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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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MMPA AGM 29 MARCH AT 19:45
Bourne End Community Centre

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Chiltern Railways 9th December 2018 until 18 May 2019

Great Western Railway 01 January to 18 May 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 2017. On the right 57604 “Pendennis Castle” is about to leave with the empty “Night Riviera” stock. (R. Porter)

Speed-up in December

GWR is consulting with stakeholders, including ourselves, on the new timetable to be introduced in December 2019. Journey times will be reduced as GWR takes advantage of the performance of its new trains. The speed-up should have happened last December but GWR got caught in the backwash of the Northern/GTR timetable fiasco last May. This year’s May update will be minimal.

The new timetables haven’t been finalised so we can't give details, but MTR-Crossrail will take over the two trains per hour (tph) service between Paddington and Reading (probably still branded as TFL-RAIL) whilst GWR will run 2 tph between Paddington and Didcot Parkway. The alternate stopping pattern (Taplow and Burnham vs Langley and Iver) will continue off-peak. During the peaks, GWR will run fast services between Maidenhead and Paddington with about half calling at Slough. MTR will provide the stopping service on the relief lines.

We are pressing for good connections at Maidenhead between the GWR mainline services and the Marlow branch.
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Bourne End Modifications

The project to provide two trains per hour all day is making slow progress. A risk assessment has needed to be carried out on all level crossings on the branch because of the extra train movements. Most of the crossings are on the Bourne End to Marlow section and many of these are occupation and user worked crossings which are known to be misused. Some crossings may need miniature warning lights and/or enhanced signage.

Because of the tight curve into Bourne End from Marlow Network Rail has required that platform 1 be used for trains departing towards Marlow because their speed will be lower than when arriving. Although it might seem logical to use the up platform (2) for Maidenhead trains this is less than ideal for several reasons. Most passengers using the station travel towards Maidenhead and the ticket office, waiting room and canopy are on platform 1. Also it means that there is potentially a conflict if trains arrive at the same time (because their paths cross over). In this situation one train would be held outside the station while the other one crossed in front of it. If the platforms were swapped over the conflict could arise on departure so one train could wait in the station while the other departed.
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Delay Repay 15 on GWR from 1 April

GWR customers with single, return or weekly tickets will be able to claim compensation for any delay over 15 minutes whatever the cause. GWR has been preparing for the change and has invested in new systems to make claiming as easy as possible. Over the next few weeks the company will be contacting customers to let them know about the change. Full details of the scheme and how to claim are on the GWR website here

GWR is continuing discussions about compensation arrangements for monthly or longer season tickets holders. The current arrangements will continue for the time being and season ticket holders will retain their existing renewal discounts. It will then move season ticket holders to Delay Repay as performance improves.

GWR MD Mark Hopwood said “We have wanted to offer our customers simple, consistent, easy to claim compensation for some time and I am delighted that the new scheme is now in place.”

You can read the DfT press release here.
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Reading Buses set to Purchase Courtney

Reading Buses is about to purchase Finchampstead based Courtney Buses which provides local services in Maidenhead. The Courtney business will continue as it is for the time being, and will eventually absorb Reading’s outpost at Slough which operates Green Line route 702. Courtney's founder and MD, Bill Courtney-Smith will retire.
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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 may be other changes to long distance services, and to Basingstoke, Bedwyn, Oxford and North Downs services.

Visit the GWR web site for more details.

Week 51 - Saturday 16th March to Friday 22nd March

Saturday The 2250 London Paddington to Oxford service will depart 3 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2320 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will depart 6 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Sunday The 0645 London Paddington to Reading service will start from Slough at 0740. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough to connect with the train.
Monday The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing or Hanwell. Use alternative TfL Rail services to complete your journey.
Monday and Wednesday From approximately 2200 until 0515 the following morning, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

Week 52 - Saturday 23rd March to Friday 29th March

Saturday The 2250 London Paddington to Oxford service will depart 3 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2320 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will depart 6 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Sunday The 0645 London Paddington to Reading service will start from Slough at 0740. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough to connect with the train.
Monday The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing or Hanwell. Use alternative TfL Rail services to complete your journey.
Monday and Wednesday From approximately 2200 until 0515 the following morning, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

Week 01 - Saturday 30th March to Friday 5th April

Saturday The 2320 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will depart 6 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Sunday The 0645 London Paddington to Reading service will start from Slough at 0740. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough to connect with the train.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2201 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Langley, Iver and West Drayton. The 2314 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at Southall and West Drayton. The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell. Please travel on alternative services to complete your journey.
Monday, 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, Taplow and Burnham. The 0502 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Taplow or Burnham. Please travel on a later service to complete your journey.
Friday - From approximately 2330 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Taplow and Burnham.

Week 02 - Saturday 6th to Friday 12th April

Saturday The 2250 London Paddington to Oxford service will depart 3 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2320 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will depart 6 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Sunday The 0645 London Paddington to Reading service will start from Slough at 0740. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough to connect with the train.
Saturday From the start of service until approximately 0630, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

EVENTS

Thursday 21st March 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. Ken Livermore presents “UK Steam Preserved, 1968 to the present day”.

Saturday 23rd March - trains into London in the morning and out of London later on may be crowded because of the “Put It To The People” march.

Monday 25th March 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. An Evening with Mark Hopwood, MD, Great Western Railway.

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

Tuesday 23rd April 18:30 for 19:00 - Railfuture Thames Valley AGM, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, OX1 1BX. Talk by Cllr. Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council’s Board Member for Planning and Transport.

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.
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Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 180, December 2018 (PDF)

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

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Transport User Voice, February 2019 (HTML)

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