Trent Junction: the heart of the East Midlands rail network
- 2021 Branch AGM, incorporating the 2020 AGM: Saturday 25th September 2021; from 12:30 to 13:30; online with Zoom. Followed at 14:00 by an Open Meeting with a guest speaker from CrossCountry. The AGM is for members of East Midlands Branch only. Members of other Branches, members' guests and prospective members are welcome at the Open Meeting. If you are a member of East Midlands Branch, you will receive joining instructions with your other AGM information. If you are a prospective member, or a member of another Branch, please request them from the Branch Secretary, eastmidlands at railfuture.org.uk. (Previously advertised to take place at the Midland Hotel, Derby.)
- Open Branch Meeting (all members and prospective members welcome) preceded by Committee Meeting: October or November 2021; date, time and venue tbc.
- Pre-Christmas railway conversation: December 2021; date, time and venue tbc.
- Open Branch Meeting (all members and prospective members welcome) preceded by Committee Meeting: January or February 2022; date, time and venue tbc.
- 2022 Branch AGM: Saturday 2nd April 2022; from 12:30 to 13:15; Midland Hotel, Derby. Followed at 14:00 by an Open Meeting with a guest speaker. The AGM is for members of East Midlands Branch only. Members of other Branches, members' guests and prospective members are welcome at the Open Meeting.
Railfuture has produced a two-page checklist for you to complete when you visit a station. We will assess where stations are "easy" to use based on feedback from this survey. This could be a great excuse to get out and about after the pandemic! View or download the checklist from one of these links. It asks for submission by 31st August, but this deadline has now been suspended to allow more stations to be covered.
View or download the latest East Midlands Branch Update from one of these links.
eastmidlands at railfuture.org.uk.
The best way to decide whether you want to work with us is to come along to one of our regular Open Branch Meetings (see list above). Whatever your age, gender, background or personal quirks, you will be welcome; the railways are, or should be, for everyone! As well as discussing the ongoing business of the Branch, we often have special guests, most typically from the rail industry; you will get an opportunity to meet these people in an informal setting and give them your views. We consider building relationships to be the most important part of rail campaigning: with all elements of the rail industry, with politicians and their officials both local and national, with other groups campaigning for similar ends. Second, we put considerable effort into compiling responses to formal consultations, as contributions to a national Railfuture response where the consultation is of a national nature, although we always aim and prefer to advise the authors of such documents at an earlier stage; this saves everybody time and effort!
View or download Railfuture East Midlands response to the consultation on the Midlands Connect Transport Strategy Refresh, prepared on behalf of East Midlands, West Midlands and Lincolnshire Branches.
View or download Railfuture East Midlands recommendations in response to the National Infrastructure Commission's Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North.
Railfuture's greatest strength is its national nature; as an organisation, we can see the big picture. In order for this to mean anything on the ground, Railfuture's Branches need to work together on issues of shared interest, for example an inter-regional line or service. For East Midlands Branch, due to the central nature of our region, working with other Branches is of particular importance. Active East Midlands Branch members who are additionally prepared to attend meetings of other Branches or Railfuture national events are highly valued. Our use of Railfuture's national brand brings with it a responsibility to be ambassadors for Railfuture and advocates for rail among the general public. We take a publicity stall to suitable events, and can offer speakers to other organisations. These activities offer roles to active members who feel more comfortable in such environments than with rail professionals or officialdom. If, however, you really feel you would prefer to focus on rail campaigning at a more local level, we hope you will still join Railfuture, if not already a member, but suggest you become actively involved instead with one of the groups listed below. Or start your own!
Friends of the Derwent Valley Line, the current branch line between Derby and Matlock.
Harborough Rail Users
Friends of Hinckley Station
Campaign to Reopen the Ivanhoe Line (CRIL) (between Leicester and Burton-upon-Trent)
Kettering Rail Users: contact through us if necessary.
Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP), campaigning to reopen the Peaks and Dales Line between Matlock and Buxton.
Friends of Narborough Station
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Great Central Railway
Great Central Railway (Nottingham)
Tweets by RailfutureEMids
Email enquiries to Steve Jones, Branch Secretary, eastmidlands at railfuture.org.uk
Media enquiries to Ariadne Tampion, Branch Chair, 01509 211468, ariadne.tampion at railfuture.org.uk
Please go to the Join page to become a member of Railfuture.