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 service, timetable resilience, capacity, and the overall passenger experience, including new trains.
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 old infrastructure and ageing (30 year-old) rolling stock, severely restricts performance.
SERUG is not funded by any commercial rail operators or rail-based organisations. 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.
Covid, Extreme Weather, Industrial Action and the Cost of Living have changed the backdrop in the past few years, and we have reset our priorities:
Improve Timetable Resilience and Capacity
Encourage Passengers Back to the Railway
Full re-instatement of the 2 trains an hour service between Salisbury and Waterloo- now achieved from December 10th 2023.
A simpler fares structure
Re-instatement of on train Catering Services
Maintain Staffed Stations and improve facilities
Replace current (30 year old) trains
A full version of these goals can by viewed and downloaded here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org