|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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.
Timetable Downloads (PDF)
From 21 May until 31 December 2017
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
Marlow Branch from 04 Sept
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
Intercity Express units 800 008 and 009 prepare for the launch into public service with the 07:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads on Monday 16th October. On the right 57604 “Pendennis Castle” is about to leave with the empty “Night Riviera” stock. (R. Porter)
GWR Launches Merchandise Shop
GWR will be launching an online souvenir shop here featuring the new GWR branding.
As a special offer to stakeholders such as ourselves, GWR is offering a 10% discount on all items (excluding postage) on your first purchase.
The offer is open until 24th November, so you will need to shop early for Christmas! To claim the discount, you need to enter GWR10 at the checkout page.
More Guards on the Branch
GWR has let us know they will be recruiting an additional 27 guards that will be able to work the Maidenhead - Marlow line (not all at once!) after the December timetable change. Senior Guards Manager, Martin Cliff, says this will allow him to provide better coverage on the line for unforseen circumstances such as short notice sickness. He writes “I have unfortunately had a number of cancellations attributed to a shortage of Guards this financial year and I am keen to ensure this does not become a trend and that GWR ensures a reliable service is provided to our customers.”
Trains are not allowed to work the Bourne End to Marlow section without a guard as there is no DOO (Driver Only Operation) equipment at Marlow,
such as a platform mirror or CCTV monitors.
We have noticed rather a lot of weekend cancellations of Chiltern Railways services due to staff shortages. We understand that this is because they
rely on rest day working and crews increasingly do not want to work on their rest days. As always at weekends, check before you travel.
Local MP Takes Up Our Issues
Wycombe MP Steve Baker (Con.) has taken up a number of issues that we raised with Chiltern Railways. You can see the questions and Chiltern’s
Ticket Machines for Marlow and Cookham
GWR will be installing ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Cookham and Marlow in December. They will be card-only (possibly NFC) .
WDC Funds Study into Reopening Link
Wycombe District Council has backed a £100,000 high level feasibility study over two years into the possibility of reinstating the Bourne End tp
High Wycombe line which was closed by BR in 1970 after employing devious ploys to reduce travel. The funding comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Save Money by Splitting Your Ticket
If you buy an anytime return ticket to Paddington you may save money by splitting your ticket at Slough, as long as you travel on trains which stop at Slough. For example the anytime return fare from Bourne End to Paddington is £24.90 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.60) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.10) saves you £2.20. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.50.
There are no such savings on off-peak or season tickets. However if you have a railcard and need to travel up in the morning peak then an anytime
single plus a reduced off-peak single to come back may save you money.
MMPA Wins Award
Railfuture has given a Silver Award to MMPA in the Best Web Site category of its Rail User Group Awards.
The Stourbridge Line User Group took the Gold. The certificate was presented by Railfuture Honorary President, Christian Wolmar, at the recent conference in Leicester.
Own trumpet duly blown!
Bourne End Car Park
The car park ticket machine has been removed as it was vandalised beyond economic repair. A replacement is on order but is expected to take about
ten weeks to arrive. In the mean time parking charges can still be paid using the APCOA Connect service which accounted for 95% of payments before
Bourne End Progress
GWR has awarded a contract to Atkins who are undertaking GRIP 1-3* work on the scheme to increase capacity. This will be in two phases: Phase A commencing this week is to design the track layout and to assess whether it will fit within the existing Network Rail land, and Phase B to complete the design up to GRIP 3 (Option selection). Topographical surveys will be undertaken during times when a replacement bus service is running because of Crossrail work at Maidenhead.
* GRIP is Network Rail’s process, Governance of Rail Investment Projects.
Update: The survey work has now been booked with Atkins and Network Rail, with possessions booked for 21-23 October and 12 November.
Three potential track designs are under consideration, some of which would require derogations (i.e. exemption from certain clearance regulations).
The current plan is to complete GRIP 3 by May 2018 but then Network Rail would need a further three months to finalise the design. So realistically
we’re not expecting to see any service improvements before 2019.
Update 2: Most of the survey work has been done but one further posession is needed, booked for 24th November with a backup of 6th December.
The specification of the project has been agreed between GWR and Network Rail.
Cookham Station Ticket Office
Good news! We have observed the temporary ticket cabin being installed at Cookham. The station building has been closed for remedial work after
dry rot was discovered. The building is the responsibility of Network Rail.
Update: The bad news is that GWR doesn’t seem to be able to find any staff to operate the new hut.
This is third hand information so treat with caution. Network Rail could be thinking about closing the branch for two to three months for a complete
infrastructure upgrade including the proposed Bourne End modifications. Replacement bus services would operate. This makes sense although it will be painful
when it happens. We have previously been told that there would be no major expenditure on the branch before 2024.
Twyford Station Relocation?
We've heard of a suggestion to relocate Twyford station to the East to make way for housing. Naturally residents and station users are up in arms about it,
fuelled by the local press. We think this is a non-starter because of the disruption it would cause. How, for example, do you get Henley branch trains
under the road bridge without having to run on the up relief line?
Which? Campaign for Better Rail Services
Consumer magazine Which? is running a campaign to demand a better rail service. You can sign their petition
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Thursday 23rd November, 19:00 - Railfuture Thames Valley Branch meeting, New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading RG1 8DU.
Friday 24th November, 19:45 - Slough & Windsor Railway Society, Thew Manor, Slough Station: George Bathurst - Windsor Link Railway Update.
Monday 27th November, 19:30 - RCTS, Cox Green Community Centre: DISCONNECTED - Broken Links in Britain’s Rail Policy, a presentation by Chris Austin
Thursday 21st December, 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre: Christmas Social (prebooked members only).
Saturday 23rd December - some Paddington platforms closed.
23rd December to 1st January - buses replace trains between Reigate and Gatwick Airport.
Sunday 24th December - Paddington Closed local services terminate at Slough. Bus connection from Maidenhead to High Wycombe for Marylebone services.
Monday 25th December, Christmas Day - No train services.
Tuesday 26th December, Boxing Day - Chiltern service between Oxford Parkwas, High Wycombe and Marylebone. No GWR services.
27th to 31st December - reduced services into Paddington.
Monday 1st January 2018 - No trains before 08:00, reduced service. New timetable; electric services between Paddington and Didcot Parkway.
Saturday 6th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club
Intercity Express - First Impressions
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.
Article: Electrifying the Branch
Obstacles and Opportunities
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Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?
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