Wessex Branch


Dorset, Hampshire,Isle of Wight,and part of Wiltshire.


Wessex Branch Newsletter - Autumn 2016
Wessex Branch Newsletter - Late Summer 2016
Wessex Branch Newsletter No.5 - Spring 2015
Wessex Branch Newsletter No.4 - Summer 2014

Current campaigns

  • Reintroduce suitable rolling stock to all main line routes
  • Strengthen trains which suffer overcrowding
  • Speed up services where practical. For instance, remove 'buffer' time
  • Upgrade service on Portsmouth-Cardiff route to frequent inter-city standard
  • Oppose ticket office closures
  • Faster trains on the Alton line
  • Newer trains and half-hourly service on Island Line
  • Double track from Salisbury to Exeter
  • Support Community Rail Partnerships including increased frequency on 'Heart of Wessex' line
For detailed information on the proposals together with simplified and detailed maps, see Railfuture Wessex Proposals.

Annual General Meetings

The Wessex Branch 2017 AGM will be held on Saturday 1st April 2017 at Brockenhurst Village Hall, just a 5 minute walk from Brockenhurst station. Doors open at 12:30 for a 1pm start and we plan to finish by 4:30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Jonathan Prettejohns of the British Transport Police who will be telling us about the work of their specialist policing teams and how we can keep ourselves safe on the railways. This promises to be a very interesting presentation and should provoke some lively discussions afterwards.

We will begin the meeting with a review of the previous year and any news updates, after which there will be a chance to have your say about local issues of concern and how we need to be campaigning in the year ahead. The main AGM business will be conducted later in the afternoon.

You may wish to arrive early and enjoy a ride to Lymington and back on the branch line, or maybe have an early lunch in Brockenhurst (there are several pubs and cafes within a short walk of the station). Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served at the AGM.

Directions to Brockenhurst Village Hall: From the station booking hall, bear left and head diagonally across the car park, then through a pedestrian exit gate into Avenue Road. Continue along Avenue Road (becomes East Bank Road), walking parallel to the railway. At the end of East Bank Road, continue straight ahead along a footpath. Go straight across Partridge Road and carry on along the footpath until it ends at the junction with Highwood Road. Turn right into Highwood Road and the Village Hall is a few yards up on the left. See also www.brockenhurstvillage.org.uk.

The 2016 AGM was held on Saturday 12 March in Winchester where our guest speaker was Chris Loder, the Head of Service and Pricing Strategy for South West Trains. A summary of his presentation can be read here.

Wessex Branch Contact

Tony Smale, Branch Secretary - wessex at railfuture.org.uk

Rail User Groups in the Wessex region

Rail user groups in the Wessex area are shown on Railfuture's Regional List of Rail User Groups.
The Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group (SERUG) published its first newsletter in November 2015: SERUG Newsletter 1.pdf


Railfuture Wessex recruiting form (PDF format 314kB)

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