Great Marlow Line MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD PASSENGERS’ ASSOCIATION

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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 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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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
upto 18 May 2019
from 19 May 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)

Timetable Change on 19 May

The new timetable comes into force on Sunday 19th May. The branch timetable has only one change that we've spotted: the 1846 Monday to Friday Maidenhead to Bourne End is retimed to depart at 1843 and run three minutes earlier throughout. The Marlow connection is unchanged, as are the Saturday and Sunday services.
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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.
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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.
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AGM 2019

Presentations from the AGM can be downloaded here.
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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.
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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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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 07 - Saturday 11th to Friday 17th May

Saturday From approximately 2300 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2157 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will call additionally at Southall. The 2314 London Paddington to Reading service will depart 2 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell. Please travel on alternative TfL Rail services to complete your journey.
Saturday From approximately 2300 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Sunday From the start of service until approximately 0800 and again from 2300 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday From approximately 2215 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0502 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Please travel on a later service to complete your journey.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0017 Henley-on-Thames to Reading will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards rail connection to Reading.

Week 08 - Saturday 18th to Friday 24th May

Saturday From approximately 2345 until 0815 the following morning, buses will replace trains between London Paddington and Slough. Some rail services which go beyond these stations will be amended and some will not run. The 2130 Taunton to London Paddington service will terminate at Reading. Change at Reading for an onwards replacement bus to London Paddington.
Sunday All day, trains from London Paddington to Reading (and beyond) will depart EARLIER than usual.

Week 09 - Saturday 25th to Friday 31st May

Saturday The 2312 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway will terminate at Reading. Change at Reading for an onwards rail connection towards Didcot Parkway.
Sunday The 1912 London Paddington to Swansea service will depart 7 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Sunday All day, trains between London Paddington and Oxford/Worcester/Great Malvern/Hereford will depart EARLIER than usual and not call at Didcot Parkway. Stopping services between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway will terminate/start at Reading. Services which usually run between Didcot Parkway and Oxford will be extended to start/terminate at Reading.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday From approximately 2200 until the end of service, trains will depart London Paddington up to 10 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2201 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Langley and Iver. The 2353 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell.
Saturday From approximately 2345 until 0800 Sunday morning, trains will not call at Taplow or Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow (buses will not run to Taplow after 0030).
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday From approximately 2200 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0502 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Taplow and Burnham. Please use alternative services to complete your journey.
Friday From approximately 2330 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

Week 10 - Saturday 1st to Friday 7th June

Saturday From approximately 2345 until 0815 the following morning, buses will replace trains between London Paddington and Slough. Some rail services which go beyond these stations will be amended and some will not run. The 2128 Taunton to London Paddington service will terminate at Reading. Change at Reading for an onwards replacement bus to London Paddington.
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./p

Week 11 - Saturday 8th to Friday 14th June

Saturday From approximately 2245 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2215 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Acton Main Line. The 2259 London Paddington to Reading service will depart 2 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing or Hanwell. Please use alternative TfL Rail services to complete your journey.
Saturday From approximately 2300 until 0800 Sunday morning, trains will not call at Taplow (until 0030. No Sunday service) or Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Sunday From approximately 2300 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday From approximately 2200 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0502 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Please travel on alternative services to complete your journey.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0017 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards connecting rail service to Reading.

EVENTS

Saturday 18th May - HST Finale - last full length GWR HST services converging on Paddington around 18:00-18:30.

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

Monday 20th May 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. “Railways of China” presented by Peter Robbins

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

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

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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