Welcome to RAIL Business Events


Since 1981 RAIL has been designed to be the first choice for anyone interested in today’s railway, whatever their reason. RAIL’s second-to-none news coverage is given context by its top-quality opinion, comment and analysis pieces from Britain’s leading expert commentators.

In support of the magazine, RAIL’s own dedicated business events team produces a range of high-value events for the rail industry.

RAIL Business Events has a long history of engaging with delegates through an extensive portfolio of events. Each of these events facilitates networking and business opportunities for both delegates and sponsors. We also work closely with sponsors to ensure that they achieve their objectives when sponsoring one of our prestigious events.

There is a limited number of sponsorship opportunities at these events. For more details contact Tom Staggs, [email protected] or 01733 979464.

Our events are listed below.

Rail events

Upcoming events

Past events

National Rail Conference

Join a community of rail executives, key government figures, regulatory bodies and the entire industry supply chain in preparing for the future of freight and passenger travel in the UK.

The full-day conference identifies the strategic opportunities available in a time of increased government scrutiny and economic uncertainty.

The National Rail Conference is your chance to have a say in the structures, systems and policies that will be in place for the next decade and beyond. Put yourself and your business at the helm of an evolving rail industry.

Rail Live 2021

Rail Live returns to Long Marston on June 16 and 17 2021 and will be bigger and better with many more features, demonstrations and exhibitors. More announcements will be be made in the next few weeks.
Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the most successful event for the rail industry in the UK. Contact Tom Staggs for more information on sponsoring or exhibiting


Unleashing Private Sector Potential

July 27 (10:30-12:00)

Unleashing private sector potential

Keith Williams (Independent Chairman, Williams Review)

Rufus Boyd (Programme Director, Passenger & Freight Services, GBRTT)

Harriet Hepburn (Corporate Finance & Business Development Director, NR)

Johnny Schute (Chief Operating Officer, RSSB)

Andy Bagnall (Director General, Rail Delivery Group)

  • Enabling freight’s success
  • Private sector investment
  • Train leasing in the future
  • Infrastructure partners

You can watch this event on catch-up here.

The passenger railway

September 8 (10:30-12:00)

The passenger railway

Suzanne Donnelly (Programme Director, Rail Revenue Recovery Group, GBRTT)

Patrick Verwer (Chief Executive Officer, GTR)

Anthony Smith (Chief Executive, Transport Focus)

Jacqueline Starr (CEO, Rail Delivery Group)

Johnny Schute (Chief Operating Officer, RSSB)

Champa Magesh (President, Trainline Partner Solutions)

  • Ticketing
  • A simplified fares structure
  • The role of technology
  • Customer service
  • Accessibility

You can watch this webinar on catch-up here.

National Rail Awards 2021

The National Rail Awards took place on September 16 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane to an audience of around 900 people. Once again hosted by RAIL's Managing Editor & Events Director Nigel Harris and BBC Presenter Huw Edwards, this year they were also joined by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam to present the trophies.

To find out about the 2022 NRA, please contact Sandra Evitt, Events Manager, 01733 468 123, [email protected]