Rail Live 2021
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22nd - 23rd June 2022
Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre, Warwickshire

2021 Visitor Information

 

 

Venue Address


Quinton Rail Technology Centre
Station Rd
Long Marston
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 8PL

Please turn off sat nav once you see the Rail Live Yellow Road Signage, as you approach the venue.

Location map

Opening Hours


Wednesday 16th June 2021
09:30 - 16:30
Thursday 17th June 2021
09:30 - 16:00

Exhibitor Note: For further information on build up timings, please refer to the Exhibitor Portal or contact the organisers.

Covid-19 Safety Information 

Please have a look at our Covid-19 safety page here for all of the measures in place to ensure visitors can attend with confidence. 

Travel
 

ARRIVING BY CAR

There is a carpark located opposite the main entrance to QRTC. All visitors arriving by car must park here and follow instructions from the event parking team.
Golf buggy shuttles will be running from the gate entrance to the registration marquee, or alternatively you can walk the short distance from the carpark.

Please note: Parking is on a grass/crop field so please be mindful of the recent weather conditions and wear suitable footwear. 
 

For Sat Nav: Please use postcode CV37 8PL and turn off your sat nav once you see directional show signage.
Please follow yellow signs to carpark noted 'RAIL LIVE'

Anyone arriving by Taxi must get dropped off in the carpark and not at the main gates.

Limited Blue Badge parking will be available where space allows at the main gate entrace.
We ask that you notify us in advance ([email protected]) so we can take approximate numbers in advance
 

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

Local stations nearest to Rail Live are: Honeybourne (approx. 3.5 miles away), Stratford upon Avon (approx. 8 miles away) and Warwick Parkway (approx. 17 miles away).
There is a coach service running fromHoneybourne Station and Warwick Parkway.
 

Honeybourne Timings
Honeybourne to QRTC 
09:30 / 10:00 / 10:30 / 11:00

QRTC to Honeybourne
14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 / 16:00 

Warwick Parkway timings (Face coverings will be required on transport) 

Warwick Parkway to QRTC 
09:30 / 10:00 / 10:30 / 11:00

QRTC to Warwick Parkway
14:30 / 15:00 / 15:30 / 16:00 

Please note: traffic conditions around Stratford-upon-Avon are out of the coach drivers control and they will work to this timetable as best as physically possible. 


 

 

Passenger train - UPDATE 14th JUNE

Thanks to a superb collaborative effort between QRTC, Vivarail, Network Rail and Transport for Wales, I am delighted to announce that we are able to offer a rail connection into RAIL LIVE 2021 this week (Wed/Thurs June 16/17) from Honeybourne.
Train builder Vivarail and operator Transport for Wales (TfW) have offered us three-car Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid No. 230.010, an identical train to four three-car sets already based at Chester, currently undergoing driver training between Wrexham and Bidston, for TfW.

These are significant trains in that they were the first hybrid battery trains to be approved by ORR (last summer) to carry pax on NR metals.

Our provisional shuttle timetable sees the first departure from a temporary platform at Honeybourne at 0845, then hourly at 0945, 1045, 1145, 1245, and then 1440 and 1530.

Departures back to Honeybourne, from the private QRTC platform serving RAIL LIVE 2021, are planned at 0910, 1010, 1110, 1210, 1400, 1500 and 1600.

Our thanks to QRTC, Vivarail, Network Rail and Transport for Wales for stepping in and stepping up, after our original plan to run four daily GWR shuttles into Rail Live 2021 from Worcester, had to be quite properly suspended, following pressure on its train fleet caused by the widely-reported cracking problem in the Hitachi IET trains.

 

Suitable attire

For health and safety reasons, upper body high-vis jackets are compulsory and we recommend sturdy footwear. 
 

Accommodation

We have arranged preferential rates for some local hotels with our accommodation agent, Trinity Event Solutions.
Please click the link below to view the available hotels and all contact information can be found on there too.

*Please note : This link will work best in Google Chrome. We recommend you use this browser to view*

https://events.edgevenues.com/events/RL21

About the venue 

Quinton Rail Technology Centre is one of the UK’s approved Test & Trials facilities. It has a long history dating back to its years as a Royal Engineers supply base in the Second World War. Decommis­sioned by the Ministry of Defence in the late 1990s it then became a privately owned site In 2005.

The QRTC has a key strategic role to play in the UK rail sector. On its vast site companies such as Motorail, Total Tank Solutions (a successful part­nership between Motorail and LCM Environmen­tal), Chrysalis Rail, the ABC Consortium and of course, the Rail Alliance (not to mention the water voles, deer, buzzards, skylarks, owls, badg­ers and bats amongst other co-tenants!) operate and contribute a huge amount to the sector. It also boasts a wealth of strategic partners including top Universities such as Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick, each playing their part during this last decade.

The site at Long Marston is the largest and most extensive rail storage facility in the UK and its customers read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of rolling stock ownership. It consists of some 20km (12 miles) of storage sidings and is connected to the national rail network at Honeybourne on the Worcester to London line – served by all the Freight Operating Companies (FOCs), taking advantage of 24/7 ac­cess. There is storage capacity for approximately 1000 items of rolling stock, and it also has 4ha (around ten acres) of open hard-standing based storage and approximately 2000m2 of covered workshops along with associated handling equip­ment and cranage. QRTC is constantly looking to invest in new facilities and equipment to meet its many customers’ needs.

 

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