Welcome to SERUG
Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group (SERUG)
We focus specifically on the section west of Salisbury where the current infrastructure severely restricts service and line speed improvements. We cover the stations of Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook and Pinhoe and Exeter Central.
We are lobbying for improvements to infrastructure, rolling stock, and timetables as well as guarantees that availability of the unregulated fares offered by the previous franchisee (South West Trains) will be maintained by the new operator South Western Railway.
More specific information on our objectives can be found on the objectives page.
SERUG is not funded by any commercial rail operators or rail-based organisations (such as Network Rail). We lobby independently for service and infrastructure improvements that will benefit the travelling public. SERUG is affiliated to Railfuture, a non-political, not for profit organisation which campaigns for a bigger and better railway in Britain.
SERUG welcomes your support and feedback. If you would like to receive regular updates (newsletters, details of events, etc), please see the Membership section on this site or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Network Rail will undertake drainage and track improvements in the Axminster area at weekends and throughout the week of 17-21 September 2018.
The line between Crewkerne and Pinhoe will be closed on the following dates:
- 8/9 September
- 15 – 23 September inclusive
During this time a bus service will run between Crewkerne and Exeter.
SERUG has also been advised that other stations (possibly Templecombe and Whimple) will also have reduced or no services on the days following the work, in order recoup lost time caused by ongoing speed restrictions. However, the SWR website does not yet mention this.