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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 Young Railway Professionals


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 is available to view and download - click here.


Autumn Statement: Digital Railway funding

In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement an announcement was made that £450M of a £23Bn National Productivity Investment Fund is being allocated specifically to trial digital rail technology in order to increase capacity and improve reliability. Click here for more details.


Digital Railway Programme
The UK government's Transport Committee has published its report on the Digital Railway and how the use of intelligent traffic management and ERTMS could improve Britain's national rail network. Click here to view the report.
The UK government has produced a Briefing Paper on how the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union may affect transport. It discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.
CCS Technical Specification for Interoperability
The latest version of the Control, Command and Signalling TSI came into force in Europe on 5th July.  Click here to view it. The latest version of the Interoperability Directive was published in May, with a three year period for EU Members States to transpose it into domestic law.
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.