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Tweet-Ups: Networking Events for Visitors

All visitors to Railtex 2017 are cordially invited to come along to our new 'Tweet-Ups' - free networking events specifically for Railtex visitors to meet up onsite.

Join us for complimentary refreshments on stand W34 during the times listed below and use the opportunity to catch up and exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues from all over the world. Ensure to register for your free entrance ticket to Railtex 2017 today and then stop by our Tweet-Up (no additional ticket required) whilst enjoying a great day at the UK's leading rail show.

Don't forget to tweet your pictures, comments or invitations for colleagues, using @Railtex and #Railtex2017

Making connections - at Railtex 2017!

Tweet-Ups are open to all Railtex 2017 attendees and are free of charge - no prior booking necessary. Simply stop by stand W34 and join in during the following times:

Tuesday 9 May 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Wednesday 10 May 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Thursday 11 May 2017 12:00 - 12:30

Remember to invite your colleagues along, too. The Railtex Team look forward to seeing you all there!

Business Matching at Railtex 2017

The opportunity to meet the right people at the right time is why Railtex 2017 is the go-to event within the UK rail sector. Because we recognise the importance of ensuring relevant meetings, we want to facilitate your experience by inviting you to utilise our complimentary Business Matching Service.

The Railtex Business Matching Service provides huge advantages to build your network:

  • Find potential clients to buy your services and products
  • Locate investment opportunities in your fields of interest
  • Forge lucrative partnerships and collaborations for business

Pre-schedule meetings with other attendees during Railtex 2017 - it’s easy!

Get business matches through our easy-to-use platform, and benefit from a personalised service to help maximise your networking opportunities. All pre-registered visitors and exhibitors will receive a separate invitation to benefit from this service to maximise the productive time they spend onsite. If you or your colleagues have not yet registered to attend the most important rail event of the year, you can click here to do so now - it takes less than 2 minutes.

#GetOnTrack at Railtex 2017

Railtex is the industry’s meeting place, the UK’s leading rail event covering railway equipment, systems and services, where visitors and exhibitors come together to see the latest technology in action, learn about new products/services, hear about key industry projects and do business.

There’s no better place to gauge the confidence and optimism of an industry than at a trade show like this.
Sir Simon Burns, MP

Leading industry figures will be providing insights into prospects and opportunities for the UK rail sector during a comprehensive programme of events at Railtex 2017. The exhibition is being held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and starts on the 9th May 2017, finishing on 11th May 2017. The NEC is perfectly accessible for rail travellers as it is situated right next to Birmingham International rail station.

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Visitor Registration

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Entry tickets for Railtex 2017 will be available free of charge to all visitors who pre-register their attendance before the cut-off on 8 May 2017. After this time, you will still be able to register online or onsite at a cost of £20 per ticket.

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Opening Hours

Tuesday 9 May 2017 10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 10 May 2017 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday 11 May 2017 10:00 – 16:00

The Venue

Railtex 2017 will once again take place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

Modern halls and facilities as well as outstanding connections via rail, road and air mean the NEC has been one of the UK’s most highly favoured exhibition venues for over 40 years.

Halls 3 and 3a
B40 1NT
Tel: +44 (0) 121 780 4141

Getting to the NEC »

Railtex 2017 takes place at the Birmingham NEC


By Train

The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and clearly signposted. Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations.

For further information call National Rail or get 25% off your journey with Virgin Trains Advance tickets.

By Car

The NEC is 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre. The postcode is B40 1NT There are 16,500 parking spaces available. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by their traffic team to get you to the right car park area for Railtex. Once you’ve parked you can either take a free shuttle bus or walk to the halls using the sign posted footpaths.
Car Parking Options

By Bus and Coach

Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link.

Regular local buses depart from Birmingham City Centre. The 900 service runs every 15 mins during the day taking approximately 30 mins. The 97 service operates every 30 mins, 24hrs a day taking approximately 45 mins.

Local bus services also run every 30 mins throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900).

By Air

The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport (BHX). From the airport, simply take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station and then it’s just a short walk to the entrance of the NEC. The Air-Rail Link runs every 2 minutes and takes just 90 seconds to reach the NEC. It leaves the airport from the upper level of Terminal 1, and operates daily between 05:15am and 02:00am.

East Midlands Airport (EMA) is 40 miles away from the NEC.


Railtex takes place from 9th to 11th May 2017 at The NEC Birmingham. If you need to book a hotel during this event, The Hotel & Conference Company has been appointed as the official hotel booking agency to Railtex.

The Hotel & Conference Company have negotiated discounted rates at hotels close to the NEC Birmingham for exhibitors and visitors of Railtex. Accommodation is being held at the hotels for a limited period.

For more information and to book please visit the Hotel & Conference Company website.

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