Wessex Branch


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


Railfuture Wessex branch publishes its newsletter usually twice a year.

Click HERE for a list of the latest and all previous editions (available to download in PDF format).

Wessex is on Twitter

In addition to the national Railfuture Twitter feed @Railfuture, you can now follow the Branch on its own local Twitter feed @RailfutureWessx.

Current campaigns

Railfuture is campaigning for a programme of incremental improvements to the route between Salisbury and Exeter to increase service frequency and its capacity as a diversionary alternative to the Great Western route. See our proposal at Salisbury to Exeter Route Capacity Enhancements.

Our other objectives are:
  • 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
  • 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 was held on the afternoon of Saturday 1st April 2017 at Brockenhurst Village Hall, just a 5-minute walk from Brockenhurst station.

Our guest speaker was Jonathan Prettejohns of the British Transport Police who told us about the work of their specialist policing teams and how we can keep ourselves safe on the railways. This was a very interesting presentation and provoked some lively discussions afterwards.

We began the meeting with a review of the previous year and any news updates, after which there was 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 was conducted later in the afternoon.

Some attendees arrived early and enjoyed a ride to Lymington and back on the branch line, or had an early lunch in Brockenhurst (there are several pubs and cafes within a short walk of the station).

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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