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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
Chiltern Railways 15 December 2019 until 16 May 2020

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

Great Western Railway 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020:
T10 London Paddington to Reading and Didcot Parkway (stopping trains)
(Includes services to Greenford, Windsor & Eton Central, Marlow and Henley-on-Thames)
T12 Maidenhead to Marlow

GWR Planned Engineering

TfL Rail (MTR Elizabeth Line) Timetable from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020
London Paddington to Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 & 4 and Reading (Local services).

Arriva Bus 35/36/37 Hign Wycombe - Bourne End - Maidenhead (PDF)

More timetable links on our Timetable Index.

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Compensation for Delays

For information see GWR’s web site or download the Delay Compensation Form (PDF).

For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.


 
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Marlow Branch
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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)

Mark Hopwood to Sort Out SWR?

We’ve heard that GWR MD Mark Hopwood will be temporarily moving to South Western Railways on 6th January. The current MD, Andy Mellors, is taking up a new post as Managing Director of First Group Non-franchised Services which includes open access and tram services. Mark’s deputy, Matthew Golton, will be covering his role in Great Western. You can find the press release here.
[20191201]

December Timetables Available

Printed timetables starting on 15th December are now available at staffed stations. The morning peak service to Paddington loses one train - the 0806. Other services are retimed by a few minutes. The average journey time is reduced by 1 minute, 40 seconds. On the branch, Marlow departures are 06/36, and from Bourne End 16/46.

Evening peak services have given rise to complaints because most GWR departures 1650 and 1820 are restricted to anytime and season ticket holders. Passengers with off-peak tickets will need to travel on the much slower TFL Rail services which provide much worse connections to the Marlow and Henley-on-Thames branches. Later on, the GWR services will be faster with fewer stops but the fast services to Maidenhead are withdrawn.

The T10 booklet covering Paddington to Didcot Parkway includes all four branches but excludes MTR services to Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, so the Greenford branch is left high and dry! TFL Rail services to Maidenhead and Reading are included. On the main table peak departures are clearly marked with white text on a red background. This has not been carried forward to the branch line tables. Notes and symbols are shown at the end of each section so are difficult to find.

More analysis to follow.
[20191116]

Update: A brief comparison of the up services (Maidenhead to Paddington) shows that we will get five more trains, all after 1656, and average journey times will improve by a disappointing 1.61 minutes. In the down direction we get 9 more services in the m orning peak, afternoon and evening, and the journey time improves by a similar amount.
[20191205]

Crossrail Opening Delayed Again

Crossrail Ltd has announced that the opening date for through running has been put back until at least 2021. The cost estimate has gone up by another £650M. See this Guardian article
[20191108]

MTR Crossrail Renamed

Crossrail operator MTR Crossrail has renamed itself MTR Elizabeth Line, no doubt at the behest of Transport for London. All existing stationery, publicity material, etc has had to be destroyed.

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.
[20190704]

Fares Chaos Looms

As a result of the introduction of TFL Rail trains to Reading there will be a few changes to the fares structure on the line.

  • As already reported some GWR services from Paddington in the evening peak, including those which connect with the Marlow branch, are restricted to holders of anytime and season tickets. If you try to buy tickets online the journey planner will only offer you the restricted trains. The app and web site don't show the cheaper but slower trains.
  • From 2nd January NFC ("contactless") tickets will be available at stations from Reading to Paddington excluding the branches. They will be valid on bith TFL Rail and GWR services. NFC tickets can't be used in conjunction with Railcards. Oyster is not being extended west of West Drayton.
  • Also on 2nd January regulated fares rise by an average of 2.7%.
  • GWR mobile phone e-tickets are not available to and from TfL managed stations (all those from Taplow to Acton Mainline except Slough).
  • Children aged 5 to 10 years travel free on TFL Rail with a Zip photocard but have to pay on GWR. Accompanied under 5s travel free with a fare-paying adult.
  • TfL Freedom Passes can be used on TFL Rail but not GWR.
[20191202]

Track Renewal at Furze Platt

Network Rail will be relaying track between Furze Platt station and Half Way (near the end of Long Lane) starting on Sunday 17th November. Replace ment buses will be in operation. The level crossing will bve closed to road traffic including pedestrians from 00:10 on 17th November to 05:30 on 2nd December (continuously). If you drive or walk to the station you will need to approach from the west. Arriva route 37 to High Wycombe will be diverted via Cookham Road during this period.
[20191106]

Overground Service on Boxing Day

This year on Thursday 26 December, services will operate on London Overground for the first time on Boxing Day, from Highbury & Islington to West Croydon and from Clapham Junction to Hackney Wick, complementing existing London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, tram and bus services.

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.

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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.


Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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

EVENTS

Thursday 5th December 16:00 to 19:00 - Meet the Team at Paddington - GWR December timetable update.

Sunday 15th December - New timetable starts - small speed-up on GWR (we now know). MTR Elizabeth Line takes over Reading - Paddington stopping service. Didcot Parkway service remains with GWR.

Monday 16th December 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. Branch AGM and Members' Presentations.

Thursday 19th December 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre - Christmas Social (prebooked members only).

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.

Thursday 26th December - we expect Chiltern to be operating between Marylebone, High Wycombe, 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.

Thursday 2nd January - regulated fares rise by an average of 2.7%. NFC tickets available on Reading - Paddington line excluding branches.

Saturday 4th January 10:00 to 16:30 - Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club Annual Show, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane SL6 3AX.

Friday 27th March 19:45 to 21:45 - MMPA Annual General Meeting at Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road (Map).

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.
[20160611]

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 182, December 2019 (PDF) (Archive)

Presentations from the 2019 AGM can be downloaded here.

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