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 2021 newsletter (PDF format)
View our Spring 2020 newsletter update (PDF format)
View our Spring 2020 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 and Facebook

In addition to the national Railfuture Twitter feed @Railfuture, you can now follow the Branch on its own local Twitter feed @RailfutureWessex. Also the Branch has its own Facebook page.

Current campaigns

We've started 2021 by looking at the various challenges facing railways in the South and the opportunities for improving train frequencies, journey times and service reliability. Our observations and proposals are set out in a Briefing Paper on the subject, which you can read here.

Railfuture has been instrumental in the successful bid to the Restoring Your Railway Ideas Fund for the Waterside line from Southampton to Fawley.

We are campaigning for a new station to serve the new 6000-home Welborne Garden Village north of Fareham, with a campaign leaflet and updates in July 2018, February 2019, January 2020, and January 2021.

We are also promoting a programme of incremental Route Capacity Enhancements between Salisbury and Exeter to increase service frequency and its capacity as a diversionary alternative to the Great Western route.

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
  • Resolve the ticket gateline furore in Portsmouth

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.
See also Spring newsletter__

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

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