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Railfuture Conferences and Webinars

Railfuture now holds one major national conference each year, in late summer/early autumn (in addition to its AGM for members). We aim only to cover our costs. 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 at a discounted rate. We also produce free-to-attend Webinars.

Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the organisations who have spoken at conferences and webinars include Anglia Railways, Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Association of Train Operating Companies, Cardiff International Airport, Centro, Chester-le-Track, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry Trains, Delta Rail, East Coast, East Midlands Trains, East West Rail Consortium, Eurostar, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, First Transpennine Express, Furrer + Frey GB, Grand Central, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Southern Railway, Hitachi Rail Europe, HS2, London Midland, London Overground Railway Operations, Merseytravel, MyTestTrack.com, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Northern (Arriva Rail North), Nottingham Express Transit, Parry People Movers, Port Of Sunderland, Rail Delivery Group, RSSB, ScotRail Alliance, SLC Rail, Southeastern, South West Trains, Thameslink and Great Northern, Transpennine Express, TramPower, Transport for Wales Rail, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, UK Rail Leasing, Virgin Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast, Vivarail and West Midlands Trains.

Click HERE to see a list events and speakers for each organisation.

To follow Railfuture's conferences and webinars on Twitter use the hash-tag shown against the event.
Note: this hash-tag is not exclusive to Railfuture.


Future Events

Following the ending of COVID-19 restrictions in England, Railfuture has resumed physical meetings, both at national and branch level. The first was the Railfuture Ltd AGM in Birmingham in July 2021. Because of the possibility that restrictions might be re-imposed, there will be no national meetings for the remainder of 2021. The successful 'Attracting Passengers Back to Rail' Zoom webinar, first staged in October 2020) will be repeated in January 2022 to assess progress made by the rail industry (and government) and to see whether rail users; views have changed.

Click HERE For a list of rail-related events including free-to-attend Railfuture branch meetings

2022/Webinar - RAILFUTURE WEBINAR [link]

  • Wed 12/01/2022 Rail Recovery - how to realise the potential [Why Attend?]
  • This is a free-to-join Zoom Icon event but please register in advance (see below)
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #ReturnToRail
  • Join from 11:15, webinar starts at 11:30 and finishes at 13:00
  • Speakers:
    • Steve White, Managing Director, Southeastern Twitter Image Facebook Image
    • Suzanne Donnelly, Commercial Director, Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) Twitter Image
    • Introduction by Chair (5 minutes), each speaker will give a five-minute presentation (with slides), then a Q&A panel (1 hour), then closing remarks by Chair
    • There will be a minimum of five speakers, including two from Railfuture. Other speakers are being sought
  • Enquiries about the webinar: please email webinar at railfuture.org.uk.
  • Places are still free to book - but bookings for this webinar will close on Wed 12/01/2022 at 10:30
  • Click Register Icon to book using external website

2022/Bristol (AGM) [link]

  • Sat 16/07/2022 17th Railfuture Ltd AGM
  • Plus presentation of 2021 Rail User Group Awards
  • Hosted by Railfuture Severnside branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • Registration from 10:00 with refreshments from 10:30. AGM starts at 11:00. Includes presentation of Railfuture Campaigner of the Year Award, followed by a break for lunch (not at venue). Afternoon session (open to all) has keynote speakers. Close at 15:30
  • Venue: St Michael's Church Centre
    • This venue is modern, attractive and is designed to hold large conferences
    • Room: Large Meeting Room [image]
      • The large meeting room can accommodate up 80 delegates seated in rows
    • The Green, Stoke Gifford, Bristol
    • Postcode: BS34 8PD
    • Phone: 0117 969 2486
    • Route: It is five minutes' walk from Bristol Parkway Station
  • Enquiries about the AGM: please email conferences at railfuture.org.uk.
  • The AGM is open to all current members or their proxy - there is no fee to attend.
    • The deadline for completing AGM paperwork to go in the standard mailing with Railwatch is Thu 10/03/2022. (This is the date when files go to the printer.)
    • Proxy votes and your attendance can be registered between Wed 16/03/2022 and Thu 14/07/2022
    • Motions must be received by the Railfuture Ltd Chair, Chris Page (see details on AGM notice) by Sat 02/07/2022
    • Information about how Railfuture is run, including a copy of the Articles of Association, can be found at Railfuture+organisation.
  • Refreshments are complimentary. Lunch, if required, must be purchased in advance.
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.
  • Sorry but lunch bookings are not being taken yet - please re-visit this website later.

2022/Leeds - RAILFUTURE ANNUAL CONFERENCE [link]

  • Thu 15/09/2022 Turning Point for the Railways
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #rfconference
  • Venue: St George's Centre
    • This venue is modern, attractive and the air-conditioned room chosen is designed to hold large conferences
    • Room: The Hemming Suite
      • This large meeting room can accommodate up 150 delegates depending on layout; Railfuture has chosen a cabaret layout which handles 120 people
    • 60 Great George Street, Leeds
    • Postcode: LS1 3DL
    • Phone: 0113 383 2140
  • Enquiries about the conference: please email conferences at railfuture.org.uk.
  • Sorry but bookings are not being taken yet - please re-visit this website later.
  • There is no 'Early Bird' discount offer for this conference.


Selected past event

1992/Nottingham [link]

  • 1st Rail Reopenings Conference - No further details available


Past events for each year

Up to three national events are held each year. Click on the location to see the details.

2021 Birmingham (AGM)
2020 Birmingham (AGM) Webinar
2019 Cardiff (AGM) Darlington Bristol
2018 Edinburgh (AGM) Carlisle Reading
2017 Peterborough (AGM) Leeds Leicester
2016 Milton Keynes (AGM) Scottish Borders Birmingham
2015 Blackpool (AGM) Newark Bristol
2014 Sheffield (AGM) Cambridge London
2013 Durham (AGM) Taunton Oxford
2012 Worcester (AGM) Stirling Birmingham
2011 Brighton (AGM) Bletchley Manchester
2010 Wrexham (AGM) Taunton London
2009 Leeds (AGM) Northallerton Corby
2008 Coventry (AGM) Salisbury London
2007 Preston (AGM) Glasgow Ely
2006 Swindon (AGM) Stoke Reading
2005 Peterborough (AGM) Barry Manchester
2004 Newcastle (AGM) Birmingham
2003 Birmingham Cardiff (AGM) London
2002 Nottingham (AGM) Derby London
2001 Liverpool (AGM) Poole London
2000 Croydon (AGM) London
1999 York (AGM) Walsall Colchester
1998 Shrewsbury (AGM) Cambridge London
1997 Norwich (AGM) Halifax London
1996 Mansfield (AGM) Bicester London
1995 Exeter (AGM) Bathgate London
1994 Lincoln (AGM) Clitheroe London
1993 Ashford (AGM) Maesteg London
1992 Birmingham (AGM) Nottingham London
1991 Edinburgh (AGM) Birmingham
1990 Manchester (AGM) London
1989 Southampton (AGM) London
1988 Leicester (AGM) London
1987 Newcastle (AGM) London
1986 Cardiff (AGM) London
1985 Wakefield (AGM) London
1984 Ely (AGM) London
1983 Crewe (AGM) London
1982 London Reading (AGM)
1981 Sheffield (AGM) London
1980 London Bristol (AGM) Derby Peterborough
1979 Peterborough (AGM)

Click HERE to see a full list of past events. Looking for something else? Check the LIBRARY