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Help save our railway

Government advice not to travel by rail unless "essential", "necessary" or "absolutely necessary" — the words seem to vary across train operators and government departments — creates the greatest risk to the future of the railway for decades. Indeed they risk collapsing the sustained growth seen since 1995. Potential cuts in services, quality and investment, arising from reduced patronage, must not be allowed to happen.

Railfuture is campaigning to change the message to persuade people to return to rail (safely, of course) in order to secure the long-term future of the railway. The more people that Raifuture can say it represents the better, so please consider joining us.

Help improve our railway

Railfuture campaigns strongly on behalf of all rail users for a bigger and better railway that will make life easier for current and future passengers:

  • value for money fares
  • better customer service
  • more seats and better on-board facilities
  • more frequent, reliable services
  • quicker, easier journeys
  • more accessible trains and stations
  • new services, stations and lines
  • shifting freight from road to rail.
Join us to help make your rail journey better. As a member, you'll enjoy the support of a campaigning, voluntary organisation which is passionate about improving the services that our railways deliver.

You can meet other members at your local branch meetings or our national conferences, contribute to our newsletters, magazine and website, and choose to play an active role in our campaigns.

Members and subscribers both receive our magazine, Railwatch, four times a year, information from their local/nominated Railfuture branch and invitations to conferences and events (members are also invited to the AGM). Members can attend conferences at the 'early bird' special rate (two members per RUG) and receive discounts on certain books and merchandise.

The more members we have, the more influence we can exert on rail investment and operational decisions. Membership is welcomed from throughout the world.

Join Us!

Membership of Railfuture is by an annual membership fee. It is £20 for individuals (£22 for joint), £14 if aged under 26, £25 for Rail User Groups, Local Authorities, and £35 for Businesses.

You can subscribe to Railwatch magazine without becoming a member of Railfuture. You would not receive the accounts or have any voting rights, and although you can be involved with Railfuture activites you could not hold an official position.

If you are already a member/subscriber and wish to renew, please click Renew Now, or click the 'Self-Care' option on the Member Services page to update your consents to receive communications.

Please select the category of membership you or your organisation require from the first drop-down list below, enter a promotional code (if you have one) and click on the 'buy now' button. To subscribe then choose the number of years in the second box and click on the 'buy now' button.

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This 'Buy Now' button will take you to the PayPal page where you can safely make your payment either using an existing PayPal account or your credit/debit card. If you have a non-UK credit/debit card there may be issues with PayPal depending on the country in which it is registered (e.g. Germany) because additional information is required. Please email treasurer at in this case.

Alternatively you can download an application form here (PDF format), which should then be sent to:
Membership Secretary, Railfuture, 1 Queens Road, Barnetby le Wold, North Lincolnshire DN38 6JH.

Terms and Conditions - Membership

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Any enquiries about new membership can be sent to the Membership Secretary at the Lincolnshire address above, or email membership at


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About Railfuture

Railfuture is an independent, voluntary group representing rail users in Britain with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions, and all members have an equal say.

Railfuture campaigns for cheap and convenient rail services for everyone; better links for buses, bikes and pedestrians; policies to get more heavy lorries on to rail; new lines, stations and freight terminals. In short, a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight.

Railfuture is pro-rail but not anti-road or anti-air. However, we campaign for a switch from road and air to rail. We do not interfere in the running of the railway - we campaign for the quality and range of services provided, not how they are delivered. We are the only champion of all rail users.

Railfuture is the campaigning name of Railfuture Ltd.

A not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 05011634.

Registered Office: Edinburgh House, 1-5 Bellevue Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7NP (for legal correspondence only).

All other correspondence to 24 Chedworth Place, Tattingstone, Suffolk IP9 2ND

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