Rail User Groups

Railfuture encourages all rail users to join their local Rail User Group, which represents users' interests to the local train operating company to improve services and stations in their area. If there is no rail user group locally, Railfuture can help you to set one up! Rail user groups have their own national monthly newsletter Rail User Express produced by Railfuture.

Many rail user groups are affiliated to Railfuture, which provides a 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. Railfuture can help affiliated groups to work together to achieve common goals and can provide support through our Fighting Fund. Two presentations given by Railfuture director Stewart Palmer (formerly MD with South West Trains) at our Summer 2018 conference on Lobbying train operators successfully and Building relationships with train operators show how Railfuture can help rail user groups to campaign more effectively.

Even if their RUG is affiliated, we welcome RUG members to also join Railfuture to campaign for wider national rail issues.

The following list all known rail user groups (RUGs) and rail reopening campaign groups (RoCs) throughout Britain, in alphabetical order or by Railfuture branch area:
  • View or download RUGs National A-Z list (622kb PDF. January 2022)
  • View or download RUGs Regional/Branch List (603kb PDF. January 2022)
  • View or download RoCs National A-Z list (525kb PDF. January 2022)
Inclusion on the lists above does not imply unqualified endorsement by Railfuture. The formal relationship between Railfuture and affiliated organisations such as rail user groups is governed by Articles 3-13 in our Memorandum and Articles of Association, viewable here. Affiliated groups are listed in the table below.

Railway Club Directory
Railfuture member Richard Bowry has developed a Railway Club Directory of around 200 entries, promoting the interests of:
(1) National railway societies and clubs
(2) Specialised national railway societies
(3) Historical railway societies
(4) Local railway clubs
(5) UK based international railway societies.

Rail User Group Awards

The often-unsung successes of Rail User Groups were recognised and rewarded for the very first time on the national stage in Railfuture's inaugural 2012 RUG Awards, and again in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Judging Panel of Railfuture Vice-Presidents had met in October 2018 to decide the winners from among the entries for the 2018 Awards, which had closed in early-September. Results were announced by Vice-President Stewart Palmer when he made the presentations at our national conference in Reading on Saturday 10 November 2018.

There were no Awards in 2019 owing to a re-scheduling of Railfuture's national events, and none in 2020 or 2021 due to the disruptive effects of the pandemic. The next Rail User Group Awards are now being planned for presentation at the Annual General Meeting near Bristol in July 2022. The monthly Rail User Express will carry updates.

The RUG Awards page brings all our more detailed coverage together.

Affiliated user and campaign groups

Devon & Cornwall ACE Rail - Bideford-Exeter via Barnstaple
Ashburton Rail Users' Group
Avocet Line Rail Users' Group (ALRUG)
Connect Bude
East Anglia East Suffolk Travellers' Association (ESTA)
Felixstowe Travel Watch
Fen Line Users Association (FLUA)
Manningtree Rail Users' Association
Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton Rail User Group
Mid Anglia Rail Passengers' Association (MARPA)
Rail Haverhill
Walton on the Naze, Frinton on Sea, Kirby Cross & Thorpe le Soken Rail Users’ Association (ONTRACK)
Wisbech Rail Reopening Campaign
East Midlands Campaign to Re-Open The Ivanhoe Line (CRIL)
Manchester & East Midlands Rail Action Partnership
Narborough Station, Friends of (FONS)
Lincolnshire Friends of the Barton Line
South East Lincolnshire Travellers’ Association
London & South East Abbey Flyer Users' Group (ABFLY)
Association of Public Transport Users (APTU) (Thameslink North)
Bedford Commuters' Association (BCA)
Cambridge Heath and London Fields Rail Users’ Group (CHLFRUG)
Cooksbridge Station Partnership
East Surrey Transport Committee (ESTC) - email
Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers’ Association (EDRTA) - email
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 (MTA) - email
Ore Transport Group (OTG) - email
Plumstead and Woolwich Rail Users' Group (PAWRUG)
Reigate, Redhill & District Rail Users' Association (RRDRUA)
SE5 Forum for Camberwell
Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association (SRTA)
Sutton Rail Users' Forum (SRUF)
Tonbridge Line Commuters (TLC)
Watford Rail Users Group (WRUG) - email
West Sussex Rail Users Association (WSRUA)
North East Saltburn Line User Group (SLUG)
South East Northumberland Rail Users Group (SENRUG)
Tyne Valley Rail Users' Group (TVRUG)
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)
Lakes Line Rail User Group
Littleborough Stations (Lancashire), Friends of
Mid-Cheshire Rail Users Association (MCRUA)
North Cheshire Rail Users’ Group (NCRUG)
Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers’ Association (OPSTA)
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)
St. Anne's Stations, Friends of
Support the Oldham Rochdale Manchester line (STORM)
Tyne Valley Rail Users' Group (TVRUG)
Wirral Transport Users’ Association
Wrexham-Bidston Rail Users’ Association
Scotland Beattock Station Action Group (reopening campaign)
Far North Line, Friends of
LevenMouth Rail 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)
Langport Transport Group (station campaign)
Minehead Rail Link Group
Portishead Railway Group (reopening campaign)
Saltford Station Campaign (reopening)
Trans Wilts Community Rail Partnership
Thames Valley
Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers’ Association
Oxon & Bucks Rail Action Committee (the original Oxford-Milton Keynes reopening campaign)
Oxford-Bicester Rail Action Group (OBRAG)
Pewsey Vale Rail User Group
Witney-Oxford Transport Group (Windrush Line campaign - Oxford-Eynsham-Witney-Carterton)
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
North Staffs Rail Promotion Group
Rugby Rail Users’ Group
Shakespeare Line Promotion Group
Shrewsbury-Chester Rail Users’ Association (SCRUA)
Stourbridge Line User Group (SLUG)
Yorkshire Aire Valley Rail Users’ Group
Askern Railway Station, Friends of (reopening campaign)
Bradford Rail Users’ Group
Halifax and District Rail Action Group (HADRAG)
Harrogate Line Supporters' Group
Harrogate Line Rail Users’ Group
Huddersfield, Penistone and Sheffield Rail Users’ Association (HPSRUA)
Hunmanby Railway Station, Friends of
Minsters Rail Campaign (Beverley - Market Weighton - York reopening campaign)
Pontefract Civic Society (rail sub-group)
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 Wensleydale Railway Association
Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership