Rail User Groups

Rail User Groups campaign for improvements to services and stations in their particular area. Railfuture provides a national forum in which they can exchange ideas and experiences, co-ordinate rail development priorities, and contribute to the case for better rail services locally and nationally.
See two presentations given by Railfuture Director Stewart Palmer (formerly MD with South West Trains) on Lobbying train operators successfully and Building relationships with train operators - a case study given at Railfuture's annual national summer conference in Carlisle, June 2018.

The often-unsung successes of Rail User Groups were recognised and rewarded for the first time on the national stage in Railfuture's inaugural 2012 RUG Awards, and again in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Entries for the 2018 Awards will close on 1 September and the Judging Panel of Railfuture Vice-Presidents will meet in October to decide the winners. Results will be announced by our Honorary President Christian Wolmar when he makes the presentations at our annual national autumn conference in Reading on Saturday 10 November 2018.
See the RUG Awards page which brings all our more detailed coverage together.

Full lists of all known rail user groups throughout Britain can be viewed or downloaded:
  • View or download RUGs National A-Z list (1000kb PDF document dated September 2018)
  • View or download RUGs Regional/Branch List (870kb PDF document dated September 2018)
The regional list is generated from the national list.

A list of rail reopening campaign groups (RoCs) throughout Britain can also be viewed or downloaded:
  • View or download RoCs National A-Z list (866 kb PDF document dated August 2018)
You can also View or download a List of national and regional passenger bodies (614kb PDF document dated Aug 2018)

Many groups are affiliated to Railfuture. One of the benefits of affiliate membership is access to our Fighting Fund. The following rail user and reopening campaign groups are Railfuture affiliates:

Devon & Cornwall Combe Rail (Ilfracombe branch project)
Connect Bude
East Anglia East Norfolk Transport Users' Association (ENTUA)
East Suffolk Travellers' Association (ESTA)
Felixstowe Travel Watch
Manningtree Rail Users' Association
Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton Rail User Group
Mid Anglia Rail Passengers' Association (MARPA)
Walton on the Naze, Frinton on Sea, Kirby Cross & Thorpe le Soken Rail Users’ Association (ONTRACK)
Wisbech Rail Reopening Campaign
Lincolnshire Friends of the Barton Line
South East Lincolnshire Travellers’ Association
London and South East Association of Public Transport Users (APTU) (Thameslink North)
Bedford Commuters' Association (BCA)
Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association (BBRUA)
Cambridge Heath and London Fields Rail Users’ Group (CHLFRUG)
Chesham & District Transport Users' Group (CDTUG)
Cooksbridge Station Partnership
East Surrey Transport Committee email king.charles at talktalk.net (ESTC)
Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers’ Association (EDRTA)
English Regional Transport Association (ERTA)
Hadley Wood Rail User Group (HWRUG)
Hatfield Association of Rail Travellers (HART)
Marsh Link Action Group (MLAG)
Marylebone Travellers' Association email: MaryleboneTA at btinternet.com (MTA)
Ore Transport Group email: trevor.d2016 at outlook.com (OTG)
Reigate, Redhill & District Rail Users Association (RRDRUA)
Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association (SRTA)
St Leonards & Hastings Rail Improvement Programme (SHRIMP)
Sutton Rail Users' Forum (SRUF)
Tonbridge Line Commuters (TLC)
Watford Rail Users Group email: wrug2 at hotmail.co.uk (WRUG)
West Sussex Rail Users Association (WSRUA)
North East Saltburn Line User Group (SLUG)
South East Northumberland Rail Users Group (SENRUG)
Esk Valley Railway Development Company
North West Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users’ Association
Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group
Cumbrian coast Rail User Group (CRUG)
Denton Station, Friends of
Furness Line Action Group (FLAG)
Goyt Valley Rail Users’ Association (Stockport)
Hope Valley Rail Users Group
Lakes Line Rail User Group
Lancaster and Skipton Rail Users’ Group (LASRUG)
Littleborough Stations (Lancashire), Friends of
Mid-Cheshire Rail Users Association (MCRUA)
North Cheshire Rail Users’ Group (NCRUG)
Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers’ Association (OPSTA)
Support the Oldham Rochdale Manchester line (STORM)
Reddish South Station, Friends of
Ribble Valley Rail
Rose Hill (and Marple) stations, Friends of
Settle - Carlisle Line, Friends of
Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users’ Association (SCRUA)
Skipton & East Lancs Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP)
Wirral Transport Users’ Association
Wrexham-Bidston Rail Users’ Association
Scotland Beattock Station Action Group (reopening campaign)
Far North Line, Friends of
LevenMouth Rail Campaign
Newburgh Train Station Group (Fife) (reopening campaign)
Rail Action Group East of Scotland (RAGES)
St. Andrews Rail Link (StARLink - reopening campaign)
Severnside Bridgewater Station, Friends of
Suburban Bristol Railways, Friends of (FoSBR)
Cotswold Line Promotion Group (CLPG)
Minehead Rail Link Group
Portishead Railway Group (reopening campaign)
Saltford Station Campaign (reopening)
Thames Valley Bedwyn Trains Passenger Group
Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers’ Association
Oxon & Bucks Rail Action Committee (Oxford-Milton Keynes reopening campaign) (see also OBRAG - Oxford-Bicester RAG)
Witney-Oxford Transport Group (WOT - reopening campaign)
Wales Heart of Wales Line Travellers’ Association
Magor Action Group on Rail (new station campaign)
Pembrokeshire Rail Travellers' Association
Wessex Basingstoke & District Railway Society
Isle of Wight Bus and Rail Users’ Group
Lymington-Brockenhurst Line, Friends of
Salisbury-Exeter Rail Users' Group (SERUG)
West Midlands Cam & Dursley Transportation Group
Cannock Chase Rail Promotion Group
Cotswold Line Promotion Group
Rail and Bus for Herefordshire
Lichfield Rail Promotion Group
Rugby Rail Users’ Group
Shakespeare Line Promotion Group
Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users’ Association (SCRUA)
Yorkshire Aire Valley Rail Users’ Group
Bradford Rail Users’ Group
Halifax and District Rail Action Group (HADRAG)
Harrogate Line Supporters' Group
Harrogate Line Rail Users’ Group
Hope Valley Rail Users Group
Huddersfield, Penistone and Sheffield Rail Users’ Association (HPSRUA)
Hull and East Riding Rail Users’ Association
Lancaster and Skipton Rail Users’ Group (LASRUG)
Minsters Rail Campaign (Beverley - Market Weighton - York reopening campaign)
Selby and District Rail Users’ Group
Settle - Carlisle Line, Friends of
Skipton & East Lancs Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP)
Stalybridge-Huddersfield Rail Users' Group (SHRUG)
Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Sustainable Transport Group
Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership

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