Great Marlow Line MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD PASSENGERS’ ASSOCIATION

TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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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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Chiltern Railways 9th December 2018 until 18 May 2019

Great Western Railway 01 January to 18 March 2019:
T8 Reading & Didcot Parkway to Oxford and Banbury
T10 London to Greenford, Heathrow, Reading and Didcot Parkway (local trains)
T12 Maidenhead - Marlow

GWR Planned Engineering

Arriva 37 Bus High Wycombe - Maidenhead (from 02 Jan)
Arriva 35/6/7 High Wycombe - Bourne End Summary (from 02 Jan)

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For information see GWR’s web site or download the Delay Compensation Form (PDF).

For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.


 
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Marlow Branch
from 01 Jan 2019

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
IET 800008 at Paddington 15.10.2017
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)

Maurice Oram 1935-2018

Maurice Oram

We are very sad to report the death of our Honorary President, Maurice Oram, on 20th December after a short illness. He was 83. Known as “Mr Marlow”, he was a town councillor of Marlow and five times mayor. Maurice was instrumental in founding the Marlow - Maidenhead Railway Passengers’ Association in 1972, following the closure of the line from Bourne End to High Wycombe two years earlier. He was also vice-president of Marlow Football Club and served on the Riley Park Trust.
[20181228]

Crossrail - More Delay, More Money

The Crossrail project has been given a £1.4bn bail-out of which £1.3bn is a loan from the DfT and the rest is from the GLA. The launch date has been pushed further back. The Mayor has announced that the new chair of Crossrail will be Tony Meggs, replacing Sir Terry Morgan.
[20181210]

Rail Ombudsman Appointed

The Rail Ombudsman is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which offers a free, expert service to help sort out unresolved customer complaints about service providers within the rail industry. It will have the power to instruct train companies to pay compensation. All major train operators in the UK that have franchise agreements with the Department for Transport must abide by any ombudsman decision. Unresolved complaints against Transport for London will still need to taken to watchdog London TravelWatch.
[20181128]

Last HST Leaves Old Oak Common Depot

Old Oak Common

Great Western Railway knows how to celebrate in style, but the remarkable thing about this video is that the whole event was organised by the staff at the depot without the knowledge of top management. That included making sure that the power car 43093 Old Oak Common HST Depot 1976 - 2018 was the last to leave. Many of those involved would be losing their jobs when the depot closed on 8th December to make way for the new HS2 station. The singer is Claire Rossi. Congratulations and best wishes for the future to all concerned.
[20181221]

door close

In Cold Weather..

If you’re the last on or off a diesel unit, please close the train doors. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations. The doors on Class 387 Electrostars will close automatically after a short interval if not being used.

Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.


Older News

Bourne End in 1947

Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.

Planned Engineering Work

Thames Valley Summary

There are other changes to long distance services, and to Basingstoke, Bedwyn and North Downs services.

Visit the GWR web site for more details.

Week 46 - Saturday 9th to Friday 15th February

Saturday From the start of service until approximately 0630, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

Other alterations to Newbury/Bedwyn, Guildford and West Country.

Week 47 - Saturday 16th to Friday 22nd February

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell.
Saturday All day, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Sunday All day, trains will not call at Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday From approximately 2215 until 0515 the following morning, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0019 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards rail connection to Reading.
Saturday From approximately 2300 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Sunday The 2216 Marlow to Maidenhead service will terminate at Bourne End. A replacement bus will run between Bourne End and Maidenhead.

EVENTS

Thursday 21st February 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. AGM with Paul Stanford, Route Delivery Director for Network Rail Western.

Monday 25th February 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. An illustrated presentation by Peter Miles.

Friday 29th March 19:45 - MMPA AGM, Bourne End (Bucks) Community Centre (map).

Wednesday 1st May - DfT Consultation on Extending Pay-As-You-Go ends.

Wednesday 15th May - Community Rail in the City. Various city centre locations. Details to follow.

Sunday 19th May - Summer timetables start. Minimal changes expected.

Friday 31st May - Williams Rail Review Stakeholder Consultation ends.

Saturday 8th June 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Knowl Hill Village Hall. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club

ARTICLES

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

Battery Trains for the Branch?

We get a ride on Viva Rail’s Class 230.

GWR Report to the AGM 2018

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Intercity Express - First Impressions

IET Launch, 16th October 2017

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.
[20160611]

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 180, December 2018 (PDF)

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Latest Railfuture Publications

Railwatch No. 158 December 2018 (PDF)
Rail User Express Jamuary 2019 (PDF)
RailAction RA017 January 2019 (PDF)

Transport Focus

Transport User Voice, February 2019 (HTML)

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