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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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Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
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Artist’s impression of refurbished engine shed at High Wycombe. (Hawkins\Brown)

GWR Timetable for 18-22 May Published

Great Western Railway has released its timetable for Mon-Fri 18-22 May as PDF document (from Excel). There is no printed version. You can download a copy here (4.4MB). This is a combined volume and, yes, we have noticed that AT1/AT1R are included twice. GWR anticipates that there will be further phases of timetable improvement as the lockdown ease such as, and further changes to support a return of educational establishments. We anticipate week by week updates.

Bourne End Project Delayed

GWR’s project to run two trains per hour on the branch has received another blow as it has missed the deadline for LEP funding. The project was supported by both Buckinghamshire Thames Valley and Berkshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. The LEPs now need the funds for other projects.

This doesn’t mean that the project is dead. The LEP Boards still want to support the project but GWR will have to submit a new bid when Approval in Principle has been obtained for its approach. We are astonished to learn that GWR is still waiting for survey work to be completed.

One of the main stumbling blocks has been the signalling solution. Ideally the whole branch should be properly signalled throughout and put on the appropriate workstation at the Thames Valley Signalling Centre (TVSC) at Didcot, but this would need more funding. Failing this Network Rail and GWR need to come up with an acceptable and affordable local solution at Bourne End.

We are as frustrated as GWR is. This is a tiny project by Network Rail standards and has been allowed to drag on interminably. The Victorians would have just done it. Come to think of it, they did.

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New Plan for Brunel’s Engine Shed

Architects Hawkins\Brown (yes, it is a backslash) have won planning consent for the refurbishment and extension of Brunel’s original 1854 engine shed (above) at High Wycombe. The shed was acquired by Wycombe District Council in 2019 after earlier attempts by Chiltern had hit the buffers. You can find more information and artists’ impressions here. If you're wondering what CLT and Glulam means it’s Cross-laminated Timber and Glue-laminated Timber.

Off-Peak Rules to be Updated

GWR is to align its off-peak fares rules with Transport for London’s. Within the TfL Rail area off-peak fares will be available for journeys starting at or after 0930 on weekdays. Previously they were available for trains arriving at Paddington at or after 1000.

GWR and DfT Agree 3-Year Direct Award

FirstGroup and the Department for Transport (DfT) have signed a new Direct Award to continue operating GWR from 1 April 2020, when the current agreement comes to an end. This will run for three years, with the option for the government to add a further year and will run concurrently with the six months Emergency Measures Agreement now in place with the DfT.

See the press release.

Government Suspends Rail Franchises

The Department for Transport has suspended all rail operating franchises for six months. The train operators have been given management contracts under which they are paid to operate the services while the Government takes the financial risk. This should have minimal effect on passengers and staff.

Bourne End in 1947

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


Marlow and District Railway Society - meetings are suspended until further notice..

RCTS - meetings are suspended until further notice.

POSTPONED The Maidenhead to High Wycombe Railway

A talk on the line by John Gurney to mark the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the line to High Wycombe. This talk has been extremely well received when given to the Wycombe Society some years ago.

Saturday 6th June CANCELLED - Knowll Hill Model Railway Exhibition Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club.

Advance Notice: Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th November - planned track renewal between Marlow and Bourne End, excluding Bourne End station. More details nearer the time.


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.

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

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