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The Marlow - Maidenhead Passengers' Association is the public transport user group - bus and train - in the area served by the Maidenhead to Marlow railway line in the Thames Valley including its former route into High Wycombe. We cover main line services from Taplow, Maidenhead and Twyford as well as High Wycombe station. The Association’s Constitution may be viewed here.

We lobby the operators and local government on behalf of users to improve services and facilities, and we bring you timely information regarding proposed and actual service changes.

The more members we have the stronger is our voice in fighting for your interests. For more about the benefits of membership and an application form please visit the Membership Page or e-mail us.
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Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
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GWR Electrostar Launch

GWR launched its new Class 387 Electrostar train at Paddington on Friday 2nd September. An eight-car formation was stationned at platform 8 and was available for customers to look over.

See our photos here.

We understand the Electrostars will be running between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington on weekday evenings from Monday 5th September.

Revised GWR Timetable from 12th September

GWR has issued a revised version of the E1 timetable booklet (Paddington to Reading and branches, local services) which starts on 12th September. This shows the new Class 387 Electrostar service between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington. We are sending copies to members who have requested printed timetables.

A revised timetable for West of England services via Castle Cary is available to download.

Electrics to Maidenhead in 2017

GWR is planning to introduce an electric service between Maidenhead and Paddington next year. This could be from the May timetable change but is obviously subject to the overhead line equipment being commissioned by then.

Big Housing Developments Need Public Transport

Housing developments are proposed for Slate Meadow. Bourne End (250 houses) and in the field behind the Garibaldi, accessed through Holland Farm (500 houses). The roads are very narrow, Cookham Bridge a major problem , Bourne End Parade not easy, Hedsor Road already tough. This clearly brings public transport into the frame in a big way and MMPA is on the case!

The group responsible can be found at Don’t Destroy Bourne End.

Arriva Route 37 - New Timetable starts 4th September

Also route 35 from Bourne End to High Wycombe.

Taplow Stopping Position

We are pressing GWR and Network Rail to move the stopping positions for short trains (2/3 car) at Taplow. At present down trains stop at the country end of platform 3 but the temporary bridge they must use is at the London end. In the up direction short trains stop unnecessarily at the country end of platform 4.

No Toilets on Crossrail Trains

Class 700 accessible toilet

This is one of the accessible toilets on the new Thameslink Class 700 trains. In stark contrast Crossrail trains will have no lavatories. We think this is unacceptable on trains running between Berkshire and Kent or Essex. If North - South trains can have toilets why not East - West trains? The accessible toilet takees up the space of six passengers which is a negligible reduction.

RAIB Issues Report on Paddington Derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has issued an independent report (HTML) on the SPAD and consequent derailment at Paddington on 16th June 2016.

Severn Tunnel Blockade

The Severn Tunnel is scheduled to be closed from 12th September to 21st October for electrification. This will necessitate some cancellations and slower journeys to South Wales via Gloucester.

Article: Electrifying the Branch

Obstacles and Opportunities

A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.

Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?

Read this article from the Bucks Free Press.

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