Wessex Branch


Dorset, Hampshire, and the unitary authorities of Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, and Wiltshire, plus the south-west of West Sussex.


Railfuture Wessex branch publishes its newsletter usually twice a year.
View our March 2018 newsletter (PDF format)
View our February 2018 newsletter (PDF format)

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 @RailfutureWessex.

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 practicable (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 postponed 2018 AGM of Railfuture Wessex Branch will be held on Saturday 7th April at Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Rd, SO42 7RY, just a 5 min walk from Brockenhurst station. The meeting will start at 11:00am (arrival and tea/coffee from 10:30am). We have to vacate the room by 1:30pm.
We couldn’t get a guest speaker at short notice, but we’ve assembled some interesting video presentations about recent rail developments in the South. Also we’ll have the usual review of our campaigns and activities over the past year, with time to discuss priorities for the year ahead.
Branch members are eligible to stand for election to any of the committee posts. If you wish to stand, it would be helpful if you could let our Chairman or Secretary know prior to the AGM – see contact details below.
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.
After the meeting, you could have lunch in Brockenhurst (there are several pubs and cafes within a short walk of the station), then enjoy a ride on the picturesque branch line to Lymington in the afternoon, arriving in time for tea on the quayside! Alternatively, follow one of the many New Forest walking trails which start from Brockenhurst.

The 2017 AGM was held on Saturday 1 April in Brockenhurst where our speaker was Jonathan Prettejohns of the British Transport Police.

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: view SERUG Newsletter 1 or download SERUG Newsletter 1 pdf.


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