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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

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

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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

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)

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.
[20190614]

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.
[20190511]

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.
[20190402]

GWR Rolls Out Touch Card

GWR 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 here.
[20190614]

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.
[20190402]

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 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.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2215 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Acton Main Line. 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 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.
Friday From approximately 2345 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 0019 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards connecting rail service to Reading.

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.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Due to a special event, the 2151 Hereford to London Paddington and 2301 Oxford to London Paddington services will call additionally at Twyford.

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 All day, an amended hourly GWR service will operate between Reading and Basingstoke.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2320 London Paddington to Oxford service will depart 3 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0502 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Taplow and Burnham. Please travel on alternative services to complete your journey.
Saturday The 2203 Reading to London Paddington service will depart 1 minute EARLIER than usual.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0019 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for a connecting rail service to Reading.

Advance Notice

Saturday 20th July From approximately 2300 until the end of service, and Sunday 21st all day, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.

EVENTS

Thursday 20th June 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. “55 Years of Railway Photography - Part 2” presented by Dr. Les Nixon. (joint meeting with RCTS.)

Wednesday 3rd July to Sunday 7th July - Henley Royal Regatta - some additional stops at Twyford and changes to Henley branch timetable. More information.

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.

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

Download PDF

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]

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 181, May 2019 (PDF) (Archive)

Presentations from the 2019 AGM can be downloaded here.

Transport Focus

Transport User Voice, June 2019 (HTML)

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Rail User Express June 2019 (PDF)
RailAction RA017 January 2019 (PDF)

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Community Rail News, June 2019 (HTML)

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