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Note that virtual meetings and other events are marked ONLINE.

Conferences

Our next in-person national conference, held in Leeds, will be on Thursday 15 September 2022. Click Leeds 2022 for more details.

Railfuture's previous conference took place as a 90-minute ONLINE event on Wednesday 12 January 2022. Click Webinar for further details; or watch the recording.

Railfuture conferences are competitively priced and are open to everyone. Speakers come from rail promoters, transport authorities, train operators, Network Rail and stakeholder groups. Railfuture members can benefit from 'early-bird' discount bookings, while non-members can benefit from an attractive discounted 'attend-and-join' package.

Events

There are many free or low-priced events across Britain for volunteers such as Railfuture members, and the general public, as well as more expensive conferences organised by and for professionals. Look out for those now ONLINE.

Click events for a month by month list. Inclusion in the list does not imply Railfuture endorsement of the event.

Rail dates

Public consultations, franchising dates, official publications, Control Period 7 planning dates, and service alterations for some railway improvement projects.

Click rail dates and then choose a section heading for key dates.

RUG Awards

Railfuture organises Rail User Group (RUG) Awards, which aim to recognise and reward local volunteers who come together and work tirelessly to improve their local railway and stations on behalf of their passengers, efforts which all-too-often would otherwise pass unheralded. Newsletters, websites, campaigns, campaigners, new groups, and use of social media - all are in the field for the 'shy and retiring' to be bold and have a go at celebrating success!

Click RUG Awards for details of the wide variety of winners in previous years. Nominations for the 2021-22 awards closed on 16 April 2022.
Note: the award for Best RUG Campaigner is open to non-members as well as members of Railfuture alike, and must not be confused with the separate Railfuture Campaigner of the Year which as the name implies is exclusive to Railfuture members only.

The awards are judged by a panel of Railfuture Vice-Presidents, and from inauguration in 2012 until 2018 the awards were announced by our Honorary President Christian Wolmar at our annual Autumn Conferences.
The most recent RUG Awards were presented at the 2022 AGM, held very near Bristol Parkway station on Saturday 16 July 2022.

Railfuture Campaigner of the Year

Nominations for Railfuture Campaigner of the Year are now closed.
For future reference, do you know someone who has successfully campaigned for a new or improved rail service, contributed to the success of Railfuture or raised our profile? Perhaps they work behind the scenes, helping their local branch or engaging stakeholders. If you think they deserve recognition we want to hear about them:
  • Nominations may be made by any member of Railfuture;
  • Any and only Railfuture members are eligible to be nominated;
  • The deadline for nominations to be received was 17 June 2022.
To submit a nomination, send a written statement of not more than 500 words identifying how the nominee has contributed to Railfuture's mission to be the number one advocate for rail users and the rail industry, and how they have enhanced Railfuture's campaigning for a bigger better railway, to Membership Director Wendy Thorne at wendy.thorne at railfuture.org.uk.

The 2022 award was presented at the national AGM on Saturday 16 July 2022.

Previous awards

Dennis Fancett, chair of SENRUG, presented by Allison Cosgrove in 2021 for the Ashington Blyth and Tyne reopening campaign success. Photo by Dave Shaw.
Dennis Fancett, chair of SENRUG, presented by Allison Cosgrove in 2021 for the Ashington Blyth and Tyne reopening campaign success. Photo by Dave Shaw.

Ariadne Tampion, then chair of East Midlands branch, presented by Christian Wolmar in 2019 for the 'InterCity Kitty' campaign for improved Derby - Crewe services. Photo by Peter Travis.
Ariadne Tampion, then chair of East Midlands branch, presented by Christian Wolmar in 2019 for the 'InterCity Kitty' campaign for improved Derby - Crewe services. Photo by Peter Travis.


AGM and other members - only meetings

The national Annual General Meeting for Railfuture members is held between May and July each year. The agenda is published online and with Railwatch in March. At the AGM, the annual report and accounts are received, the result of elections to the Board of Directors is announced, and motions submitted by members are discussed and voted on.

For details of the 2022 national AGM click on Bristol AGM. For reports on previous AGMs and previous Annual Reports, click on Railfuture Organisation.

For details of other national Railfuture meetings but open only to elected/selected members click on Board or National Groups.

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