Work of rail users’ group wins two national awards

PUBLISHED: 17:03 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 19 November 2013

Christian Wolmar on the left presenting award to Chris Austin.

Christian Wolmar on the left presenting award to Chris Austin.


A passenger group for the Exmouth rail line has won two national awards for its work representing local commuters.

The Avocet Line Rail Users Group (ALRUG) won the awards from campaign group Railfuture at its 2013 autumn conference.

ALRUG won the gold award for best newsletter and a silver award as runner-up in the competition for best rail user group website.

ALRUG chairman Tony Day said: “We work hard to keep passengers informed about what we are doing on their behalf.

“Those who join our group – and more than 200 have done so – get a full colour newsletter of 20 pages-plus, four times a year.

“We try to provide a mix of news and views about the line - past, present and future – which the panel of distinguished judges obviously found to their liking.

“Full credit to the volunteers who put the newsletter together, and distribute it.”

ALRUG’s website is available to anyone at

The site includes information about train services on the line and the places it serves, as well as information about the user group and how to join. There are also links to timetables and various rail information websites.

“Our website award is also very pleasing,” added Tony. “It is a work in progress and we have great plans to extend public information about places to go by train, on and from our line, and things to do when you get there.

“ALRUG members already get the bonus of a private members’ section – and optional email alerts when there are timetable changes or special events.”

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