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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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Chiltern Railways until 08 December 2018

Great Western Railway until 31 December 2018:
T8 Reading & Didcot Parkway to Oxford and Banbury
T10 London to Greenford, Heathrow, Reading and Didcot Parkway (local trains)
T12 Maidenhead - Marlow

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Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
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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. On the right 57604 “Pendennis Castle” is about to leave with the empty “Night Riviera” stock. (R. Porter)

Newbury Electrification

GWR has reminded us that the next stage of Newbury electrification work starts on Monday, 9th July and runs until Thursday 12th July, the line will be open on Friday 13th July and for the weekend of 14th and 15th July. It then closes on Monday 16th July and will not re-open until Sunday 5 August. This line closure includes weekends and weekday.

More details including diversionary routes, bus times and alternative car park arrangements are on GWR’s dedicated Newbury upgrade web page.

The company has used social and traditional media, on board and at station messages, staff at stations and on trains to alert customers to the longer closure through July and into August, and it will have extra staff on hand to help throughout.

Mobile Ticketing rolled out across GWR

Smartphone tickets are now available for many GWR journeys, through updated apps for iOS and Android. These include most single and return fares but not season tickets or London Travelcards. The tickets display QR codes which will open the gates where scanners are provided - usually only at one gate so far. At the moment scanners are not available at many stations with gatelines so visual inspection is necessary. We found a number of teething problems which we hope will soon be sorted out, including using the wallet to pay for tickets.

Update: GWR has advised us that mobile tickets cannot be delivered for journeys to Paddington until QR code readers have been installed on the gatelines for platforms 10/11 and 12/14.

Bourne End Latest

Network Rail has advised us that the surveys for the new chord are complete and the findings are being “drawn together”. Network Rail is due to meet GWR and its contractor (Atkins) in the next month to “understand the output of the surveys”.

Taplow Footbridge Saga

A new temporary footbridge has been erected on the site of the old footbridge. This will enable a new permanent footbridge with lifts to be built at the London end of the platforms (various excuses for it not being in the original position have been put forward). Provision is being made for a lift to platform 1 and the south car park although this may not be installed initially. One span, presumably the undamaged one) of the old footbridge will go to the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway for use at Cheltenham Racecourse station.

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 £25.70 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.80) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.60) saves you £2.30. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.40 (Jan 2018 fares).

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.

Cookham Station House to Reopen

The station building is due to reopen on 9th August. The old Station Master’s house will be returning to Network Rail. The control box for the “millenium clock” has been found and Cookham Parish Council hopes to be able to send a contractor in to service the clock. GWR’s Facilities Manager, Paul Willis said an official reopening of the station may be held. He promised an in depth cleaning of the area around the station especially in regard to the vegetation and undergrowth.

December Timetable Change Binned

GWR along with seven other operators (including SWR and Cross Country) has decided to cancel the planned timetable update in December. This is in response to the chaos caused by the May update which particularly affected Northern and Govia-Thameslink services. GWR will continue to operate the current timetable from 1st January 2019. Chiltern is not included at this point in time.

Update: Please see this letter from Mark Hopwood. There will be some timetable changes in January because of infrastructure changes over the Christmas period. In particular the HST depots at Old Oak Common and Laira will close. The introduction of Intercity Express Trains will continue as planned.

Planning Application

We are aware of a planning application to build on the trackbed of Bourne End to High Wycombe line at Princes’s Gate north of the A40 in High Wycombe. This runs in the face of the £100k study, unless it is back and they have accepted a total turndown. Access to the main line and High Wycombe station was protected after the line was closed in 1970 and we are fighting the application. The reference number is 18/06430/OUT.

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 (and probably NFC) .

Update: Cabling and shlters for the ticket machines have now been installed. GWR has a franchise committment to install TVMs by end December 2018.

Latest: TVMs are now in operation.


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.

Older News

Bourne End in 1947

Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.


Thursday 19th July, 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society “Strictly Freight Only - part 2” by Brian Ringer. Bourne End Community Centre.

Monday 10th September - Rail Delivery Group’s Easier Fares Consultation ends.

Saturday 10th November - Railfuture Autumn Converence, Novotel Reading.

GWR Report to the AGM 2018

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Intercity Express - First Impressions

IET Launch, 16th October 2017

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 is Keep Bourne End Green.

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.

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 178, May 2018 (PDF)

Newsletter Archive

Latest Railfuture Newsletter

No. 93, January 2018 (PDF)

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