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Rail User Groups

Rail User Groups campaign for improvements to services and stations in their particular area. Railfuture provides a national forum in which they can exchange ideas and experiences, co-ordinate rail development priorities, and contribute to the case for better rail services locally and nationally.

Their often-unsung successes were recognised and rewarded for the first time on the national stage in Railfuture's inaugural 2012 RUG Awards, and again in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Entries for the 2017 Awards have closed and the Judging Panel of Railfuture Vice-Presidents has met to decide the winners. Results will be announced by our Honorary President Christian Wolmar when he makes the presentations at our annual national autumn conference in Leicester on 4 November; bookings accepted until Monday 30 October.
See the RUG Awards page which brings all our more detailed coverage together.

Full lists of all known rail user groups throughout Britain can be viewed or downloaded:
  • View or download RUGs National A-Z list (1000kb PDF document dated July 2017)
  • View or download RUGs Regional/Branch List (860kb PDF document dated July 2017)
The regional list is generated from the national list.

A list of rail reopening campaign groups (RoCs) throughout Britain can also be viewed or downloaded:
  • View or download RoCs National A-Z list (787 kb PDF document dated Jul 2017)
You can also View or download an A-Z list of national and regional passenger bodies (334kb PDF document dated July 2013)

Many groups are affiliated to Railfuture. One of the benefits of affiliate membership is access to our Fighting Fund. The following rail user and reopening campaign groups are Railfuture affiliates:

Devon & Cornwall Combe Rail (Ilfracombe branch project)
East Anglia East Suffolk Travellers' Association (ESTA)
Felixstowe Travel Watch
Manningtree Rail Users' Association
Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton Rail User Group
Mid Anglia Rail Passengers' Association (MARPA)
Walton on the Naze, Frinton on Sea, Kirby Cross & Thorpe le Soken Rail Users’ Association (ONTRACK)
Wisbech Rail Reopening Campaign
Lincolnshire Friends of the Barton Line
South East Lincolnshire Travellers’ Association
London and South East Abbey Flyer User's Group (ABFLY)
Association of Public Transport Users (APTU) (Thameslink North)
Bedford Commuters' Association (BCA)
Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association (BBRUA)
Cambridge Heath and London Fields Rail Users’ Group (CHLFRUG)
Chingford Line Users’ Association (CLUA)
Cooksbridge Station Partnership
East Surrey Transport Committee - email
Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers’ Association (EDRTA)
English Regional Transport Association
Hadley Wood Rail User Group
Hatfield Association of Rail Travellers (HART)
Marsh Link Action Group (MLAG) (Hastings-Ashford International)
Marylebone Travellers' Association - email
Ore Transport Group - email
Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association
St Leonards & Hastings Rail Improvement Programme (SHRIMP)
Sutton Rail Users' Forum
Tonbridge Line Commuters
Watford Rail Users’ Group - email
West Sussex Rail Users Association (WSRUA)
North East Saltburn Line User Group
South East Northumberland Rail Users Group (SENRUG)
Tyne Valley Rail Users' Group
Esk Valley Railway Development Company
North West Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users’ Association
Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group
Copeland Rail User Group (CRUG - Cumbrian Coast)
Denton Station, Friends of
Furness Line Action Group (FLAG)
Goyt Valley Rail Users’ Association (Stockport)
Lakes Line Rail User Group
Lancaster and Skipton Rail Users’ Group (LASRUG)
Littleborough Stations (Lancashire), Friends of
Mid-Cheshire Rail Users Association (MCRUA)
North Cheshire Rail Users’ Group (NCRUG)
Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers’ Association (OPSTA)
Support the Oldham Rochdale Manchester line (STORM)
Reddish South Station, Friends of
Ribble Valley Rail
Rose Hill (and Marple) stations, Friends of
Settle - Carlisle Line, Friends of
Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users’ Association (SCRUA)
Skipton & East Lancs Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP)
Wirral Transport Users’ Association
Wrexham-Birkenhead Rail Users’ Association
Scotland Beattock Station Action Group (reopening campaign)
Far North Line, Friends of
LevenMouth Rail Campaign
Newburgh Train Station Group (Fife) (reopening campaign)
Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES)
St. Andrews Rail Link (StARLink - reopening campaign)
Severnside Bridgewater Station, Friends of
Suburban Bristol Railways, Friends of (FoSBR)
Cotswold Line Promotion Group (CLPG)
Minehead Rail Link Group
Portishead Railway Group (reopening campaign)
Saltford Station Campaign (reopening)
Trans Wilts Community Rail Partnership
Thames Valley Bedwyn Trains Passenger Group
Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers’ Association
Oxon & Bucks Rail Action Committee (Oxford-Milton Keynes reopening campaign) (see also OBRAG - Oxford-Bicester RAG)
Witney-Oxford Transport Group (WOT - reopening campaign)
Wales Heart of Wales Line Travellers’ Association
Magor Action Group on Rail (new station campaign)
Pembrokeshire Rail Travellers' Association
Wessex Basingstoke & District Railway Society
Isle of Wight Bus and Rail Users’ Group
Friends of the Lymington-Brockenhurst Line
West Midlands Cam & Dursley Transportation Group
Cannock Chase Rail Promotion Group
Cotswold Line Promotion Group
Rail and Bus for Herefordshire
Lichfield Rail Promotion Group
Rugby Rail Users’ Group
Shakespeare Line Promotion Group
Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users’ Association (SCRUA)
Yorkshire Aire Valley Rail Users’ Group
Bradford Rail Users’ Group
Halifax and District Rail Action Group (HADRAG)
Harrogate Line Supporters' Group
Harrogate Line Rail Users’ Group
Hope Valley Rail Users Group
Huddersfield, Penistone and Sheffield Rail Users’ Association (HPSRUA)
Hull and East Riding Rail Users’ Association
Lancaster and Skipton Rail Users’ Group (LASRUG)
Minsters Rail Campaign (Beverley - Market Weighton - York reopening campaign)
Selby and District Rail Users’ Group
Settle - Carlisle Line, Friends of
Skipton & East Lancs Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP)
Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Sustainable Transport Group
Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership




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