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Renationalisation of the Railways. A CU Railway Club Public Debate.

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The re-nationalisation of the railways appears to be gaining momentum with rail users and politicians. But what does re-nationalisation of the railways actually look like? What is so broken about the current system? Could the current privatised railway, innovate and create a new system which works for rail users and the taxpayer alike.

We have some of the industries best to come and join the debate. Fully open to the public, who are actively encouraged to attend.

The panel is formed of:

Christian Wolmar – pro-renationalisation railway columnist for Rail Magazine.

David Franks – Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, the nationalised Irish railway.

Michael Holden – former Chairman of Directly Operated Railways, the fully government owned operator of East Coast Railways.

Paul Plummer – Chief Executive of Rail Delivery Group, the RDG is an association of members, formed of Network Rail; the train operating companies; and the freight operating companies.

Tony Miles – Railway Journalist for Modern Railways.


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About the CURC :

Founded in 1911 from the Cambridge University branch of The Railway Club, the CURC is the second oldest railway enthusiast club in Britain! The CURC tries to arrange an event in Cambridge every week during Full Term. On most Wednesdays or Fridays this involves an invited speaker giving an illustrated talk on a specific subject, and this is almost always a professional from the rail industry or preservation. We’ve had big names in the past, including senior managers from several Train Operating Companies.

We also visit railway sites termly including depots, signalling centres and industrial railways for members.

We give you a chance to meet the top employers from across the industry and have huge success in our members going onto top Graduate employment within the railway industry…whether HS2 , Balfour Beatty, Crosscountry, Network Rail, DfT etc…

Membership for students costs £10 per year or £25 for life membership. You can pay an annual membership now and upgrade to life later – and life does mean life. We charge £3 at the door for non-members, upon your third entry to a talk (first two talks are free). So come and try us out for free, gain exclusive access to key railway professionals and depots and you might just want to become a member! (We won’t tell anyone you are ;) )

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