|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
Events and Articles
Planned Engineering Works
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.
Timetable Downloads (PDF)
Great Western Railway 01 January to 18 May 2019:
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
to 18 May 2019
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
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)
Speed-up in December
GWR is consulting with stakeholders, including ourselves, on the new timetable to be introduced in December 2019. Journey times will be reduced as GWR takes advantage of the performance of its new trains. The speed-up should have happened last December but GWR got caught in the backwash of the Northern/GTR timetable fiasco last May. This year’s May update will be minimal.
The new timetables haven’t been finalised so we can't give details, but MTR-Crossrail will take over the two trains per hour (tph) service between Paddington and Reading (probably still branded as TFL-RAIL) whilst GWR will run 2 tph between Paddington and Didcot Parkway. The alternate stopping pattern (Taplow and Burnham vs Langley and Iver) will continue off-peak. During the peaks, GWR will run fast services between Maidenhead and Paddington with about half calling at Slough. MTR will provide the stopping service on the relief lines.
We are pressing for good connections at Maidenhead between the GWR mainline services and the Marlow branch.
Bourne End Modifications
The project to provide two trains per hour all day is making slow progress. A risk assessment has needed to be carried out on all level crossings on the branch because of the extra train movements. Most of the crossings are on the Bourne End to Marlow section and many of these are occupation and user worked crossings which are known to be misused. Some crossings may need miniature warning lights and/or enhanced signage.
Because of the tight curve into Bourne End from Marlow Network Rail has required that platform 1 be used for trains departing towards Marlow because
their speed will be lower than when arriving. Although it might seem logical to use the up platform (2) for Maidenhead trains this is less than ideal for
several reasons. Most passengers using the station travel towards Maidenhead and the ticket office, waiting room and canopy are on platform 1. Also it
means that there is potentially a conflict if trains arrive at the same time because their paths cross. In this situation one train would be held
outside the station while the other one crossed in front of it. If the platforms were swapped over the conflict could arise on departure so one train
could wait in the station while the other departed.
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.
Presentations from the AGM can be downloaded here.
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.
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.
Reading Buses set to Purchase Courtney
Reading Buses is about to purchase Finchampstead based Courtney Buses which provides local services in Maidenhead. The Courtney business will continue
as it is for the time being, and will eventually absorb Reading’s outpost at Slough which operates Green Line route 702. Courtney's founder and MD,
Bill Courtney-Smith will retire.
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.
Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.
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 03 - Saturday 13th to Friday 19th April
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — The 2201 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Langley, Iver or
West Drayton. Please travel on alternative services to complete your journey. 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 use alternative TfL Rail services to complete your journey.
Week 04 - Saturday 20th to Friday 26th April
Nothing in our area.
Week 05 - Saturday 27th April to Friday 3rd May
Sunday — From the start of service until approximately 0930, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Week 06 - Saturday 4th to Friday 10th May
Saturday — From approximately 2245 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
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.
Thursday 18th April 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. Paul Chancellor: “8th Colour Rail Journey”
Tuesday 23rd April 18:30 for 19:00 - Railfuture Thames Valley AGM, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, OX1 1BX. Talk by Cllr. Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council’s Board Member for Planning and Transport.
Saturday 18th May - HST Finale - last full length HST services converging on Paddington around 18:00.
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
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