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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.

More details about Railfuture conferences are here: Railfuture conferences

2017


July


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See latest Rail Franchise Schedule, December 2016. Due this month:
WEST MIDLANDS new franchise contract award expected.
EAST MIDLANDS new franchise Invitation To Tender expected. See EoI and short-listed bidders.

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~ ORR provides advice to Scottish Ministers and Secretary of State for Transport to inform their HLOSs and SoFAs for CP6, up to May/June 2017.
~ DfT published consultation, on 21 February 2017, on introducing Public Service Obligation Levy for open access passenger operators, closed 21 April.
~ ORR issues guidance to Network Rail, on 23 February 2017, on the strategic business plans (SBPs) the company will produce for CP6 (2019-24) in December 2017.
~ Rail Delivery Group publishes Initial Industry Advice for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to Scottish government and ORR.
~ ORR issues ‘review initiation notices’ in a PR18 Legal Notice on 27 March, formally requesting Secretary of State for Transport and Scottish Ministers to provide their high-level output specifications (HLOSs) and statements of funds available (SoFAs) for Control Period 6, no later than 20 July 2017.
~ ORR expected to publish conclusions notes on working papers on the outputs framework (WP4) and the enhancements framework (WP5).
~ ORR expected to publish conclusions on structure of charges and contractual incentives from December 2016.
~ ORR consults on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and national system operator (NSO), including incentives and
NSO outputs.
~ ORR updates guidance to Network Rail on its strategic business plans, following the HLOSs and SoFAs (if necessary).
~ More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017 and Network Rail responses to PR18.

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Secretary of State for Transport, and Scottish Ministers, expected to publish High-Level Output Specifications (HLOS) and Statements of Funds Available (SoFA) for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024). More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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Major improvement works in 2017.
until end-July - London Overground services suspended between Gospel Oak and Barking on most weekends in July.
until end-July - overnight works on Preston-Manchester line. More info: Preston.
8-31 July - Ashton-under-Lyne station to close for Manchester Victoria-Stalybridge service improvements. More info: Ashton-under-Lyne-1, Ashton-under-Lyne-2 and Ashton-under-Lyne station now CLOSED.
15-23 July - nine-day services suspension for upgrade works between Carlisle and Kilmarnock. More info: Carlisle.
22-30 July - nine-day services suspension for upgrade works between Didcot Parkway-Oxford-Banbury. More info: Oxford
Please, to avoid disappointment, CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL in AUGUST - thanks. More details: Eight London termini, three regional routes and three transformational rail upgrades this month. So please, PLAN AHEAD BEFORE YOU TRAVEL ahead of the transport revolution this August bank holiday.
5-28 August 2017. Major works at London Waterloo station - passengers warned to expect severe disruption. More info: Waterloo-1, Waterloo-2, Waterloo-3, Waterloo-4, Waterloo-5, Waterloo 6 months to go, Waterloo-7 with virtual reality download, Waterloo & South West upgrade including video.
19 August-3 September - Reduced services between Cardiff and Newport for electrification works. More info: Cardiff
until autumn 2017 - Great North Rail Project works in Manchester - more info: Ordsall Chord; and works at Filton Abbey Wood station affecting access between car park and platforms - more info: Filton Abbey Wood.
until December 2017 - works to install new step-free footbridge at West Calder station. More info: West Calder.
until mid-December 2017 - overnight works Mondays-Thursdays to improve overhead wires on Southend Victoria line. More info: Southend.
Derby station track and signalling enhancements between July and October 2018.

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21 May-10 September 2017. Sunday summer service between Okehampton and Exeter. More info: Sunday Rover. See also Dartmoor Railway for heritage services between Okehampton and Meldon Quarry, and the campaign for restoration of full services between Exeter and Okehampton, and eventually beyond, which was launched last year.

13 June-3 September 2017. Tuesday-Sunday. Swanage Railway commences diesel shuttle service to Wareham, operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays each week until Sunday 3 September. See Swanage back on the map. More info: Wareham-Swanage

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26 June-27 July 2017. Monday-Thursday. Public consultation on next phase of planning for GTR 2018 timetable. More info: GTR and timetables

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6-27 July 2017. Thursdays. Spa Valley Railway operates connections with Uckfield line, Eridge-Tunbridge Wells, with five return services every Thursday this month. More info: SVR and times.

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8-31 July 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Ashton-under-Lyne station closed for Manchester Victoria-Stalybridge service improvements. More info: Aston-under-Lyne-1, Ashton-under-Lyne-2, Ashton-under-Lyne-3, and Ashton-under-Lyne station closed.

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15-23 July 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Nine-day services suspension for upgrade works between Carlisle and Kilmarnock. More info: Carlisle.

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21 July-4 September 2017. Friday-Monday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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21 July 2017. Friday. Public drop-in information event for Princes Risborough residents and businesses about East-West Rail Western Section Phase 2, for direct rail passenger services between Bedford and Oxford, Milton Keynes and Oxford, and Milton Keynes and London Marylebone via Aylesbury. Venue: Elim Church@Risborough, 9 Bell Street, Princes Risborough, HP27 0DE. 12.00-20.00. More info: EWR

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22 July 2017. Saturday. Branch open meeting in Pontefract. 13.00. More info: Yorkshire

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22-30 July 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Nine-day services suspension for upgrade works between Didcot Parkway-Oxford-Banbury. More info: Oxford

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22 July-3 September 2017. Saturday to Sunday. During this schools summer 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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24 July 2017. Monday. Public drop-in information event for Nottinghamshire residents about Kings Mill level crossing, between Mansfield and Sutton Parkway. Venue: Mansfield Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, NG19 7BH. 14.00-19.00. More info: Kings Mill

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25 July 2017. Tuesday. National Rail Passenger Survey results for Spring 2017 to be published.

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25 July 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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26 July 2017. Wednesday. "The Visions and Future of ScotRail Alliance." Speaker: Alex Hynes, Scotrail Alliance MD. Venue: Jurys Inn, 43 Jeffrey St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH. 17.30. More info on this free IRO Scotland area event: IRO

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27 July 2017. Thursday. Public consultation closes on next phase of planning for GTR 2018 timetable. More info: GTR and timetables

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27 July 2017. Thursday. Spa Valley Railway operates connections with Uckfield line, Eridge-Tunbridge Wells, with five return services every Thursday this month. More info: SVR and times.

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27 July 2017. Thursday. "Rail Trail 2017". Team event in central London. More info: IMechE

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28 July-2 August 2017. Friday-Wednesday. Saltburn-Redcar-Middlesbrough rail services replaced by buses during track upgrade works. More info: Saltburn

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29-30 July 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Ipswich-Felixstowe track renewals for smoother journeys. More info: Ipswich-Felixstowe

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29 July-6 August 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Ipswich-Halesworth track renewals for smoother journeys. More info: Ipswich-Felixstowe/Lowestoft

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29 July 2017. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds Division meeting. St. Albans. 10.45-12.45. More info: Herts and Beds.

August


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Please, to avoid disappointment, CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL in AUGUST - thanks.
More details: Eight London termini, three regional routes, and three transformational rail upgrades this month.

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Trespass warning issued to children in Scotland as summer holidays begin.

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Spa Valley Railway operates connections with Uckfield line, Eridge-Tunbridge Wells, with five return services every Tuesday and Wednesday this month. More info: SVR and times.

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1 August 2017. Tuesday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool. 19.00. All welcome. More info: SARPA

1 August 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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5-6 August 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Ipswich-Felixstowe track renewals for smoother journeys. More info: Ipswich-Felixstowe

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5-6 August 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Services for Huddersfield and Dewsbury stations suspended for signalling upgrade works. More info: Huddersfield

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5-28 August 2017. Major works at London Waterloo station. More info: Waterloo-1, Waterloo-2, Waterloo-3, Waterloo-4, Waterloo-5, Waterloo 6 months to go, Waterloo-7 with virtual reality download.

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

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

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11 August 2017. Friday. Consultation closes on East-West Rail Western Section Phase 2, for direct rail passenger services between Bedford and Oxford, Milton Keynes and Oxford, and Milton Keynes and London Marylebone via Aylesbury.

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12 August 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 August 2017. Saturday. Steam shuttles over Harringworth viaduct. Melton Mowbray-Corby. The White Swan and the new Spokes Cafe in Harringworth will be open for the crowds expected to descend on the Welland Valley. The George and Dragon at nearby Seaton is also getting prepared for an influx of visitors. Railfuture wants to see more regular services using the railway route north of Corby. Communities are rallying round their railway. More info: Vintage Trains

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13-28 August 2017. Sunday-Monday. Walsall-Rugeley Trent Valley line closed for electrification works. More info: Chase line-1 and Chase line-2.

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14 August 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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15 August 2017. Tuesday. North Cheshire Rail Users' Group committee meeting. Visitors welcome. 19.30. More info: NCRUG

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16 August 2017. Wednesday. East Norfolk Transport Users Association AGM and public meeting. Venue: Christchurch, Deneside, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2HL. 14.00. More info: ENTUA

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19 August-3 September 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Reduced services between Cardiff and Newport for electrification works. More info: Cardiff

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

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

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20 August 2017. Sunday. SouthWest Trains franchise (including 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension) under Stagecoach ends; South Western new franchise commences, under First/MTR. More info: First/MTR

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21 August 2017. Monday. CfBT West and North Yorkshire Rail Group. Venue: 43-47 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BB. 19.00.

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23 August 2017. Wednesday. 20th anniversary of first SVR passenger service from Tunbridge Wells West to Groombridge. More info: SVR

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26-28 August 2017. Saturday-Monday. Services suspended between Cardiff and Newport for electrification works. More info: Cardiff

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26 August-3 September 2017. Saturday-Sunday. PLAN AHEAD for journeys affected by major works at London Bridge station. More info: London Bridge, Thameslink works, Southeastern, and "Is her destination Victoria station?"

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27-28 August 2017. Sunday-Monday. PLAN AHEAD for journeys along the Norwich-London route affected by upgrade works. More info: Anglia

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27 August 2017. Sunday. Closing date for letters, articles, reports etc to editor at railwatch.org.uk for the October edition.

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29 August 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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30 August 2017. Wednesday. Public information event for 12-week consultation on future of Breich station, Shotts line. Venue: Woodmuir primary school in Breich, West Lothian, EH55 8JP. 15.15-19.00.

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31 August 2017. Thursday. Final day for booking members-only discount for national autumn conference in Leicester. More info: conferences

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South Eastern new franchise Invitation To Tender expected. See EoI and Prospectus.

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ORR publishes an update document following the January 2017 consultation on the financial framework for PR18.
Deadline for responses to July 2017 consultation on the proposed framework for regulating Network Rail’s routes and NSO.
ORR publishes, if required, a more detailed consultation relating to charges and contractual incentives, following the June 2017 conclusions document.
More info: Periodic Review 2018 (PR18) timetable and process - V1.4, March 2017

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2 September 2017. Saturday. Closing date for nominations for 2017 Awards for Rail User Groups

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3 September 2017. Sunday. Closing date for any late news to editor at railwatch.org.uk for the October edition.

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

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

7 September 2017. Thursday. "Supporting innovation in UK industry - priorities for investment, the commercialisation of research and UK competitiveness post-Brexit." Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WBF

7 September 2017. Thursday. "Growth in the UK creative industries and priorities for the Industrial Strategy." Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WMF

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

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9 September 2017. Saturday. Board of Directors meeting. email: companysecretary at railfuture.org.uk

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9 September 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association meeting at Railway Hotel, Borth. 11.45. All welcome. More info: SARPA

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9 September 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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11 September 2017. Monday. Permanent Way Institution, South & West Wales section. "The Gulf Oil Branch: Construction, Operation & Future 1968 - 2016". Speaker: Dick Watts, Chief Civil Engineers Office, BR Western Region. Venue: Network Rail Office, 5th Floor, 5 Callaghan Square, Cardiff, CF10 5BT. 17.15-19.15. More info: PWI

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11 September 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

12 September 2017. Tuesday. "Priorities for UK broadband connectivity: infrastructure, investment and the Digital Strategy." Location: London. 08.30-13.00. More info: WeF

12 September 2017. Tuesday. "The future for the Midlands Engine." Location: Birmingham. 08.30-13.00. More info: WSPF

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13 September 2017. Wednesday. Rail Safety Summit in London. 08.00-15.55. More info: RSS

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13 September 2017. Wednesday. UK Rail Summit. Venue: KPMG LLP, 15 Canada Square, London, E14 5GL. 08.00 for 09.00 start, to 15.30. More info: UKRS

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

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13 September 2017. Wednesday. CfBT London meeting. 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. 18.00. More info: CfBT London

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14 September 2017. Thursday. "Priorities for infrastructure and planning policy - delivering major projects and preparing for the future Planning Bill." Location: Edinburgh. 08.30-13.00. More info: SPC

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14 September 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, Birmingham section. "Bromsgrove Remodelling Project". Speaker: Richard Dugdale, Senior Sponsor, 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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14 September 2017. Thursday. Permanent Way Institution, North Wales section. "Lineside Vegetation Management - A Train Operators Perspective". Speaker: Rob Cummings, Programme Delivery Manager, Northern Railway. Venue: The Town Crier Inn, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AE. 18.30-20.00. More info: PWI

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14 September 2017. Thursday. "The History of the British Transport Police". Speaker: Bill Rogerson MBE. Location: The Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG. 19.00. More info about this free Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, North East branch event: RCTS

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15 September-6 October 2017. Friday-Friday. House of Commons in recess. More info: HoC

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16-17 September 2017. Saturday-Sunday. "Operational Skills Weekend – What it Takes to Keep the Wheels of a Heritage Railway Moving." Venue: Kent & East Sussex Railway, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE. More info on this IRO South East area event: IRO

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16-19 September 2017. Saturday-Tuesday. Autumn Conference in Bournemouth. More info: LibDem

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18 September 2017. Monday. "Future Rail Infrastructure." Venue: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2BY. 09.00-18.00. More info: MF

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18 September 2017. Monday. "Operational Concept to Working Railway – Victoria Line Capacity Increase." Speaker: Michael Coultharde-Steer, Lead Operational Development Manager at LU. Venue: LUL HQ, 55 Broadway, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD. 17.45-19.30. More info on this free IRO South East area event: IRO

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

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20 September 2017. Wednesday. "Priorities for developing Scotland’s cities and regions - City Deals, partnerships and economic strategy." Edinburgh. 08.30-13.00. More info: SPC

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20 September 2017. Wednesday. UK Rail Industry Forum at Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-17.20. More info: WF

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20 September 2017. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton line committee meeting in the No1 Inn, Cleethorpes station. 19.00. More info: FoBL

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21 September 2017. Thursday. Passenger & freight rail performance Q1 2017/18 - PPM, CaSL, FDM - published. More info: ORR

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24-27 September 2017. Sunday-Wednesday. Annual Conference in Brighton. More info: Labour

25 September-1 October 2017. Monday-Sunday. Rail Safety Week. More info: RSW-1 and RSW-2

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25 September 2017. Monday. CfBT West and North Yorkshire Rail Group. Venue: Grove pub, Bridgewater Place Tower, Leeds, LS11 5PL. 19.30.

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26-27 September 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. "TunnelTech 2017". Venue: IMechE, London. More info: IMechE

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26 September 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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27 September 2017. Wednesday. "Developing leadership capacity in yourself and leading others". Webinar. 12.00-13.00. More info: IMechE

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28 September 2017. Thursday. Freight rail usage Q1 2017/18 - freight moved, freight lifted, normalised freight delay - published. More info: ORR

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30 September-22 October 2017. Saturday-Sunday. Liverpool Lime Street service alterations during station upgrade works. More info: Liverpool Lime Street

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30 September 2017. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia open meeting. Venue: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Street, Norwich, NR2 1EW. 14.00. More info: RfEA

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East Midlands new franchise bids due.

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1-4 October 2017. Sunday-Wednesday. Conference in Manchester. More info: Conservative

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2 October 2017. Monday. Close of consultation on Mayor of London's draft Transport Strategy 2017.

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2 October 2017. Monday. Close of consultation on future of Breich station, Shotts line.

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

3 October 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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4-6 October 2017. Wednesday-Friday. European Transport Conference. 
Casa Convalescència,
 Barcelona. ETC

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5 October 2017. Thursday. Passenger rail usage Q1 2017/18 - Passenger train KM, Passenger KM, journeys, revenue - published. More info: ORR

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

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5 October 2017. Thursday. Community Rail Awards. Derby. More info: ACoRP

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7-10 October 2017. Saturday-Tuesday. Autumn Conference in Harrogate. More info: Greens

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7 October 2017. Saturday. Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association AGM at White Lion, Machynlleth. 15.00. All welcome. More info: SARPA

9-15 October 2017. Monday-Sunday. Rail Week 2017. More info: RW-1 and RW-2

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9 October 2017. Monday. Permanent Way Institution, South & West Wales section. "Light Rail Systems in their Environments". Speaker: Alan Wilkins, The Light Rail Association. Venue: Network Rail Office, 5th Floor, 5 Callaghan Square, Cardiff, CF10 5BT. 17.15-19.15. More info: PWI

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9 October 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 October 2017. Saturday. Infrastructure & Networks Group meeting. London. Email: nigel.perkins at railfuture.org.uk

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14 October 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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15 October 2017. Sunday. London Midland Direct Award due to end (eligible for up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension); West Midlands new franchise due to commence.

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16 October 2017. Monday. Avocet Line RUG AGM. Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, nr Exeter, EX3 0HR. 19.30-21.00. More info: ALRUG

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17 October 2017. Tuesday. 6th annual Planning for Infrastructure in Wales conference. Venue: TBC. 08.45-16.45. More info: WF

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18 October 2017. Wednesday. Permanent Way Institution, Nottingham & Derby section. "The East-West Rail Project." Speaker: Alex Heward, Laing O'Rourke. Venue: Jurys Inn Hotel, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ. 18.30-23.00. More info: PWI

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19 October 2017. Thursday. "Next steps for UK infrastructure investment post-Brexit". London. 08.30-13.00. More info: weetf

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19 October 2017. Thursday. "Innovation for tomorrow's railway - young engineers' railway seminar". Venue: IMechE, London. More info: IMechE

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21 October 2017. Saturday. Branches and Groups Day. Birmingham. Email: chris.page at railfuture.org.uk

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

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

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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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West Coast Partnership new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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1 November 2017. Wednesday. 1st annual Rail Network Resilience Forum. 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. 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. "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 national autumn conference at the Curve Theatre, Leicester. More info: conferences

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

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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. "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. 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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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. 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 2017 Transport-led development in the Midlands. Venue: DLA Piper, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4DL. 08.45-16.15. More info: WF

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

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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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14-15 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. World Rail Festival, Amsterdam. More info: WRF

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

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

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21-22 November 2017. Tuesday-Wednesday. Caspian and Central Asia Rail in 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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21 November 2017. Tuesday. 2nd annual Rolling Stock Procurement Forum. Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG. 08.45-17.05. More info: WF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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 - V1.4, March 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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January


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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
system operator (NSO), including incentives and NSO outputs.

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

February


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

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

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6-7 February 2018. Tuesday. 6th annual 2018 Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum. More info: WF

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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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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.

March


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Cross Country new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

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20 March 2018. "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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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.

April


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West Coast Direct Award ends/1-year Service Continuation Contract begins.

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

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

3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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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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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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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.
East Midlands new franchise - contract award expected.

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12 June 2018. 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 - V1.4, March 2017

July


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

August


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South Eastern new franchise award expected. See EoI and Prospectus.
Cross Country new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

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'

September


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Great Western new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

October


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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.

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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 - V1.4, March 2017

November


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West Coast Partnership new franchise award expected.

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11 November 2018. East Midlands Trains franchise (including up to 13 additional 'reporting periods' extension to March 2019, with 9-period extension by DfT assumed until November 2018) ends; East Midlands new franchise due to commence.

December


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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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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 - V1.4, March 2017

2019


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.

March


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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 - V1.4, March 2017

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

April


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West Coast Partnership new franchise due to commence.

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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.

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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

June


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Cross Country new franchise award expected.

October


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Arriva CrossCountry Direct Award due to end (additional 1-13 reporting periods extension available at Transport Secretary discretion); new franchise due to commence.

November


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

December


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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


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

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.

April


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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.

May


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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.

July


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

October


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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.

2021


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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.

6 May 2021. Thursday. UK local elections.

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16 May 2021. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

June


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

August


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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.

September


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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.

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.

March


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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.

September


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

December


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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.

March


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East Anglia new franchise Expressions of Interest invited from bidders.

April


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

May


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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.

August


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East Anglia new franchise Invitation To Tender expected.

December


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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.

October


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

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


2028


Merseyrail concession due for renewal.

2029


April


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

November


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Essex Thameside franchise ends (eligible for up to 7 additional 'reporting periods' extension)

2030


March


Caledonian Sleeper franchise ends.

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its national AGM for members). The conferences are competitively priced, to be within rail users' price range, and are open to everyone. Railfuture members are usually offered a chance to attend conferences at a discounted rate if booked early.

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