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 2018 AGM of Railfuture Wessex Branch will be held at the Above Bar Church Centre, 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7FE, on Saturday 3rd March starting at 1:00pm (arrival and tea/coffee from 12:30pm).
Please note change of date (the meetings room was unfortunately not available on our previously-announced date of 10th March).
To reach the venue, walk up the hill from Southampton Central station towards the city centre, passing the City Hall on your left. Turn right into Above Bar Street and the church centre (which has the appearance of an ordinary shop front) is about 200 yards down on your right.
Our guest speaker will be Phil Dominey from South Western Railway who will tell us about the Company's plans for the new franchise. We will also have the usual review of rail developments around our region and we welcome suggestions for campaigning in 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 below for contact details.

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.


Railfuture Wessex recruiting form (PDF format 314kB)

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