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. The successful 'Attracting Passengers Back to Rail' Zoom webinar, first staged in October 2020) was repeated in January 2022 to assess progress made by the rail industry (and government) and to see whether rail users' views had changed.

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

2022/Bristol (AGM) [link]

  • Sat 16/07/2022 17th Railfuture Ltd AGM
  • Plus presentation of 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 cabaret style
    • 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.
    • All paperwork was completed on Tue 08/03/2022. It is now too late to include anything for the AGM in the standard mailing with Railwatch.
    • Proxy voting and registering your attendance is now open (click HERE to do so online) and paper forms must be received by the Membership Renewals officer, Lloyd Butler (see details on AGM notice) by 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 [book].
    • The venue does not allow people to eat their own food on the premises.
  • Lunch Prices for Bristol AGM: [book]
    • £10.00 - Standard Lunch


  • 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.
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Terms and Conditions

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Selected past event

2018/Reading [link]

  • Sat 10/11/2018 Rail driving growth in the Thames Valley
  • Plus presentation of 2018 Rail User Group Awards. Railfuture Vice-President Stewart Palmer will make the RUG Award presentations

    Photos above show: (left) opening of the rebuilt Reading station and (right) permanent track installed between Stepney Green and Pudding Mill Lane for Crossrail, which is one of the topics of the conference

  • Richard Stow, chair of Railfuture Thames Valley branch said: "Reading's the focus of British transport investment right now, with electrification, new trains, and much more to come.
    "Our speakers have given up their time to give us a glimpse of the future. They'll give us updates on Crossrail to the heart of London, and Reading's new 24-minute service to the heart of Heathrow, as well as progress on new stations, including Green Park, and the exciting scheme to connect Heathrow to Surrey and the South West.
    "This conference promises one of the best ever line-ups of speakers, so if you are interested in global warming, the environment, transport, or just want to know why Reading is so successful, please come along, you don't need to be an expert."
  • Hosted by Railfuture Thames Valley branch
  • It was held at Hotel Novotel Reading Centre

  • Read a [Press Release] ("Guest speakers - why you should attend") about the conference.
  • Read a [Press Release] ("RUG Award winners") about the conference.

  • Howard Smith, Operations Director, Crossrail, Transport for London (Crossrail) (talked about: An insight into Crossrail and its forthcoming launch) Twitter Image Facebook Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Anna Holbrook, Sponsor for Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Network Rail (talked about: Western rail access to Heathrow Airport project) Twitter Image Facebook Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Jill Poyton, Sponsor of Great Western Electrification, Network Rail (talked about: Electrification on the Great Western) Twitter Image Facebook Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Cllr Tony Page, Reading Borough Council (talked about: Reading Transport and Integration) Twitter Image Facebook Image
  • Ian Walters, Managing Director, SLC Rail (talked about: Stations and projects they are progressing, including reading Green Park, Worcestershire Parkway and Wantage Grove) Twitter Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)
  • Graham Cross, Chief Executive, Heathrow Southern Railway Twitter Image - click [Download] or [Display] for the speaker's slides (PDF format)

Past events for each year

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

2022 Webinar
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