Wessex Branch


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


Railfuture Wessex branch publishes its newsletter usually twice a year.
View our Summer 2019 newsletter (PDF format)
View our February 2019 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 for Salisbury to Exeter Route Capacity Enhancements.
See too our work to promote a new station to serve Welborne Garden Village near Fareham, with our campaign leaflet.
For the latest news about our Welborne campaign see here.
We begin 2019 with a controversy in Portsmouth over new ticket gatelines. Click here for the full story.

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 2019 AGM was held on Saturday 6th April in the Discovery Centre beside St John's RC Cathedral near to Portsmouth and Southsea Station where the Railfuture award winning Canvas Coffee independent coffee shop is located.

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.
Wessex Branch helped to get the Salisbury-Exeter Rail Users' Group (SERUG) started in 2015. SERUG's latest and previous newsletters can be downloaded here: http://serug.co.uk/publications/

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