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

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Renationalisation of the Railways. A CU Railway Club Public Debate

19.45 Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (Sidney Street – Opposite Sainsburys)

The Cambridge University Railway Club (CURC) exists to celebrate and discuss the railway industry. Once a year we invite the public to join us in an open debate on a topical issue within the railway industry.

Rail renationalisation appears to be gaining momentum with rail users and politicians championing the concept. But what does renationalisation of the railways actually mean and what would it look like? We must ask: is the current system broken and beyond repair? How could the current privatised railway innovate and create a new system which works for rail users (and the taxpayer)?

To address the concept of renationalisation, we have invited key figures to debate the topic who understand the challenges currently facing the railway industry.

The panel is formed of (alphabetical):

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 government owned operator of East Coast Railways.

Paul Plummer – Chief Executive of Rail Delivery Group, formed by members from Network Rail; the train operating companies; and the freight operating companies.

Tony Miles – Railway Journalist for Modern Railways.

Format: 10 minute speeches by the panellists, before opening the debate to the floor.

Fully open to the public, who are actively encouraged to attend and join the debate. For further information, email:

The Mong Hall can be found, on entering college vere right and through the archway (Left of the Chapel Door). The hall is first on the right and shall be signposted. .....................................................

About the CURC :

Founded in 1911 from the Cambridge University branch of The Railway Club, Cambridge University Railway Club (CURC) is the second oldest railway enthusiast club in the world! The CURC arranges an event in Cambridge most weeks during Full Term, most often a presentation by an invited speaker, almost always a key professional from the rail industry, on a specific subject. The club is not just train talk, but about how the railway works. We have a celebrated history of CURC alumni who now work in the railway industry, with some at quite senior levels.

Membership for students costs £10 per year or £25 for life membership. Come and try us out, gain exclusive access to key railway professionals (and depots), you might just want to become a member! (We won’t tell anyone you are ;) )

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