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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)
Until 19 May 2018
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
Marlow Branch until 19 May 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)
AGM - Friday 23 March
Our AGM will be held on Friday March 23rd at Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, starting at 19:45 hrs which should fit in with
trains from Maidenhead and Marlow. After the formal AGM we shall have updates from GWR and Chiltern (and hopefully TfL) followed by a question
and answer session. All are welcome.
First Berkshire Quits Slough Bus Routes
First Berkshire has announced the following service withdrawals:
On Service 4: (Slough — Maidenhead) there will be changes to the evening timetable throughout the week.
Slough Borough Council has confirmed that it has contracted Reading Buses to provide some of the services withdrawn by First Berkshire on routes 4, 5 & 6 from 20 January 2018.
Reading Buses has announced that from Saturday 20 January, Reading Buses, who will trade under the Thames Valley name in Slough, will provide the following services:
We await further information regarding services 2, 10, 11 and 15.
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, 142s to the scrap yard and 180s to Grand Central). 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).
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.
Latest: We now understand that a new booking clerk has been recruited and will be starting work on 02 January but will first have to
go through induction and training.
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: The installation has been put back to February due to procurement problems.
IET Seats to be Replaced
Following a torrent of complaints from passengers the austere “ironing board” seats in the new Intercity Express Trains
are to be replaced. The cost will fall to the DfT (and thence the tax payer) as it was they who specified the trains.
Great Western Franchise Consultation
Have Your Say!
The government is currently running a consultation on the specification of the next Great Western Franchise. The options put forward include splitting the franchise into two: London - South Wales and Bristol and London to the South West, and hiving off certain services such as Ealing West to Greenford to Chiltern. MMPA will of course be responding but individuals are also welcome to submit responses. Al responses must be received by Wednesday 21st February.
You can find more information and the consultation documents
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.
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.
Class 387s Now Running to Didcot
Great Western is now running its Class 387 Electrostars to Reading and Didcot following handover of the overhead line equipment for passenger services.
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.
It now appears that TfL is not going to install a lift to platform 1, so step-free access will only be available from the
north (platform 4) side. This is regrettable because wheelchair users will need to negotiate a dangerous road bridge
in order to reach the shopping centre and bus stops.
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 Latest
We are still waiting for notification that the survey work has been completed.
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.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Monday 22nd January, 19:30 - RCTS, Cox Green Community Centre: “Travels in Southern Africa” an illustrated presentation by Adrian Palmer.
Thursday 13th February, 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre: AGM plus Sir Peter Hendy.
Monday 19th February, 18:30 - Railfuture Thamews Valley, Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street, Oxford.
Friday 23rd March, 19:45 - Annual General Meeting, Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, SL8 5SX (map).
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.
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