AreaHampshire 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.
NewslettersRailfuture Wessex branch publishes its newsletter usually twice a year.
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 download in PDF format).
Wessex is on TwitterIn addition to the national Railfuture Twitter feed @Railfuture, you can now follow the Branch on its own local Twitter feed @RailfutureWessex.
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.
For the latest news about our Welborne campaign see here 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
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.
Wessex Branch ContactTony Smale, Branch Secretary - wessex at railfuture.org.uk
Rail User Groups in the Wessex regionRail 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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