|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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)
From 21 May until 31 December 2017
Chiltern Railway to 09 December
New Timetables from 10 December (Chiltern) or 01 January (GWR)
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
Marlow Branch to 31 Dec 2017
Marlow Branch from 01 Jan 2018
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. On the right 57604 “Pendennis Castle” is about to leave with the empty “Night Riviera” stock. (R. Porter)
Fares up in January
Regulated rail fares will increase by 3.6% on January 2nd. Overall, fares are expected to rise by 3.4% on average. This is largely caused by the
spike in inflation following the Brexit vote, but we think it is monsterous that the Government is making passengers pay an extra 1% on top of inflation
(still measured by the discredited Retail Prices Index) while fuel duty for motorists has been frozen for several years. This does not look like a
sustainable transport policy.
GWR Franchise Extended
The Department for Transport will exercise its option to extend the GWR Direct Award Franchise by an extra year to March 31st 2020. It is also
looking to negotiate a further two-year management contract which will hopefully see out the completion of electrification to Bristol and Newbury
as well as the full introduction of Class 387, 800 and 802 trains, and the consequent cascade of older units towards the South-West (Turbos to Bristol,
150s to Devon and Cornwall and 142s to the scrap yard). In addition a number of High Speed Trains will be reduced to 2-plus-4 formations and upgraded
with power doors and accessible controlled emission toilets (i.e. with retention tanks) for use over the South Devon banks.
Chiltern Relents on Timetables
Following an outcry from customers after it announced that its printed timetable booklets would be withdrawn, Chiltern Railways has relented
and has produced a limited number of booklets. They are currently available from High Wycombe Station so get yours before they go!
Please note the Chiltern timetables change on 10th December. You can download the booklet and a number of derivative leaflets
from this page.
More Guards on the Branch
GWR has let us know they will be recruiting an additional 27 guards that will be able to work the Maidenhead - Marlow line (not all at once!) after the December timetable change. Senior Guards Manager, Martin Cliff, says this will allow him to provide better coverage on the line for unforseen circumstances such as short notice sickness. He writes “I have unfortunately had a number of cancellations attributed to a shortage of Guards this financial year and I am keen to ensure this does not become a trend and that GWR ensures a reliable service is provided to our customers.”
Trains are not allowed to work the Bourne End to Marlow section without a guard as there is no DOO (Driver Only Operation) equipment at Marlow,
such as a platform mirror or CCTV monitors.
Cookham Station Ticket Office
Good news! We have observed the temporary ticket cabin being installed at Cookham. The station building has been closed for remedial work after
dry rot was discovered. The building is the responsibility of Network Rail.
Update: The bad news is that GWR doesn’t seem to be able to find any staff to operate the hut.
Ticket Machines for Marlow and Cookham
GWR will be installing ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Cookham and Marlow in December. They will be card-only (probably NFC) .
Save Money by Splitting Your Ticket
If you buy an anytime return ticket to Paddington you may save money by splitting your ticket at Slough, as long as you travel on trains which stop at Slough. For example the anytime return fare from Bourne End to Paddington is £24.90 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.60) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.10) saves you £2.20. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.50.
There are no such savings on off-peak or season tickets. However if you have a railcard and need to travel up in the morning peak then an anytime
single plus a reduced off-peak single to come back may save you money.
Crossed Legs on Crossrail Campaign
Unlike our current GWR trains or the North-South Thameslink trains, the new East-West Elizabeth Line trains will have no toilets and
very limited, mostly inwards-facing seats. A 9-car Crossrail train will have fewer seats than a 5-car Turbo. Click on the image to enlarge.
MMPA Wins Award
Railfuture has given a Silver Award to MMPA in the Best Web Site category of its Rail User Group Awards.
The Stourbridge Line User Group took the Gold. The certificate was presented by Railfuture Honorary President, Christian Wolmar, at the recent conference in Leicester.
Own trumpet duly blown!
In Cold Weather..
If you’re the last on or off, please close the train doors. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations.
Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.
Taplow Footbridge Update
It now looks as though TfL, which takes over Taplow and Burnham stations on 10th December, will not go ahead with the reinstatement of the Taplow footbridge.
This is despite the fact that we were told it was an insurance job and would be done. Current thinking is that a new footbridge will be installed, with lifts
to all three platforms (1, 2/3 and 4). The old bridge is likely to be donated to a heritage railway.
Bourne End Car Park
The car park ticket machine has been removed as it was vandalised beyond economic repair. A replacement is on order but is expected to take about
ten weeks to arrive. In the mean time parking charges can still be paid using the APCOA Connect service which accounted for 95% of payments before
Bourne End Progress
GWR has awarded a contract to Atkins who are undertaking GRIP 1-3* work on the scheme to increase capacity. This will be in two phases: Phase A commencing this week is to design the track layout and to assess whether it will fit within the existing Network Rail land, and Phase B to complete the design up to GRIP 3 (Option selection). Topographical surveys will be undertaken during times when a replacement bus service is running because of Crossrail work at Maidenhead.
* GRIP is Network Rail’s process, Governance of Rail Investment Projects.
Update: The survey work has now been booked with Atkins and Network Rail, with possessions booked for 21-23 October and 12 November.
Three potential track designs are under consideration, some of which would require derogations (i.e. exemption from certain clearance regulations).
The current plan is to complete GRIP 3 by May 2018 but then Network Rail would need a further three months to finalise the design. So realistically
we’re not expecting to see any service improvements before 2019.
Update 2: Most of the survey work has been done but one further posession is needed, booked for 24th November with a backup of 6th December.
The specification of the project has been agreed between GWR and Network Rail.
Which? Campaign for Better Rail Services
Consumer magazine Which? is running a campaign to demand a better rail service. You can sign their petition
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Monday 18th December, 19:30 - RCTS, Cox Green Community Centre: Branch AGM and members' presentations.
Thursday 21st December, 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre: Christmas Social (prebooked members only).
Saturday 23rd December - some Paddington platforms closed.
23rd December to 1st January - buses replace trains between Reigate and Gatwick Airport.
Sunday 24th December - Paddington Closed local services terminate at Slough. Bus connection from Maidenhead to High Wycombe for Marylebone services.
Monday 25th December, Christmas Day - No train services.
Tuesday 26th December, Boxing Day - Chiltern service between Oxford Parkway, High Wycombe and Marylebone. No GWR services.
27th to 31st December - reduced services into Paddington. Replacement bus service on the Marlow branch.
Monday 1st January 2018 - No trains before 08:00 then reduced service. Saturday service on the Marlow branch.
New timetable; electric services between Paddington and Didcot Parkway. Diesel shuttle between Oxford and Didcot Parkway serving Radley, Culham and Appleford. Fast Oxford - Paddington diesel service, but will go over to IET later.
Saturday 6th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club
Intercity Express - First Impressions
Big Housing Developments Need Public Transport
Housing developments are proposed for Slate Meadow. Bourne End (250 houses) and in the field behind the Garibaldi, accessed through Holland Farm (500 houses). The roads are very narrow, Cookham Bridge a major problem , Bourne End Parade not easy, Hedsor Road already tough. This clearly brings public transport into the frame in a big way and MMPA is on the case!
The group responsible can be found at Don’t Destroy Bourne End.
Article: Electrifying the Branch
Obstacles and Opportunities
A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.
Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?
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from the Bucks Free Press.
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