Wessex Branch


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


Railfuture Wessex branch publishes its newsletter usually twice a year.
View our Spring 2020 newsletter update (PDF format)
View our Spring 2020 newsletter (PDF format)
View our December 2019 news update (PDF format)
View our Summer 2019 newsletter (PDF format)

Click HERE for a list of the latest and all previous editions (available to view, and 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 new station to serve Welborne Garden Village near Fareham, with our campaign leaflet.
See Network Rail's November 2017 pre-GRIP Feasibility Study and our February 2019 update.
See the latest news about our Welborne campaign in March 2019, in January 2020, and in here.

We are also promoting 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.

We began 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
  • Lengthen trains which suffer overcrowding
  • Speed up services where practicable
  • 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 2020 Annual General Meeting of Railfuture Wessex Branch has been postponed to 2021. The existing committee will continue in post until then.

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: https://sites.google.com/view/serug/publications

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