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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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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)

Biggest Timetable Change Since 1976!

GWR is gearing up for the December timetable change on 15th December, which will be the most extensive since 1976. For details please see GWR’s Timetable 2019 page

The timetable is now agreed ahead of the “T-12” (Timetable start minus 12 weeks) deadline after which tickets go on sale. Expect your journey times to change. As a rough guide, morning peak departures from Maidenhead will be at 01/31, off-peak xx20, evening peak 20/50. From Marlow will be at 06/36, xx00 and 24/54 respectively. The last connecting train back from Paddington on weekdays will depart at 2315. Saturday departures will be xx39 from Maidenhead and xx06 from Marlow, and on Sunday xx26 from Maidenhead and xx55 from Marlow. The last branch train on Sundays will be at 2135 from Maidenhead, 2202 from Marlow.

Journey times between London and Maidenhead will be significantly shorter as the new train fleets are allowed to stretch their legs. The fastest run takes 17 minutes (IET from Worcester). Off-peak journey times range between 33 and 43 minutes.

GWR will operate the Paddington - Didcot Parkway service plus fast services to/from Paddington in the peaks. The Paddington - Reading stopping service will be operated by MTR-Crossrail under TFL-Rail branding. Crossrail Ltd hopes to have the central section open by March 2021 (except Bond Street) when trains will be rebranded Elizabeth Line. Tickets will be interoperable.

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.
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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.

Bourne End Update

There is a key meeting for the project in the first week of October when the signalling proposal will go to the Network Rail Minor Schemes Review Panel for consideration. If this goes well GWR will proceed towards submission for Approval In Principle for the scheme.

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 understand that only season tickets can be put on the touch card. You can't put tickets onto your touch card via the GWR app. More information 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 25 - Saturday 14th to Friday 20th September

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell. The 2314 London Paddington to Reading service will depart 2 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Saturday The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run between Slough and London Paddington. The 0100 London Paddington to Reading service (Sunday morning) will start from Slough. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough.
Sunday From the start of service until approximately 0800, buses will replace trains between London Paddington and Slough.
Sunday All day, trains from London Paddington to Bedwyn/Bristol Temple Meads/Cheltenham Spa/South Wales/the West of England will depart at amended times to usual.
Saturday From approximately 2115 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Sunday All day, trains will not call at Burnham. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Burnham.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 0502 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Taplow or Burnham. Please travel on a later service.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 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.
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 26 - Saturday 21st to Friday 27th September

Saturday The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run between Slough and London Paddington. The 0100 London Paddington to Reading service (Sunday morning) will start from Slough. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough.
Sunday From the start of service until approximately 0800, buses will replace trains between London Paddington and Slough.
Sunday All day, trains from London Paddington to Bedwyn/Bristol Temple Meads/Cheltenham Spa/Hereford/Oxford/South Wales/ the West of England/Worcester will depart up to 10 minutes EARLIER usual.
Saturday From the start of service until approximately 0630, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

Week 27 - Saturday 28th September to Friday 4th October

Saturday From approximately 2115 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Sunday All day, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow and between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames.
Saturday The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run between Slough and London Paddington. The 0100 London Paddington to Reading service (Sunday morning) will start from Slough. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2314 London Paddington to Reading service will depart 5 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell.
Saturday From approximately 2115 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Sunday All day, 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 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 travel on a later service.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0019 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards rail connection to Reading.

Week 28 - Saturday 5th to Friday 11th October

Saturday The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run between Slough and London Paddington. The 0100 London Paddington to Reading service (Sunday morning) will start from Slough. A replacement bus will run between London Paddington and Slough.
Sunday All day, trains from London Paddington to Bedwyn/Bristol Temple Meads/Cheltenham Spa/Hereford/Oxford/South Wales/ the West of England/Worcester will depart up to 8 minutes EARLIER than usual.

Week 29 - Saturday 12th to Friday 18th October

Sunday All day, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Saturday From approximately 2100 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Saturday From approximately 2045 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames.
Sunday From the start of service until approximately 1300 and again from 2145 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Twyford and Henley-on-Thames.
Saturday The 0518 London Paddington to Great Malvern service will depart 3 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The 2314 London Paddington to Reading service will depart 4 minutes EARLIER than usual. The 2351 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at West Ealing and Hanwell.
Sunday The 2104 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at Langley or Iver.
Saturday From approximately 2115 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham and Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
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 or Burnham. Please travel on a later train.
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.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday The 0019 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for a rail connection to Reading.

Week 30 - Saturday 19th to Friday 25th October

Saturday From the start of service until approximately 1330, stopping services between London Paddington and Reading/ Didcot Parkway will be amended. Some services will not run. The 2032 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at Langley and Iver. The 2102 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at Taplow and Burnham.
Sunday All day, trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads/Cheltenham Spa/Great Malvern/Hereford/Oxford/ South Wales/Worcester will depart up to 12 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Saturday The 0510 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Burnham and Taplow. A replacement bus will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.

EVENTS

Thursday 19th September 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. Tim Speechley presents “A 70s Miscellany - Part 4”.

Thursday 19th September - Lecture: The Elizabeth line - Network Rail readiness. This was rescheduled to 5th September.

Saturday 21st September 10:00 - Railfuture Annual Conference, Bristol.

Monday 23rd September 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. John Day: “East Anglian Cameraman from the 1980s”.

Thursday 10th October 2019 19:00 - Lecture: Railway Signalling, from Policemen to Digital Rail. Venue: Reading UTC, Crescent Road, Reading RG1 5RQ. 19.30 start, to 21.00. Institution of Engineering & Technology.

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.

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.
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Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

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