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 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

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 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 Welborne Garden Village near Fareham, with a campaign leaflet and updates in July 2018, February 2019, and January 2020.

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.

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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