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June 2019
Visit to iPort RailBook Now
Start Date:24/06/2019 16:15:00
End Date:24/06/2019 18:00:00
Event Code:SYKG0339

When: 24th June 2019, 16:00 for 16:15 - 18:00
Where: iPort Terminal, Great Yorkshire Way, Rossington, Loversall, Doncaster DN11 0BG
Meeting Point: iPort Terminal building

Speaker: David Cross

A fantastic opportunity for CILT to visit this brand new purpose built inland rail facility to see the new railhead and container traffic development of multi-modal inter-connectivity.
This is red hot over the media with direct rail services from Felixstowe and Southampton to iPort and a new service to Teesport and back.

The delegate list for this event will be vetted

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: SYKG0339

Edinburgh Tram – Bringing the Dream to Reality – a 5 year journeyBook Now
Start Date:25/06/2019 18:30:00
End Date:25/06/2019 19:45:00
Event Code:RSF0044

When: 25 June 18:00 (for 18:30) - 19:45
Where: The Gable, 25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AR 

Speaker: Charlene Wallace, Chair, Edinburgh Tram & Peter Cushing

Edinburgh Tram is one of the UK public transport success stories. A long time in the making and not without controversy, it is now a public favourite. If you wish to understand more about how such a significant project gets up and running and brought into successful use – then this is for you.

This event has an open bar.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: RSF0044
July 2019
Integrated Transport Systems for North WalesBook Now
Start Date:03/07/2019 18:30:00
End Date:03/07/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:WR0380

When: 03 July 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: Imperial Hotel, The Promenade, Vaughan St, Llandudno LL30 1AP

Speaker: Mr Dewi Rowlands, Deputy Director, Welsh Government; Mr Lee Robinson, Director, Transport for Wales; Mr Iwan Prys-Jones, Programme Manager, North Wales Economic Ambition Board.

The CILT North Wales Group has brought together three of the senior agents of change in one event on the emerging future Integrated Transport Systems in North Wales. Representatives of Welsh Government, North Wales Economic Ambition Board and Transport for Wales have come together to deliver a participative, exciting and informative evening. A state of the nation briefing for the emerging transport order in North Wales followed by an interactive discussion session on the key topic areas raised by the three speakers from Policy, through Planning to Delivery.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code:  WR0380

5G Sector Specfic Testbeds and Trials funding Round TableBook Now
Start Date:12/07/2019 09:30:00
End Date:12/07/2019 13:00:00
Event Code:COR0378

Friday 12th July 2019 (9:00 registration) 9:30 start - 12:15 finish
Where: Manufacturing Technology Centre, MTC Limited, Ansty Park, Coventry, CV7 9JU

This is a unique opportunity for companies to learn about 5G capabilities and how they can be used to develop new value propositions that embrace the potential of future disruptive technologies.

By attending the round table, you can expect:

  • An overview of 5G and its potential impact in the sectors of manufacturing/logistics
  • It will demonstrate 5G use cases, explain how 5G compares to other connectivity (including but not limited to 4G, LAN and WIFI)
  • An introduction to help with the building of consortia that will bid into the upcoming 5G Sector Testbeds and Trials competition.
  • Opportunities to answer key questions regarding the application of 5G into the sector and what potential bids for the competition might look like.

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to organisations looking to understand 5G in the manufacturing/logistics space. We are seeking a varied audience of senior executives from all sizes of businesses, from startups to large corporates.


09:00 Arrivals, networking and coffe
09:30 Welcome note & introductions
10:00 Project context
10:15 5G analysis report/use cases
10:45 5G Sector Specific Testbeds & Trials funding
11:15 Open discussion: 5G in logistics/manufacturing
12:00 Closing remarks (15 mins)

As announced by Jeremy Wright in June, this new 5G Sector Testbeds & Trials competition will have £40m available for match-funded projects over the next 2.5 years, representing a great new opportunity for innovation across the manufacturing industries and its UK supply chain. You can read the DCMS press release here.

If you’d like to find out more about the round table, or to register your place, then please book on below.


Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, Digital Catapult, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0378



September 2019
Mail Rail and Postal MuseumBook Now
Start Date:17/09/2019 15:00:00
End Date:17/09/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:GTG0365

When: Tuesday 17th September, 15:00 - 17:00
Where: Mail Rail & Postal Museum, 15 – 20 Pheonix Place, London WC1X 0DA
Meeting Point: Museum entrance

Visit to the postal museum run by the Postal Heritage Trust to learn about Britain’s postal heritage and to travel on the recently created Mail Rail exhibit which recreates part of the old Post Office Railway used to transport letters around London. Note specific conditions apply for those with mobility issues see website for details

Book online now or contact Membership Services with your completed booking form, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code:  GTG0365

Cost: Member: £13.50; Non-Member: £13.50

October 2019
Study visit to Australia 2019Book Now
Start Date:13/10/2019 09:00:00
End Date:25/10/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:RSF0027

When: 13 - 25 October 2019 
Where: Sydney and MelbourneAustralia

Grow your status as a global rail guru with the CILT RSF Australia visit

Apply for a place by 22nd February with just a £200 non-refundable deposit – only 50 places are available for this riveting railway visit!

From only £1730 to £2,270 (Travel to and from Australia not included) – don’t miss this special event!

The Railway Study Forum has put together a breath-taking programme of stimulating, scintillating and exhilarating events from across the transport spectrum of Australia, between the 13 and 25 October 2019.

The study visit enables key knowledge transfers about rail, road, maritime and logistics in Australia, in an action-packed way. Enjoy the visit alongside International railway experts from all disciplines – a chance in a lifetime – not to be missed! Come one, come all – young, old and everyone in between – only together can we learn and innovate for the next generation of railways.

The visit starts and finishes in Australia, allowing delegates to select their own tailor-made preference for travel and airport of entry.

Highlights of the visit include:  Two topical seminars, New construction for Sydney and Melbourne metros, Hunter Valley Coal Chain in Newcastle, 'Secret Train Tunnels', Barangaroo Delivery Authority, a walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with experts describing its history and maintenance, a tour of the Port of Melbourne, a trip on the Victorian Goldfields Railway, and a drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.  The trip would not be complete without visiting the largest tram network in the world at Yarra Depot in Melbourne with a special tram tour ending at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Attendance for the full programme will qualify for approx 40 hours CPD.

To find out all you need to know about the visit please click here - *last updated 29/01/2019

To apply for your place on the visit please complete the application form, found here. Once complete please email to

Your application will be acknowledged via email. Final confirmation of your place will follow before the 28 February

Rail Operations GroupBook Now
Start Date:15/10/2019 09:00:00
End Date:15/10/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:SR0471

When: 15 October 17:30 (for 18:00) - 19:30
Where: Royal Scots Club 29-31 Abercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Karl Watts, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Operations Group

Rail Operations Group is a train operating company who specialise in the testing, commissioning and delivery of newly-built passenger rolling stock. They also provide a range of other engineering based services to support existing, re-engineered and off-lease passenger train fleets. Now they aspire to introduce a national logistics operation which, using specially-converted high-speed fleet, would move smaller consignments swiftly around the country and, assisted by electric autonomous vehicles for uplift or final delivery, could achieve real modal shift towards a more efficient and environmentally friendly basis for distribution.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book by sending your completed booking form to or contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: SR0471

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member:£10

Highland Spring Rail ProjectBook Now
Start Date:29/10/2019 14:00:00
End Date:29/10/2019 16:00:00
Event Code:SR0475

When: 29 October 13:45 (for 14:00) - 16:00
Where: Highland Spring Group, Stirling Street, Blackford, Perthshire, PH4 1QA
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Ken Russell & Morwen Mands

Scotland's first brand-new railfreight terminal in many years is under construction at Blackford in Perthshire to serve the bottling plant of Highland Spring. The operator will be John G Russell Ltd, and Ken Russell of Russell Logistics and Morwen Mands from Highland Spring will be telling us how this new flow fits in with the customer's business philosophy and with Russell’s own operations. Ken is the current Chair of the Rail Freight Group.
Weather permitting we will take a walk up the hillside to look down on the works so please bring suitable footwear and a waterproof jacket.

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £10.00
Refreshments will be provided.

Book by completing your booking form and send through to or alternatively contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: SR0475

November 2019
Transport : the gift to newshounds that keeps on givingBook Now
Start Date:19/11/2019 18:00:00
End Date:19/11/2019 19:30:00
Event Code:SR0473

When: 19 November 17:30 (for 18:00 - 19:30)
Where: Royal Scots Club 29-31 Abercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Alastair Dalton, transport correspondent of The Scotsman

Alastair Dalton is Scotland's leading transport correspondent, writing for both The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, reporting news and reflecting in his regular Inside Transport column on the state of our transport networks. There he recently listed bus, air and car as his least favourite modes, with rail in the middle and his preferred modes for at least local journeys as walking and especially electric bikes.  The conflict at local level between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians over allocation of road space has attracted his attention, and he has observed the ability of especially the rail industry to shoot itself in the foot.

A light buffet will be provided.

Book by completing your booking form and sending it through to Membership Services quoting the event code: SR0473 or telephone on 01536 740104

Cost Members Free; Non-Members £10

December 2019
Hitachi Rail Factory VisitBook Now
Start Date:11/12/2019 16:00:00
End Date:11/12/2019 18:30:00
Event Code:TTG0322

When: 11 December 15:30 (for 16:00) - 18:30
Where: Hitachi Rail Europe, Merchant Park, Millennium Way, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6UG
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: TBC

The manufacturing and assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham supports the DfT-led Intercity Express Programme and future Hitachi Rail projects. The decision to manufacture and assemble rolling stock at these premises is a fundamental building block in Hitachi Rail Europe’s strategy for growth.

This is a great opportunity for members to visit and the tour the assembly plant in the North East.

Factory scope
• 35 vehicles can be manufactured each month
• Production capability includes: high-speed trains, commuter trains and metro trains
• Research & development facility and test track on site
• £82 million investment, plant fully owned by Hitachi Rail Europe
• Our trains will be manufactured in the UK for use across the UK and Europe

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: TTG0322

January 2020
Spa Valley RailwayBook Now
Start Date:21/01/2020 19:00:00
End Date:21/01/2020 20:30:00
Event Code:GTG0367

When: 21 January 2020, 18:30 (for 19:00) - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre , Warwick Crescent, Redhill , Surrey

Speaker: Brian Halford

Presentation on the history and development of the Spa Valley Railway . The Tunbridge Wells to Eridge line ran from the (now) HQ of the Spa Valley Railway at Tunbridge Wells West from 1866 to its closure in 1985. After an amazing effort by members of TWERPS (you'll find out what this means at the meeting), the line was again opened through to Groombridge in August 1997 and finally to Eridge in 2011. Brian will give an illustrated talk on the railway's history from just before closure in 1985 to more recent developments. Whilst this meeting is free a contribution to the speakers cost will be welcome and collected on day

A light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GTG0367

March 2020
The Light Rail Safety and Standards BoardBook Now
Start Date:17/03/2020 19:00:00
End Date:17/03/2020 20:30:00
Event Code:GTG0366

When: 17 March 2020 18:30 (for 19:00) - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre, Warick Crescent, London Road, Redhill, RH1 1NN
Meeting Point: Foyer

Speaker: Luke Y. Albanese - BA (Hons) MSc CMILT,Director, Albanese Consulting Limited

Based upon his knowledge of the industry and his experience, Luke will present a summary of the work of this newly established, officially sanctioned, industry body, which is developing a consistent and comprehensive approach to light rail system risk management, accident prevention and accident and incident reporting.  The new body will develop an industry set of Light Rail technical and safety standards for existing and new scheme promoters.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code:  GTG0366


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