|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
Events and Articles
Planned Engineering Works
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)
Great Western Railway 19 May to 14 December 2019:
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
from 19 May 2019
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
HST Finale - Power Car 43002 “Sir Kenneth Grange” is the last to leave Paddington on a scheduled service on Saturday 18th May 2019, propelling the 1830 to Exeter St. David’s. 43198 was leading. (R. Porter)
GWR Revamps Customer Panel
Caroline Cummins has been appointed to a new role of Customer Engagement Manager in the GWR Customer Experience team, responsible for the future Customer Panel meetings and ongoing interaction between customers and the business. MMPA is now represented on the Customer Panel. Previously the panel operated independently of user groups and other stakeholders. The team plans to communicate with members through meetings, surveys and on-line quick polls. MMPA will raise members’ issues through the panel and other appropriate channels when necessary.
Delay Repay 15 on GWR
GWR customers with single, return or weekly tickets are now able to claim compensation for any delay over 15 minutes whatever the cause. 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.
You can read the DfT press release here.
High Speed Trains Bow Out
Great Western’s full length High Speed Trains (HSTs) otherwise known as Inter-City 125s will make their final runs in public service on Saturday
18th May. Four trains will be in service on the day and will converge on Paddington between 18:00 and 18:30. HSTs will remain in service with other operators
for a while, and GWR will be retaining some shortened HSTs for use in the South-West. The High Speed Train was introduced in 1977 and it transformed long
distance services on non-electrified routes.
New Token Instruments on Order
Network Rail has commissioned four new token instruments to replace the three instruments on the branch (one at Maidenhead and two at Bourne End), plus
one spare. This follows a number of reliability problems with the existing (original) Great Western style instruments. The new instruments will look the
same but will contain modern electronics which should be a lot more reliable.
GWR Rolls Out Touch Card
GWR is extending its touch smartcard across the region. You can load tickets onto it, including weekly and monthly season tickets, singles, returns and London Travelcards. You need to purchase the ticket first, either online or at a station, then you can touch in and out as with Oyster. Unlike Oyster you can’t put money on the card and it doesn’t charge you automatically for your journey.
So far we haven’t found a journey that we can add to the card but hopefully some will be added over time. More information
Bourne End Modifications
Update: There's yet another twist to the story, and this time things are looking up. Network Rail and GWR have found another layout which seems to meet their requirements with only minor derogations from regulations. This is basically a modification of the original plan with the lines from platforms 1 and 2 towards Marlow joining closer to the station. This would allow trains for Maidenhead to depart from platform 1.
Network Rail will be installing miniature warning lights at the Mill Lane footpath and Upper Thames Sailing Club crossings, followed later by Spade Oak
and Calcot Lane crossings. British Transport Polics (BTP) have told us that they will not be calling for further enforcement cameras. At present only Furze
Platt crossing has enforcement cameras and the other three road crossings do not have a high level of abuse. BTP would require legislation to support cameras
at user worked crossings. They believe that the main problem with these is users not following the instructions and not letting the signaller know when
they had cleared the crossing.
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 12 - Saturday 15th to Friday 21st June
Nothing in our area.
Week 13 - Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — The 2031 Oxford to London Paddington service will run 4 minutes EARLIER throughout.
Week 14 - Saturday 29th June to Friday 5th July
Saturday — From the start of service until approximately 0630, trains will not call at Taplow or Burnham. Replacement buses will run
between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Week 15 - Saturday 6th to Friday 12th July
Sunday — The 0010 Marlow to Maidenhead service will terminate at Bourne End. Change at Bourne End for a replacement bus to Maidenhead.
Saturday 20th July — From approximately 2300 until the end of service, and Sunday 21st all day, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Sunday 15th December - New timetable starts - big speed-up on GWR (we hope). MTR Crossrail takes over Reading - Paddington stopping service. Didcot Parkway service remains with GWR.
Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018
Battery Trains for the Branch?
GWR Report to the AGM 2018
Intercity Express - First Impressions
Electrifying the Branch -
Latest MMPA Newsletter
Presentations from the 2019 AGM can be downloaded here.
Latest Railfuture Publications
Association of Community Rail Partnerships
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