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« on: August 27, 2018, 09:46:07 am »

RailFuture National Conference, Reading - https://www.railfuture.org.uk/conferences

Speakers:

Howard Smith, Operations Director, Crossrail, Transport for London (Crossrail)
(talking about: An insight into Crossrail and its forthcoming launch)

Anna Holbrook, Sponsor for Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Network Rail
(talking about: Western rail access to Heathrow Airport project)

Howard Elliot, Project Engineering Manager, Network Rail
(talking about: Electrification on the Great Western project)

Cllr Tony Page, Reading Borough Council
(talking about: Reading Transport and Integration)

Ian Baxter, SLC Rail
(talking about: Stations and projects they are progressing, including reading Green Park, Worcestershire Parkway and Wantage Grove)

Graham Cross, Chief Executive, Heathrow Southern Railway

Early Bird discount - RailFuture members who sign up to go along can get a reduction until 31st August.   Interestingly, 16 to 25 railcard holders (but not holders of other railcards) can get an even better reduction - I think I smell an attempt to convert rail future away from it's "old men" image.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 11:00:27 am »

Is that the complete list of speakers? If so it hardly seems to be a national conference. With the exception of the talk about Worcestershire Parkway, Most of those speakers seem to be talking about projects on or near the GWML to the east of Reading.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 11:18:38 am »

Is that the complete list of speakers? If so it hardly seems to be a national conference. With the exception of the talk about Worcestershire Parkway, Most of those speakers seem to be talking about projects on or near the GWML to the east of Reading.

I believe that the RailFuture approach for their nationwide conferences is to choose (for the most part) excellent speakers in the same region as the event / organising branch, so that the event is very much a showcase of what's good in that region for other regions to learn from.

I attended their late spring / early summer event in Carlisle - and found it very interesting to learn about Thornhill, the campaign for extending the Borders Railway to Carlisle, progress on the Settle and Carlisle, and electric proposals across The Penines and within the Northern Powerhouse;  I should add there was some excellent stuff on effective campaigning in the rail environment, and a look forward to the RailFuture future.

As someone who occasionally helps organise events, I am very much aware that speakers occasionally have to pull out close to an event - so I would treat the list with a pinch of salt in terms of being "full and final".  One of our forum members has a national role with RailFuture, and is in the organising branch - so I expect you'll get a further follow ...
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2018, 11:03:53 am »

Wonder if they will have actually started Reading Green Park by then?

Or completed Cow Lane Bridge.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 12:44:09 pm »

1. Doubt it

2. Certainly not
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2018, 05:18:43 pm »

It looks a fantastic line up of speakers , far better than conferences that cost many hundreds of pounds, Grahame is right, Railfuture are showcasing the Thames Valley , there is probably more going in here, than anywhere else in the Country.
Do not underestimate the scale of investment going on, itís easy to take it for granted , donít forget how bad it was in the 1980,s.

I am definatly going , lots to learn and CPD . 
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2018, 05:54:58 pm »

Paid and diarised. Look forward to meeting any other Coffee Shop members there on the day.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2018, 10:14:14 pm »

Sadly I don't think I can make it. Do they publish summaries of presentations? 
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2018, 09:03:34 pm »

Yes, a summary and slides, should be available.
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2018, 01:47:18 pm »

Booked my spot too.

I've never been to something like this before, looking forward to it
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2018, 04:10:38 pm »

Hope to be there too, booked my ticket.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2018, 01:27:08 pm »

Bookings still open ... until 8th ... https://www.railfuture.org.uk/conferences/

There were four or five Coffee Shop members at the GWR Stakeholder's meeting in Paddington a couple of weeks ago, and at least three - possibly more - at Minehead last Tuesday evening.  Looks like we'll top those numbers at Reading a week from today.

Lunch is 55 minutes from 13:15 - I suggest we all gather directly the morning session finishes and rather than stand in the inevitable buffet queueueue for 10 minutes, to grab a group photo.   By which time the wait for lunch will be shorter.

If you don't know what I look like:
and - however frightening that may look (sorry!) ... I would love it if members say "hello" if they see me around ... anywhere.
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2018, 12:02:03 pm »

Advice is that limited places remain available for the RailFuture event tomorrow ... if anyone's coming to this at the last minute - come along and you'll probably be able to get in - subject to limits of venue capacity.   As there are no rumours of The Queen, Gemma Collins, Cameron Cole, Tim Bowles, Francis Drake or Iasmbird Brunowl turning up, I would not expect queues out of the door.
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2018, 05:42:01 pm »

Good to see five members there ... meet a couple of new faces.

I'm currently on the infamous 17:36 from Swindon - not too infamous now that it's two carriages.  No less than 84 passengers on board and it's a Saturday! ...  Feels very rewarding / job done ... a train that didn't exist five years ago ...
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