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
SERUG’s Chair Bruce Duncan and Secretary Nick Hurrell, attended the HOC in late February to present the Railfuture/SERUG Proposals for long term investment. Our proposals are realistic (given budget constraints) and will provide major passenger benefits, including better reliability, capacity and time savings. These can be seen in full, tagged below, as 1) the Presentation and 2) the Proposal. Those documents include all the detail of our research and aims.
Sir Oliver Letwin coordinated the group of MP’s and all stations on the Salisbury to Exeter section were represented. Our proposals, were well received. They covered SERUG’s aims as outlined on this web site, with track doubling from Dinton into a new platform at Tisbury, plus Whimple/Cranbrook loop as the main priorities. A further loop between Yeovil Junction and Crewkerne would also help resilience for GWR diversionary trains. Finally, allowing trains to split and join at Yeovil junction (which would improve journey opportunities) requires minimal investment but does need the will from Network Rail. The need for new trains was also highlighted.
Sir Oliver, after consulting with his colleagues, has written to the Transport Minister, Jo Johnson, requesting support for funding to allow Network Rail to cost these improvements. We await a response, but are very hopeful that our continuing lobbying with stakeholder Network Rail, will finally start to see some real plans to improve services on this line.
The presentation – HOC-21-Feb-pres-2-final.pptx (40 downloads)
The Proposal – 21-Feb-2018-mtg-Proposal-final.docx (46 downloads)