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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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Timetable Downloads (PDF)

Chiltern Railways 19 May until 14 December 2019

Great Western Railway 19 May to 14 December 2019:
T10 London to Greenford, Heathrow Airport, Reading and Didcot Parkway (stopping services)
T12 Maidenhead to Bourne End and Marlow

GWR Planned Engineering

TfL Rail (MTR Crossrail) Timetable from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020
London Paddington to Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 & 4 and Reading (Local services).

Arriva Bus 35/36/37 Hign Wycombe - Bourne End - Maidenhead (PDF)

More timetable links on our Timetable Index.

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Compensation for Delays

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 19 May 2019
Engineering Summary

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
HST 43002 at Paddington 18.05.2019
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)

December Timetables Available

Printed timetables starting on 15th December are now available at staffed stations. The morning peak service to Paddington loses one train - the 0806. Other services are retimed by a few minutes. The average journey time is reduced by 1 minute, 40 seconds. On the branch, Marlow departures are 06/36, and from Bourne End 16/46.

Evening peak services have given rise to complaints because most GWR departures 1650 and 1820 are restricted to anytime and season ticket holders. Passengers with off-peak tickets will need to travel on the much slower TFL Rail services which provide much worse connections to the Marlow and Henley-on-Thames branches. Later on, the GWR services will be faster with fewer stops but the fast services to Maidenhead are withdrawn.

The T10 booklet covering Paddington to Didcot Parkway includes all four branches but excludes MTR services to Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, so the Greenford branch is left high and dry! TFL Rail services to Maidenhead and Reading are included. On the main table peak departures are clearly marked with white text on a red background. This has not been carried forward to the branch line tables. Notes and symbols are shown at the end of each section so are difficult to find.

More analysis to follow.
[20191116]

Crossrail Opening Delayed Again

Crossrail Ltd has announced that the opening date for through running has been put back until at least 2021. The cost estimate has gone up by another £650M. See this Guardian article
[20191108]

MTR Crossrail Renamed

Crossrail operator MTR Crossrail has renamed itself MTR Elizabeth Line, probably at the behest of Transport for London.

Marlow Branch Possessions

Crossrail upgrade work relating to Platform 5 at Maidenhead means that GWR will be unable to run branch line trains on the following Sundays: 21/7, 4/8, 11/8, 15/9, 27/9, 13/10, 27/10, 10/11, 17/11, 24/11, 1/12, 8/12 and 15/12.

GWR has started to put in a number of communications and will continue to update them as the weeks go by. These will include station posters, point of sale displays at ticket offices such as Maidenhead, and a slide on the “Transformation Displays” which can be found at Reading and London Paddington.
[20190704]

Track Renewal at Furze Platt

Network Rail will be relaying track between Furze Platt station and Half Way (near the end of Long Lane) starting this Sunday 17th November. Replace ment buses will be in operation. The level crossing will bve closed to road traffic including pedestrians from 00:10 on 17th November to 05:30 on 2nd December (continuously). If you drive or walk to the station you will need to approach from the west. Arriva route 37 to High Wycombe will be diverted via Cookham Road during this period.
[20191106]

GWR Fare Trap

As a result of the timetable changes in December, it appears that fares for some journeys will increase. In particular if a faster service means that the train arrives at Paddington before 10:00 when currently a similar departure arrives after 10:00 you would be charged the anytime fare instead of the off-peak fare.
[20191108]

Twyford Bike Rack ‘Unsafe’

The bike rack on platform 4 it has a major issue where the steel on the upper tier has broken and needs replacing. It has been condemned as unsafe and passengers who lock their bikes up on it are asked to use other parts of the station. GWR admits it has limited areas were they can do this. The lower tier is safe to use.

GWR is trying to get this resolved ASAP and hopefully it will be fixed within the next few weeks.
[20191107]

Update: Our friends at @HenleyTrains advise us that the top tier will be replaced in three to four weeks. The bottom tier is safe to use.
[20191111]

Overground Service on Boxing Day

This year on Thursday 26 December, services will operate on London Overground for the first time on Boxing Day, from Highbury & Islington to West Croydon and from Clapham Junction to Hackney Wick, complementing existing London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, tram and bus services.

Cookham Ticket Office Closed on Sats.

We have learnt that Cookham Ticket Office will no longer open on Saturdays, leaving Bourne End as the only staffed station.

Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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

EVENTS

Wednesday 13th November 16:00 to 19:00 - Meet the Team at Twyford - GWR December timetable update.

Thursday 21st November 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre - the Rev. Brian Arman presents a Broad GaugeJourney 1 Paddington to Bristol.

Monday 25th November 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. “Rail Freight Group” - an illustrated presentation by Maggie Simpson, Director General of the RFG.

Thursday 5th December 16:00 to 19:00 - Meet the Team at Paddington - GWR December timetable update.

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.

Sunday 22nd December - Saturday 4th January - Christmas timetable including some shutdowns. Details here.

Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th December - Track renewal and replacement overhead wiring in the Southall area trains will be unable to run between London Paddington and Slough/Reading.

Wednesday 25th to Thursday 26th December - No GWR train services.

Thursayd 26th December - we expect Chiltern to be operating between Marylebone, Bicester Village and Oxford.

Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December - track renewal between London Paddington and Reading reduced train service between London Paddington and Slough/Reading.

Saturday 4th January 10:00 to 16:30 - Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club Annual Show, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane SL6 3AX.

Friday 27th March 19:45 to 21:45 - MMPA Annual General Meeting at Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road (Map).

ARTICLES

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]

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

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Newsletter 181, May 2019 (PDF) (Archive)

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