HRA Autumn Conference 2022

HRA Autumn Conference 2022

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The Heritage Railway Association Annual Management Conference 2022

Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Hill Street,

Birmingham, B5 4EW

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“Covid seemed easy compared to this!”

Our popular autumn conference is now the Heritage Railway Associations’s principal annual management conference event.

A variety of speakers are being confirmed offering an engaging range of important and informative topics on the ever-increasing challenges facing us, including the realities of the current economic situation, facing-up to safety stats, managing heritage structures, mental health, communications and Railway 200 … Plus the ORR will be present on both days and covering the importance of our relationship as well as broader regulatory issues.

Running over two consecutive days, this conference will be relevant to managers, senior staff, trustees and directors of heritage railways, tramways and all HRA members. The programme is subject to amendment as circumstances in finalising speakers and topics may dictate, but topics being planned are as shown below.


Day 1, Tuesday 1st November 2022
9.30am (for 10am start) - 4.15pm approx.

  • Facing up to the safety stats
  • RM3 – Where have we got to?
  • Governance and HRA Members Code of Conduct
  • Urgent Safety Advice
  • Transport and Works Orders
  • Asset Management – Managing Heritage Structures
  • Innovation in PWay Inspection
  • What does a carbon neutral or environmentally responsible railway look like?’


Day 2, Wednesday 2nd November 2022
9.00am (for 9.30am start) - 4.00pm approx.

  • Keynote Speaker - GBR and Railway 200
  • That was 2022 – What will 2023 throw at us?! – Panel session on the current economic climate and credible ideas to assist for 2023 and beyond
  • A few Months In …
    • Heritage is my Brand – and it sells!
    • When you’re backed against the corner …
  • Switching-on the Crystal Ball
    • The Visitor Economy in 2023 – Insights & predictions
  • Diversifying the Offer
  • It’s people that will continue to make it happen
    • Mental Health
  • Grabbing the Headlines - Communications to get you noticed.


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This event is not to be missed if you are in a position of responsibility.

Both days present an excellent opportunity for meeting, networking and sharing information and ideas with colleagues from other HRA Members. 

For those staying overnight on Monday and/or Tuesday there will be plenty of opportunity to network in the hotel bar or at a nearby pub during the evenings.


Past HRA Conferences … What They Say!

“Lively and well attended … the presentations were excellent”

“The chance to listen, learn and acknowledge that all the problems are not just ours!”

“All-round excellent - the content, the networking - all good”

“My first event and I was very impressed with the whole event”


Our ‘Early Bird Saving’ for two-day tickets is available until midnight on Monday, 2 October.

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Please Note:
Bookings will not include hotel accommodation or any other costs attendees may incur in attending this event.


Holiday Inn Hotel Room Reservations & Parking

The Holiday Inn Hotel, which adjoins the BCEC, have offered a limited number of rooms on a confirmed rate for event attendees at £115 for single occupancy in a double room with breakfast (£125 for double occupancy in a double/twin). If you wish to reserve any rooms, please email Amy by 10am on 30 September: confirming which nights (i.e. the 31 October and/or 1 November), how many rooms and the number of people in each room. You will then be provided with a booking code and the contact details to make the reservation direct with the hotel. The cancellation terms on these agreed rates are 7 days prior to arrival.

The hotel is conveniently located a 2 minute walk from the Station Street exit of Birmingham New Street Station, but for those that require parking, there is a car park behind hotel, the NCP New Street, which is £25 for 24 hours. Validation of tickets and payment for parking must be made at hotel reception to receive the discount.