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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.

Our most recent national conference, held near Bristol, was on Saturday 21 September 2019.
Click Bristol conference for more details.


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.

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 6 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, and how to enter.

The awards are judged by a panel of Railfuture Vice-Presidents, and from their inauguration in 2012 until 2018 the awards were announced by our Honorary President Christian Wolmar at our annual Autumn Conference.
The next RUG Awards are planned to be presented at the 2020 AGM in Birmingham.

AGM and other members - only meetings

The national Annual General Meeting for Railfuture members is held in May 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 is announced, and motions submitted by members are discussed and voted on.

For details of the 2019 national AGM click on Cardiff 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 national Board or national groups.

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