WEST SUSSEX RAIL USERS ASSOCIATION (WSRUA)
What is WSRUA?
WSRUA is the rail users' association for passengers of services currently operated by Southern Railway on the Arun Valley line between Three Bridges, Horsham to Bognor Regis and Chichester, as well as the West Coastway line between Worthing and Emsworth. Our mission is to get the best rail service for West Sussex rail users. We have around 150 members and each station along our lines has a representative who is a member of the WSRUA Committee. See the Contacts page for the full list of representatives.
We hold regular meetings with Southern, Network Rail and local authorities to discuss rail passenger issues and the need for improvements in rail services.
The Association has been in existence for over 30 years and until April 2008 was called the Arun Valley Rail Users Association. We changed our name to WSRUA when we took on the West Coastway line which had been without user representation for 20 years and whose services are now closely linked to those on the Arun Valley.
It only costs £2 to join WSRUA for the year, which includes our regular newsletters and our annual general meeting in Horsham. The AGM gives our members the chance to question Southern's senior managers directly.
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Our newsletters and press releases are on the News page. We comment on rail issues in the local press and submit responses to rail consultation papers that may affect your services.
Answers to frequently asked questions about Southern's services can be found in our FAQ section.
We also run campaigns on various issues that we consider will make a big improvement to your rail services. Now that GoVia has secured the South Central franchise until 2014, our main campaigns will be ensuring that our members' views are heard in the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise competition, better punctuality, improved compensation for delays and more parking spaces at stations.
If you want to see improvements in your rail services then please support our campaigns by writing to us and the industry organisations listed on the campaigns page. The more people who take part, the greater influence we will have over our rail services and the better chance we have of getting things done.
The Arun Valley line runs through the scenic Sussex Weald alongside the River Arun down to the Sussex coast. There are many villages, pubs, events and historic attractions which are listed on our Information page along with maps, timetables, links and hints. To enjoy all this and more, the Southern DaySave ticket is a £12 day rover (£24 for a family of four) which gives you the freedom of the network after 10:00 Monday to Friday (except between 16:45 and 19:15 from Victoria, London Bridge, Clapham Junction or East Croydon) and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Travel along the beautiful Sussex coast from Rye in the east to Southampton in the west and enjoy a night out in London on this ticket, for a price that is often less than the normal cheap day return. This ticket is only available on the internet and must be bought at least one week in advance. You cannot buy this ticket at your local station ticket office.