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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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Bourne End Community Centre

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Chiltern Railways until 16 May 2020

Great Western Railway until 16 May 2020:
T10 London Paddington to Reading and Didcot Parkway (stopping trains)
(Includes services to Greenford, Windsor & Eton Central, Marlow and Henley-on-Thames)
T12 Maidenhead to Marlow

GWR Planned Engineering

TFL-RAIL (MTR Elizabeth Line) Timetable until 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)

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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
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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)

Furze Platt Parking

The Royal Borough is planning to introduce residents' parking charges in the next budget. This could affect the roads around Furze Platt station. More details when we know.

Engineering Work This Weekend 22/23 Feb

Network Rail will be carrying out track, signals and telecommunications maintenance at Cookham and Bourne End this weekend. This includes gauging work for Class 769 Flex trains (ex-Thameslink 319s but with diesel engines added) which could be used on the Maidenhead to Bourne End peak services at some time in the future.

At Cookham, Station Hill level crossing will be closed to traffic from 1am and 7am on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February. Diversions will be in operation. Access to High Road and Station Road will remain open throughout this time. Work will continue after the crossing reopens until 6am on Monday 24th February.

At Bourne End work will take place between midnight and 6 am on Tuesdays 11th and 18th February, and from midnight on 22nd February through to 6 am on Monday 24th. This could cause some disturbance at night but shouldn’t affect road traffic.

Buses will replace trains from Saturday 22nd after the last service on Friday night, and on Sunday 23rd February.

Buses will stop in their usual places except at Cookham where buses will depart from temporary stops on Maidenhead Road. Signage will be in place to direct customers to the correct locations.

Overcrowding in the Morning Peak

Please let us have your feedback

We hear reports of “fewer fast trains in the morning peak”. In fact there is only one fewer train than before but it is a critical one which used to start at Twyford. The current 0802 departure from Maidenhead to Paddington starts from Didcot Parkway so is full by the time it gets to Maidenhead. We are trying to get the relief train reinstated.

Update: GWR have replied saying that they cannot find a path to reinstate the relief train because of the increased number of trains from the wider area. Neither will they be able to insert a stop for one of these trains.

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In Cold Weather..

If you’re the last on or off a diesel unit, please close the train door. 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. Class 345 Aventras (TFL-RAIL) do not have passenger operated door close buttons.

Fares Chaos Rules

We know that the Government and campaigning organisations want to simplify fares. These are some of the “simplifications” that came into effect on 15th December or 2nd January.

  • As already reported some GWR services from Paddington in the evening peak, including those which connect with the Marlow branch, are restricted to holders of anytime and season tickets. If you try to buy tickets online the journey planner will only offer you the restricted trains. The app and web site don't show the cheaper but slower trains.
  • The first weekday off-peak connection from the branch to Paddington is 0846 from Marlow and 0935 from Maidenhead. The GWR online journey planner will not offer this journey. Hint: use Traveline.
  • From 2nd January NFC (“contactless”) travel is available at stations from Reading to Paddington excluding the branches. NFC tickets are valid on both TFL-RAIL and GWR services. They can't be used in conjunction with Railcards or child fares. Journeys commenced before 0930 are charged at the peak fare.
  • Oyster tickets are not valid west of West Drayton.
  • On 2nd January regulated fares rose by an average of 2.7%. Also the 0916 and 0923 weekday departures for Paddington became peak fare.
  • GWR mobile phone e-tickets are not available to and from TfL managed stations (all those from Taplow to Acton Mainline except Slough).
  • Off-peak London Travelcards can’t be put onto GWR Touch cards because the gatelines can’t distinguish between peak and off-peak on Touch, although they can on card tickets.
  • Children aged 5 to 10 years travel free on TFL-RAIL with a Zip photocard but have to pay on GWR. Accompanied under 5s travel free with a fare-paying adult.
  • TfL Freedom Passes can be used on TFL-RAIL but not GWR. Time restrictions apply to 60+ Freedom Passes.
  • Fares into London differ from fares for the same journey away from London.

Take note that consumption of alcohol is banned on all TfL trains, trams and buses.

Footnote We’ve heard that note A in timetable T10 for the 0923 MF departure from Maidenhead to Paddington is wrong. It should say that off-peak tickets will be accepted if you are travelling to Heathrow, so not between Hayes & Harlington and Paddington. It’s difficult to see how this will work because if you book an off-peak return to Heathrow you will be issued with a Zone 1-6 Travelcard, which is valid to Heathrow.

Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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


Thursday 20th February 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre - AGM.

Saturday 22nd to Monday 24th February - gauging work at Cookham and Bourne End (P2) - see above.

Monday 24th February 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. “Keeping Clan Line on the Main Line” presented by Chris Meredith.

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

Friday 22nd May at Bourne End Community Centre - Watch this space!

Saturday 6th June - Knowll Hill Model Railway Exhibition, Knowl Hill Village Hall, 10:00-17:00. Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club.

Advance Notice: Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th November - planned track renewal between Marlow and Bourne End, excluding Bourne End station. More details nearer the time.


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.

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 182, December 2019 (PDF) (Archive)

Presentations from the 2019 AGM can be downloaded here.


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