI

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Croydon & Brighton section. Copyright BR: Reminiscences of a Former BR Official Photographer. Speaker: John Goss. Venue: Mott MacDonald House, Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EE. 17.30 for 17.45 start, to 19.45. More info: PWI

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. Crossrail update - The Elizabeth Line. Speaker: John Goldsmith, Community Relations Manager, Crossrail. Venue: Holiday Inn, Sipson Road, West Drayton, UB7 0JU. 17.45 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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14 November 2017. Tuesday. Ordsall Chord – “Joining the Dots”. Guest speaker: Graham Gornall, Project Manager, Northern Hub Alliance. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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15 November 2017. Wednesday. Close of consultation on draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan.

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15 November 2017. Wednesday. Wensleydale Railway meeting coffee morning/information meeting at Northallerton Town Hall, High Street, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8QR. More info: WR

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15 November 2017. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ. More info: Tarka

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15 November 2017. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton line committee meeting in the Sloop, Barton. 20.00. More info: FoBL

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16 November 2017. Thursday. Communicating Community Rail. Webinar. 11.00-12.00. More info: ACoRP and ACoRP report.

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16 November 2017. Thursday. Institution of Engineering and Technology presentations of Early Career Professionals Best Railway Paper 2017. Venue: IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL. 18.00-21.00. More info: IET

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16 November 2017. Thursday. Forty years with BR. Speaker: Terence Jenner, the last BR Board Chairman. Location: Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams, South Terrace, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 5JD. 19.00. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, North East branch event: RCTS

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17 November 2017. Friday. Consultation closes on Capacity improvements to Holborn station.

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17 November 2017. Friday. Talk by Peter Barron (former Editor of the Northern Echo) on Treasuring our Railway Heritage. 19.30. Tickets from Northallerton Forum £10 or £8 (concessions). More info: WR. Tickets from NF.

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18 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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18 November 2017. Saturday. Guest speaker Graham Ellis of TransWilts Community Rail Partnership at Railfuture Severnside meeting at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath BA1 1JW. 14.00. More info: RfS

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18 November 2017-14 January 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Gospel Oak-Barking London Overground services suspended. More info: GOBLIN.

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19 November 2017. Sunday. 10th anniversary of the start of services at Ebbsfleet International.

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20 November 2017. Monday. Wensleydale Railway meeting in Northallerton. Phil Kirkland (Nexus) on East African Railways and the standard gauge project. Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton, DL7 8SN. 19.30. More info: WR

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. 2nd annual Rolling Stock Procurement Forum. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-17.05. More info: WF

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Sustainable Transport in Gloucestershire - The Thinktravel Legacy. Speaker: Jon Harris, Managing Director Harris Ethical Ltd and Co Director Communities Connected CIC. Venue: Regus Business Centre, North Warehouse, Gloucester, GL1 2FB. 17.00 for 17.15 start, to 19.00. Booking required for this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Glasgow section. RSSB Standards Changes - RGS to RIS. Speaker from RSSB. Venue: WSP Offices, 7th Floor, 110 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX. 17.00 for 17.30 start, to 19.30. More info: PWI

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. The Regional Transport Strategy - where next?. Guest speaker: Derick Murray, Director, North East of Scotland Transport Partnership. Venue: Committee Room 5, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. Railway Infrastructure Asset Management: get it right - get it wrong. Guest speaker: John Dolan FCILT, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Rail. Venue: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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21 November 2017. Tuesday. NCRUG committee meeting. Visitors are welcome but please advise the Secretary in advance of attending. Venue: Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN. 19.30. More info: NCRUG.

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21-22 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Caspian and Central Asia Rail at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers Azerbaijan, Baku. More info: CCAR

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21-22 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. East Africa Rail in Nairobi. More info: ESR

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Autumn Budget. More info: Budget Day.

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. Community Rail Partnership and Station Adopters’ Seminar. Venue: Fujitsu Services, 22 Baker Street, London. More info: ACoRP

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. The Regional Railways Story. Speaker: Alex Green, former BR Sector Manager. Location: Elwick Club, Church Road, Ashford TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. Donation of £3 requested from non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South East branch event: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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22 November 2017. Wednesday. IET - Intercity Express Trains. Guest speaker: Andy Penrose, GWR IET Train Service Delivery Manager. Venue: University of West of England, Fenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY. 18.30-20.00. More info: IMechE

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Wensleydale Railway Scotland branch AGM at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. Speaker: Paul Tetlaw. More info: WR

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23 November 2017. Thursday. Launch of Railfuture Honorary President Christian Wolmar's new book Railways and the Raj - how the age of steam transformed India at House of VANS, 228-232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW. 19.00-21.30. Admission £16.50 to raise funds for the Railway Children. More info: book

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24 November 2017. The annual Golden Spanners Awards, 2017 with Railfuture Vice-President Roger Ford. The Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA. More info: 4FC-GSA

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24 November 2017. Friday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch meeting in Reading. Speaker: Great Western Railway's regional development manager. More info: RfTV

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25-26 November 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall C08 in Hall 5 at National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT. More info: NEC

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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25 November 2017. Saturday. Christmas Comet Carlisle-York Christmas excursion train.
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25 November 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds Division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-12.45. More info: Herts and Beds.

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27 November 2017. Monday. 21st century train maintenance: the Thameslink way. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 17.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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27 November 2017. Monday. Disconnected! Broken Links in Britain's Rail Policy. Speaker: Chris Austin OBE. Venue: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Community Rail Partnership and Station Adopters’ Seminar. Venue: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York. More info: ACoRP

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. The Future of Rail - Investing and innovating: growing a 21st century railway. Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, London. POSTPONED TO 15 MARCH 2018. More info: MF

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Priorities for developing the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WBF

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. LevenMouth Rail Campaign Action Group meeting. All welcome. Levenmouth Campus, Fife College, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven KY8 1EA. 18.30-20.00. More info: LMRC

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. Getting on/off trains at stations. Speaker: Professor Nick Tyler. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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28 November 2017. Tuesday. The Regional Railways Story. Speaker: Alex Green. Venue: The New Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham NG1 4EZ. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, East Midlands branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS
Buy the book at a discount from the Railfuture shop.

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29-30 November 2017. Wednesday-Thursday. IARO Workshop. Frankfurt. More info: IARO

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30 November 2017. Thursday. Close of consultation on Changes to charges and contractual incentives - charges recovering fixed network costs

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30 November 2017. Thursday. North of England Transport Summit. Venue: Royal Armouries, Armouries Dr, Leeds, LS10 1LT. 08.30 for 09.30 start, to 16.45. More info: NoETS

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London Midland Direct Award due to end (after 2 additional 'reporting periods' extension, eligible for up to 11 further additional 'reporting periods' extension); West Midlands new franchise due to commence.
Cross Country new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Start of services between London and Amsterdam, via Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Schiphol Airport?

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Station usage estimates for 2016/17 published. More info: ORR

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1 December 2017. Friday. Western and Wales end of year celebration. Venue: Yurt Lush, Clock Tower Yard, Bristol. 18.30-23.30. More info: YRP

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4 December 2017. Monday. Close of stage 2 consultation on re-opening Portishead branch line as part of MetroWest phase 1.

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4 December 2017. Monday. ECML Power Upgrade – The Hidden Project. Guest speaker: Rod Moorcroft, Project Director, Network Rail. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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4 December 2017. Monday. Growing Railfreight - The Tarmac Experience. Guest speaker: Chris Swan CMILT, Head of Rail, Tarmac. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, OverSeas House, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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4 December 2017. Monday. Ribble Valley Rail meeting. New Inn, 20 Parson Lane, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 2JN. 19.30. More info: RVR

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5 December 2017. Tuesday. Human factors in transport automation. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. More info: IMechE

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5 December 2017. Tuesday. Re-Signalling the Cambrian Railway. Venue: Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology, London Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6PR. 19.15-21.00. More info: IMechE

5 December 2017. Tuesday. Support The Rochdale Oldham Manchester rail lines group. Woolworths Club, Gipsy Lane, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3HA. 19.30. More info: STORM

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. Publication date for December issue of Railwatch, no.154. More info: Railwatch

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. TRA Christmas Social. More info: Tarka

6-7 December 2017. Wednesday-Thursday. Rolling Stock Maintenance conference. London. More info: RSM

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. London & South East annual holiday party 2017. Venue: Doggett’s Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London. 18.00-23.30. More info: YRP

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6 December 2017. Wednesday. Public Transport Orientated Development. Guest speakers: Matthew Arnold, Commercial Director Stagecoach South East, and Paul Lulham, Associate Director, DHA Consultancy. Venue: Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LX. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q2 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Developing the Cambridge - Milton Keynes - Oxford Corridor: infrastructure, governance and economic growth. Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WSPF

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, York section. The Many Interfaces of the Railway. Speaker from RSSB. Venue: Network Rail Rooms 0.1 & 0.2, George Stephenson House, 1 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info: PWI

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7 December 2017. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 December 2017. Friday. Network Rail publishes its strategic business plans. Stakeholders are invited to comment on them to inform ORR scrutiny. More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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9 December 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Royal Naval Club, Market Street, Aberystwyth. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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9 December 2017. Saturday. CRUG meeting in Methodist Church hall, Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PU. 13.45. Open to all. More info: CRUG

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10 December 2017. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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11 December 2017. Monday. Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway. Venue: STEAM Museum - Swindon, Kemble Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 2TA. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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11 December 2017. Monday. Young members' Christmas technical forum. Venue: IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ. 17.30-21.00. More info: IMechE

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11 December 2017. Monday. BT Police - their role and operations in East Anglia. Speaker: Nia Mellor, Station Commander BTP Colchester. Venue: The Bourne Vale Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE. 19.15. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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11 December 2017. Monday. Christmas social evening meeting of Bexhill Rail Action Group at The Star Inn, Normans Bay, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 6QG. (nearest station Normans Bay). More info: BRAG

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Key issues for the UK construction industry - skills, innovation, and the Industrial Strategy. Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WBF

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Speeding across the Pennines. Guest speaker: Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director, TransPennine Express. Venue: Winmarleigh House, Winmarleigh Street, Warrington, WA1 1NB. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. West Midlands Christmas party. Venue: The Cosy Club, Bennet's Hill, Birmingham. 18.30-22.00. More info: YRP

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12 December 2017. Tuesday. Chesham & District Transport Users' Group meeting in Town Hall, Chesham. 19.30. Public welcome. More info: CDTUG

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13 December 2017. Wednesday. Glasgow Underground. Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby, DE24 8UX. 17.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 December 2017. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q2 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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14 December 2017. Thursday. Developing a transport strategy for the Midlands: devolution, infrastructure and local growth. Venue: Birmingham. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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14 December 2017. Thursday. Next steps for regional development and the creative industries in the UK. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WMF

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19 December 2017. Tuesday. The Digital Railway: improving performance and increasing capacity. Speaker: Ian Rashbrook, Network Rail. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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21 December 2017. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q2 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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22 December 2017. Friday. Close of consultation on December 2018 timetable.

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22 December 2017-2 January 2018. Friday to Tuesday. During this schools Christmas/New Year holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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22 December 2017-5 January 2018. Friday-Friday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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23 December 2017-1 January 2018. Saturday-Monday. Alterations to services during Railway Upgrade Plan works.

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Services between Brighton and Bedford re-introduced on a phased basis via London Bridge. Timetable structure north and south largely unaltered at this stage. Likely to be some changes to Southeastern and Kent Thameslink services too.

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ORR publishes conclusions following July 2017 consultation on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and national
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3 January 2018. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution, Thames Valley section. Red for Danger: An Old Railwayman's View of the Current UK Rail Network Safety Performance. Venue: Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.00 for 17.45 start, to 19.45. More info: PWI and IMechE

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3 January 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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4 January 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 January 2018. Monday. Permanent Way Institution, London section. Acton dive-under. Venue: 10th Floor, London Underground, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info: PWI

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. HS2 Preparations for transport in connection with HS2 Stage 1. Guest speaker: Neil Cox, Transport Manager – Compliance & Environmental, HS2 Ltd. Venue: AECOM office, Exchange Court, 1 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2ET. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. Pendolino – the journey continues. Venue: Alstom Transport Training Academy, Halton Fields, Widnes, WA8 8NH. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. Rail-Based Logistics - The Future. Guest speaker: Julian Worth, Director, Transworth Rail and Chair, CILT Rail Freight Forum. Venue: Sussex Downs College, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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9 January 2018. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Lancaster, Barrow & Carlisle Section. The Ordsall Chord Improvement. Venue: Royal Station Hotel, Market Street, Carnforth, LA5 9BT. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. More info: PWI

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10 January 2018. Wednesday. Electrostar - past, present and future. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-20.00. More info: IMechE

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10 January 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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11 January 2018. Thursday. Next steps for intelligent mobility and developing a smart transport system. Venue:London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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11 January 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section. Mail Rail: London Post Office Railway. Speaker: Alasdair Stewart. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More info: PWI

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15 January 2018. Monday. Wensleydale Railway meeting in Northallerton. Managing the National Collection of Rail Vehicles, Anthony Coulls, National Railway Museum. Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton DL7 8SN. 19.30. More info: WR

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16 January 2018. Tuesday. 3rd annual Transport-Led Development in London and the South East. Venue: Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4ES. 08.45-16.45. More info: WF

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16 January 2018. Tuesday. What Operators need to know about ERTMS. Guest speaker: David Bishop, Business Manager, Intelligent Rail, Ricardo Rail. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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16 January 2018. Tuesday. London Bridge Station Redevelopment. Guest speaker: Chris Denham, Media Relations Manager, Network Rail South East Route. Venue: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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17 January 2018. Wednesday. Railwatch editorial meeting. More info: Railwatch

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17 January 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Rising Sun, Pound Lane End, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DU. More info: Tarka

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18 January 2018. Thursday. Publication of Mayor of London's Transport Strategy.

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18 January 2018. Thursday. Supporting Rolling Stock Developments in Scotland. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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18 January 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Manchester & Liverpool Section. Young achiever presentation. Venue: Manchester. 17.30-19.30. More info: PWI

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19-28 January 2018. Friday-Sunday. Big Burns Supper Dumfries 2018 including cabaret, comedy, music and poetry. Supported by South West Scotland CRP. Dumfries station is 0.8 miles from the venue. More info: SWSCRP

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23 January 2018. Tuesday. The Thameslink Programme - London Bridge Redevelopment. Speaker: James Elford. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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24 January 2018. Wednesday. Crossrail, Moving London Forward. Speaker: Patrick Griffin. Venue: Council Meeting Room 2, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Chichester branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS.

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26 January 2018. Friday. Railways around London and the South East - a contemporary look. Venue: Fulwood Lawn Tennis Club, Highgate Avenue (off A6 Garstang Road), Preston, PR2 8DY. 19.30. More about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Lancashire & North West branch event at which non-members (£2 donation requested) are also welcome: RCTS

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29 January-25 March 2018. Monday-Sunday. Great North Rail Project continues between Blackpool North and Kirkham and Wesham with train service suspended, road transport substitutes.

30 January 2018. Tuesday. The UK tourism industry post-Brexit - skills, investment and the Industrial Strategy. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WMF

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30 January 2018. Tuesday. Transport Ticketing in Scotland - The Future.. Guest speakers include: Alex Stewart, ‎Director EMEA, ByteToken. Venue: Aberdeen. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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31 January 2018. Wednesday. 1st annual Attracting third-party investment into the UK rail sector. Venue: Dentons, 1 Fleet Place, City of London, EC4M 7RA. 08.45-16.15. More info: WF

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West Coast Partnership new franchise - the short-listed bidders to submit Best And Final Offers.

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1 February 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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1 February 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Edinburgh section. Dover Shakespeare Seawall Reinstatement Works. Venue: Upstairs Function Room, The Scots Guards Club, 2 Clifton Terrace, Opposite Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, EH12. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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1 February 2018. Thursday. YRP Scotland and HYPED - the Edinburgh Hyperloop story. Venue: Edinburgh. 18.30-21.30. More info: YRP

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. 10th anniversary of re-opening Ebbw Vale line, and Ebbw Vale Parkway, Newbridge, Risca & Pontymister, and Rogerstone stations, to passengers.

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Can Public Transport be Made Fully Accessible?. Guest speaker: Patrick Nyamurundira, Access and Inclusion Manager, ScotRail. Venue: IET Glasgow, Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Wessex section. Thameslink - the final chapters. Speaker: Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail. Venue: The Rose and Crown, Columbo Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8DP. 18.00-20.00. More info: PWI

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6 February 2018. Tuesday. Bringing Back the Brighton Belle. Guest speaker: Doug Lindsay, Trustee, 5BEL Trust. Venue: Sussex Downs College, 1 Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start, to 20.45. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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7-8 February 2018. Wednesday-Thursday. 6th annual Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum. Venue: etc Venues, St. Paul's, London. 08.45-16.55/16.20. More info: WF

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7 Febuary 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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8 February 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Croydon & Brighton section. Swanage Railway Wareham Link. Speaker: Chairman of PWI Wessex. Venue: Mott MacDonald House, Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EE. 17.30 for 17.45 start, to 19.45. More info: PWI

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10-18 February 2018. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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13 February 2018. Tuesday. Class 73 - Loram UK Ultra 73’s. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 February 2018. Wednesday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-20.00. More info: IMechE

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15 February 2018. Thursday. Caledonian University's contribution to improved class 158 door reliability. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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17 February 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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19 February 2018. Monday. Wensleydale Railway meeting in Northallerton. Transforming a Gresley teak coach from a wreck to top spot in the National Railway Museum. Nick Stringer. Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue, Northallerton DL7 8SN. 19.30. More info: WR

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. Rail freight: Current issues, Challenges and Opportunities.. Guest speaker: Julian Worth CMILT, Chairman, CILT Rail Freight Forum. Venue: Transport for Greater Manchester, 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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20 February 2018. Tuesday. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway and the Broadway Extension. Venue: Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2SY. 19.30. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Cheltenham branch event: RCTS

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21 February 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ. More info: Tarka

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22 February 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q3 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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27 February 2018. Tuesday. The Railway Standards Safety Board (RSSB). Speaker: Michael Woods - Head of Operations and Management Research. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q3 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Next steps for the UK’s railway infrastructure. Venue: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WEETF

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1 March 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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1 March 2018. Thursday. 40 years on BR. Speaker: Terence Jenner, last Chairman of the BR Board. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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6 March 2018. Tuesday. The Scottish Region Annual Sustainable Transport Event - Visiting Every Part of Scotland. Guest speaker: Bill Taylor, Bill Taylor Associates - Heritage and Tourism. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, OverSeas House, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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7 March 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q3 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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8 March 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section. Llangollen Railway - Construction & Maintenance. Speaker from Llangollen Railway. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More info: PWI

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12 March 2018. Monday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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12-13 March 2018. Monday-Tuesday. Community Rail Conference. Venue: Jurys Inn Milton Keynes, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. More info: ACoRP

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12-13 March 2018. Monday-Tuesday. Middle East Rail in Dubai. More info: MER

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13 March 2018. Tuesday. "Future of Rail" Presentation Competition. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. The use of virtual reality in the railway industry. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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14 March 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Accelerate Rail 2018. The Future of Rail - Investing and innovating: growing a 21st century railway. Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY. 09.00-18.00. More info: MF

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15 March 2018. Thursday. Understanding TOC Alliances. Guest speakers: Helen Cavanagh, Head of Alliancing, Northern & Tom Hanham, Alliance Project Manager, VTEC. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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17 March 2018. Saturday. Swiss Railways Society AGM at Best Western Stuart Hotel, 119 London Road, Derby DE1 2QR. 10.00-16.30. More info: SRS

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. National Railway Museum. Speaker: Andrew McLean, Curator of the National Railway Museum. Venue: Royal OverSeas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. 17.30 for 18.00 start, to 19.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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20 March 2018. Tuesday. Institution of Engineering and Technology talk: Windsor rail link. Venue: Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe Campus, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ. 19.00 for 19.30 start, to 21.30. More info: IET

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21 March 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Rising Sun, Pound Lane End, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9DU. More info: Tarka

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24-25 March 2018. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture stall at London rail festival. More info: Alexandra Palace

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27 March 2018. Tuesday. The future of UK ports post-Brexit - infrastructure, opportunities and policy. Venue: Central London. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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30 March-2 April 2018. Good Friday-Easter Monday. Alterations to services during Railway Upgrade Plan works.

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30 March-15 April 2018. Friday to Sunday. During this schools Easter holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

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East Midlands new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.
West Coast Direct Award ends/1-year Service Continuation Contract begins.

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4 April 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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5 April 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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9 April 2018. Monday. Mail Rail - A History through the Archive. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collection at The Postal Museum. Venue: The Bourne Vale Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich, IP2 8RE. 19.15. Donations requested £3.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Ipswich branch event: RCTS

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10 April 2018. Tuesday. Railway Accident Precursors. Venue: University Technical College, West Street, Crewe, CW1 2PZ. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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11 April 2018. Wednesday. Class 769 Flex. Venue: Carriage Shop - Derby, Derby Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE. 17.15-19.30. More info: IMechE

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12 April 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Birmingham section. Asset Management: Systems Integration. Speaker from Network Rail. Venue: 2nd Floor, Network Rail, Baskerville House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND. 17.00-19.00. More info: PWI

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13 April 2018. Friday. Annual Dinner. Venue: Derby Roundhouse. More info: YRP

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture Thames Valley branch AGM.

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14 April 2018. Saturday. Behind the scenes at the National Railway Museum. Venue: National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 14.30-16.30. More info: IMechE

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16 April 2018. Monday. Refurbishment of existing rolling stock and the 319 FLEX programme. Venue: Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon, 1 Holbrook Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1BD. 17.00-19.00. More info: IMechE

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17-19 April 2018. Tuesday-Thursday. TransRussia exhibition in Moscow. More info: TR

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18 April 2018. Wednesday. TRA meet in The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ. More info: Tarka

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19 April 2018. Thursday. A 21st century train on 19th century infrastructure. Venue: Room A426 Govan Mbeki Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow, G4 0BA. 17.30-20.30. More info: IMechE

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25 April 2018. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section. Jacking Up Masonry Arch Bridges for Increased Clearance. Speaker from Freyssinet. Venue: Jurys Inn Hotel, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ. 18.30-20.30. More info: PWI

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26 April 2018. Thursday. 26th annual Rail freight Group conference. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG. More info: WF

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28 April 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch AGM.

May


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1-3 May 2018. Tuesday-Thursday. Infrarail. Excel, London. More info: Infra

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2 May 2018. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution, Thames Valley section. GWML Electrification – Work to the Intersection Bridges at Cardiff Central. Speaker from Holbourn Engineering. Venue: Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU. 17.45-19.45. More info: PWI

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2 May 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2018

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3 May 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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3 May 2018. Thursday. London`s Disused Stations – North London. Speaker: Jim Connor, North London Railway Historical Society. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Project Update. Speaker: Stacey Macdonald, Network Rail. Venue: Aberdeen. 18.00-20.00. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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8 May 2018. Tuesday. New Rolling Stock for Northern. Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Room T0.03 John Dalton Building, Oxford Road (entrance on Chester Street), Manchester, M1 5GD. 18.30-19.30. More info: IMechE

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9 May 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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12 May 2018. Saturday. Railfuture AGM in Edinburgh. 10.00-17.00. More info: conferences; email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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15 May 2018. Tuesday. New Trains in the North. Guest speaker: Ian Hyde, Head of New Trains, Northern. Venue: Virgin Trains East Coast Academy, Platform 9, York Station, York, YO24 1AB. 17.00 for 17.30 start. More info on this IRO North East area event: IRO

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17 May 2018. Thursday. TRA AGM, Village Hall, Umberleigh, Devon. More info: Tarka

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19 May 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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20 May 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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20 May 2018. Sunday. Significant changes to timetable in preparation for final December 2018 timetable. Whole network redesigned with increased Thameslink peak service of 20 trains per hour operating through Central London. Existing Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern services will also change. Initially four Thameslink trains per hour in peaks will break their links and only operate as far as London Bridge or London Blackfriars (from the south), restarting from London Kings Cross (from the north) until high capacity infrastructure available through Central London core section.

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21 May 2018. Monday. Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport Terminal 4 transfer to MTR Crossrail. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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21 May 2018. Monday. The Docklands Light Railway. Speaker: Mark Davis. Venue: Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Windsor & Maidenhead branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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21 May 2018. Monday. 40 years of service. Speaker: Terence Jenner, the last BR Board Chairman. Venue: Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. Donations requested £2.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch event: RCTS.

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section. Network Rail's Management of Earthworks. Speaker from Network Rail. Venue: Aston Court Hotel, opposite Derby station, Derby DE1 2SL. 18.30-20.30. More info: PWI

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22 May 2018. Tuesday. Rail Care - set up to deal with customers in an emergency such as an accident or major incident. Speaker: from South Western Railway. Venue: Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.00 for 19.15 start. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Surrey branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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24 May 2018. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q4 2017/18 published - PPM, CaSL, FDM. More info: ORR

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26 May-3 June 2018. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools half-term holiday, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 173 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and Events. See also: Scenic Rail Britain.

June


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Great Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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6 June 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q4 2017/18 published - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay. More info: ORR

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7 June 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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7 June 2018. Thursday. The Heritage of HS2. Speaker: Chris Jordan, Archaeology & Heritage Advisor to Technical Directorate, HS2 Ltd. Venue: Methodist Church, Silver St., Stony Stratford MK11 1BE. 19.30. More about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Milton Keynes branch event at which non-members are also welcome: RCTS

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12 June 2018. Tuesday. ORR expected to publish and consult on its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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12-13 June 2018. Tuesday-Wednesday. Africa Rail at Sandton, Johannesburg. AR

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14 June 2018. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q4 2017/18 published - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue. More info: ORR

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14 June 2018. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section. The Introduction of On-Time Performance (OTP) into the Railway. Speakers from Atkins. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. More info: PWI

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18 June 2018. Monday. Mail Rail - The London Post Office Railway. Speaker: Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the Postal Museum. Venue: Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8LB. 19.30. Donations requested £2.50 non-members. More info about this Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, South Essex branch event: RCTS.

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19 June 2018. Tuesday. Into the Future with KeolisAmey Metrolink. Speaker: TBC. Meeting Point: Old Trafford Metrolink Stop (Southbound Platform). Venue: Trafford Depot, Warwick Road South, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0GZ. 18.00 for 18.30 start, to 20.30. Booking required for this free Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event. More info: CILT

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23 June 2018. Saturday. Railfuture annual national summer conference at Hallmark Hotel, Court Square, Carlisle CA1 1QY. 10.45-17.00. More info: conferences

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4 July 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

9-11 July 2018. Monday-Wednesday. Digital Rail at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore.

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11 July 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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19 July 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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22 July-7 October 2018. Derby station track and signalling enhancements. More info: Derby-1 and Derby-2.

August


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South Eastern new franchise award expected. See EoI and Prospectus.

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1 August 2018. Wednesday. London & South East monthly social. Venue: Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 19.00-21.00. More info: YRP

4 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on scheduled BR mainline public service. More info: Publicsteam50

11 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on BR mainline. More info: Railtoursteam50 and Steamrailways-BBC4 and 'The Railway'

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18 August 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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6 September 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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12 September 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

October


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40th anniversary of issue no.1 of predecessor to Railwatch, numbered continuously - including intermediate name changes - to now. See Railwatch

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Arriva Trains Wales franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional reporting periods extension); Wales & Borders new franchise due to commence.
Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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4 October 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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31 October 2018. ORR due to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

November


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West Coast Partnership new franchise award expected.

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1 November 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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10 November 2018. Saturday. Railfuture annual national autumn conference, including presentation of 7th annual Rail User Group Awards, in Reading. More info: conferences

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14 November 2018. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern

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17 November 2018. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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Network Rail due to publish draft Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) for consultation.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

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6 December 2018. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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9 December 2018. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Southeastern Direct Award due to end (extension of 6 reporting periods from June assumed, eligible for 1 additional reporting period extension); South Eastern new franchise due to commence. See EoI, franchise consultation, and franchise prospectus.

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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9 December 2018. Sunday. Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens Desiro City Class 700 Thameslink trains. The four Thameslink services not running through in May linked to provide continuous journey north to south when final infrastructure upgrades completed and full benefits of Thameslink Programme realised.

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20 December 2018. ORR publishes ‘review notices’, setting out the changes to access contracts and Network Rail’s network licence needed to implement ORR's final determination.
Network Rail publishes its price lists for CP6, setting out the specific access charge rates that would be payable by train operators.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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February


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Great Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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Network Rail decides whether to accept or reject ORR's Final Determination for CP6.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - Jan 2017.

23 February 2019. Saturday. 50th anniversary of most recent passenger trains between Uckfield and Lewes.

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ORR issues ‘review implementation notices’, confirming that the review will be implemented on 1 April 2019.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.6, July 2017

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31 March 2019. Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to be published by this date.

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West Coast Partnership new franchise due to commence.
East Midlands new franchise contract award expected.

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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts. Changes to train operators’ access contracts, including new access charges, and Network Rail’s network licence, take effect.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections. More info: Vote 2019

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19 May 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Services start between London Paddington and Shenfield. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

August


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East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.
Cross Country new franchise award expected.

November


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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Arriva CrossCountry Direct Award due to end (extension by 2 additional reporting periods from October, further 11 additional reporting periods extension available at Transport Secretary discretion); new Cross Country franchise due to commence.

Great Western new franchise award expected.

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8 December 2019. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Services start between Reading/Heathrow and Abbey Wood/Shenfield. More info: Crossrail and Elizabeth line

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31 December 2019. Final date for rail vehicles to comply with accessibility regulations. More info: ORR and DfT

2020


February


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Chiltern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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Great Western Railway Direct Award due to end (13 additional 'reporting periods' extension assumed); Great Western new franchise due to commence.

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Chiltern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

7 May 2020. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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17 May 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

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Chiltern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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Start of services to/from Watford Junction via Metropolitan line extension. More info: MLE and Croxley rail link.

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13 December 2020. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Services planned to start between Gospel Oak and Barking Riverside.

May


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New Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise operator due to be announced.
East Coast new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Start of extended services on Northern line to Battersea Power Station, via Kennington and Nine Elms. More info: NLE

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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TransPennine Express new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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Chiltern new franchise award expected.
East Coast new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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Govia Thameslink Railway management contract ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)
TransPennine Express new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

December


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Chiltern Railways franchise due to end (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension); Chiltern new franchise due to commence.

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12 December 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2022


January


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East Coast new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

February


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TransPennine Express new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

April


ScotRail franchise ends (eligible for up to three years extension)

May


5 May 2022. Thursday. UK local elections.

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15 May 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

October


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South Western new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

November


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New East Coast franchise operator due to be announced

December


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New TransPennine Express franchise operator due to be announced

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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2023


Access rights for Heathrow Express to London Heathrow Airport Terminals 2/3 and 5 due to expire.

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South Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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East Coast franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

April


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TransPennine Express franchise ends (eligible for up to 26 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


End of 8-year Transport for London concession for Crossrail (potential for 2-year extension)/start of next concession.

4 May 2023. Thursday. UK local elections.

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21 May 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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Northern new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.
South Western new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

September


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Northern new franchise notice expected in the Official Journal of the European Union/Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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East Anglia new franchise - submission of Passport Application/Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for non-passport holders.

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10 December 2023. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2024


February


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Northern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected to be issued to short-listed bidders.

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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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South Western new franchise award expected.

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1 April 2024. Control Period 7 (2024-29) starts.

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End of 7.5-year Transport for London concession for London Overground (potential for 2-year extension)/start of next concession.

2 May 2024. Thursday. UK local elections.

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19 May 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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First/MTR South Western franchise due to expire (up to 11 additional reporting periods available at Secretary of State's discretion), new South Western franchise due to commence.
East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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New Northern franchise operator due to be announced.

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7 December 2024. Saturday. Planned official re-opening of services between Uckfield and Lewes. More info: Bridge the gap: connect East Sussex

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change and planned public re-opening of services between Uckfield, Lewes and Sussex coast towns.

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8 December 2024. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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East West Rail services start between Bedford and Oxford/Reading, Milton Keynes and Oxford/Reading, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury/London Marylebone. More info: EWR

2025


April


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Northern franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

May


Latest possible end/start of Transport for London Crossrail operating concession.

1 May 2025. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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18 May 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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New East Anglia franchise operator due to be announced.

October


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Greater Anglia franchise ends (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion), new East Anglia franchise due to commence.

December


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14 December 2025. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2026


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Public operation of HS2 phase 1 planned to start this year.

May


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Latest possible end/start of Transport for London operating concession for London Overground.

7 May 2026. Thursday. UK local elections.

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17 May 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

December


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13 December 2026. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2027


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Merseyrail concession due for renewal.

2029


April


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1 April 2029. Control Period 8 (2029-34) starts.

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Essex Thameside franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension at Secretary of State's discretion)

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

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