Wessex Branch


Dorset, Hampshire, and the unitary authorities of Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, and Wiltshire, plus the south-west of West Sussex.


Railfuture Wessex branch publishes its newsletter usually twice a year.
View our Summer 2018 newsletter (PDF format)
View our March 2018 newsletter (PDF format)
View our February 2018 newsletter (PDF format)

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 @RailfutureWessex.

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 for Salisbury to Exeter Route Capacity Enhancements.
See too our work to promote a new station to serve Welborne Garden Village near Fareham, with our campaign leaflet.

Our other objectives are:
  • Reintroduce suitable rolling stock to all main line routes
  • Strengthen trains which suffer overcrowding
  • Speed up services where practicable (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 postponed 2018 AGM of Railfuture Wessex Branch was held on Saturday 7th April at Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Rd, SO42 7RY, just a 5 min walk from Brockenhurst station. The meeting started at 11:00am.
We couldn’t get a guest speaker at short notice, but we assembled some interesting video presentations about recent rail developments in the South. Also we had the usual review of our campaigns and activities over the past year, with time to discuss priorities for the year ahead.

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: click to view or download.

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