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Within the UK, there are five geographical Sections:

  • Midland and North Western Section, which holds meetings in Birmingham, Crewe, Derby and Manchester.
  • Western section, which meets in Chippenham, Swindon or Bristol.
  • Scottish section, which normally meets in Glasgow.
  • York Section, meeting usually in York.
  • Plymouth Section., meeting usually in Plymouth. 

Each section organises its own programme of events such as informative lectures, technical visits and social events, which you can find in the Calendar (under the Events tab). The events are also listed in the UK Events Programme, accessible via the link on the right-hand side of this page.

There is no Section covering London and the South-East of England, but meetings and events are organised periodically in London. Details of forthcoming London events are listed towards the bottom of this column.  You can also download the UK Events Programme as a PDF document.


 The Railway Engineers Forum and the YRP


The IRSE is an active member of the UK Railway Engineers' Forum (REF), a multi-disciplinary body whose members are the Professional Institutions with strong railway interests:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Institution of Railway Operators (IRO)
  • Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)
  • Permanent Way Institution (PWI) 
  • Railway Civil Engineers Association (RCEA)
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 

The aim of the REF is to harmonise the various strengths of the constituent Institutions in devising and implementing their programmes of activities in support of the railway community. The REF regularly publishes a combined events list of the meetings of all the Institutions, where these are of cross disciplinary interest.

The Young Railway Professionals organisation is affiliated to REF.  The YRP brings together people from all aspects of the rail industry, whether they are involved in engineering, asset management, train operations, strategic planning, maintenance, franchising, regulation, marketing or human relations. The YRP is open to any young rail professional.


 London and South East Events Diary

There are no events planned for this section

 News and information for IRSE members in the UK

For all IRSE and industry news stories worldwide, click here. The items below are specific to the UK.

UK Events Programme
The UK events programme for 2017-18 can be viewed by clicking here.


Universities and industry secure £92M of rail research funding

A partnership between the rail supply industry and eight British universities has secured £92 million to fund research aimed at establishing the UK as a world-leading centre of railway excellence.

The partnership (part of the new UK Railway Research and Innovation Network, UKRRIN) - has won £28 million funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) . The funding will be boosted by £64 million of support from 17 industrial partners including Alstom, Siemens and Bombardier Transportation.

The funding will be used to create three linked world-class centres of excellence, focussing on Digital Systems (of particular interest to the IRSE), Rolling Stock and Infrastructure. 

These centres of excellence, together with existing UK Rail Test Centres, form the core of UKRRIN, bringing together the UK rail supply industry and academia to undertake world-leading research and innovation in rail.  The UKRRIN will support delivery of the GB Rail Technical Strategy and is aligned with the aims of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

For more information, see announcement by University of Birmingham, or visit the UKRRIN website. Or follow Twitter 

Cyber-security Guidance
The UK's Department of Transport has published high level guidance for the rail industry on cyber security. Click here to view the guidance.
Digital Railway Programme
To keep in touch with the UK's Digital Railway Programme, take a look at the news on their website.