Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group

SERUG is a lobby group focused on the operation of the railway between Salisbury and Exeter and its future improvement. We enlist the support of rail users, MP’s, County and local Councils, LEP's, and other communities. We lobby Train Operators, Network Rail, DfT and other Government departments to provide new infrastructure, improve the line’s capacity, timetable resilience and overall passenger experience.

We cover the stations of Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook, Pinhoe and Exeter Central.

On this route, the current infrastructure and aging (30 year-old) rolling stock, severely restricts performance.

Despite the current COVID pandemic, our lobbying has continued successfully. We are particularly delighted to have been asked to provide the passenger input into a formal Study by Network Rail on how best to improve timetable resilience and the general passenger experience along the line. This Study, its findings and proposed infrastructure improvements can be found on our News page. SERUG endorses it and believes it represents the best opportunity to improve infrastructure in a post-COVID world where we must be realistic that funding will become increasingly difficult to find.

Our current activity focuses on lobbying MP’s and the DfT to move forward with the Network Rail’s recommendations. WE URGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.

SERUG is not funded by any commercial rail operators or rail-based organisations (such as Network Rail). We lobby independently for all improvements that will benefit the travelling public.

We are affiliated to Railfuture, a non-political, not for profit organisation which campaigns for a bigger and better railway in Britain.

We welcome 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 us at