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TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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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 revised timetable from 6th July 2020.

GWR Planned Engineering

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

More timetable links on our Timetable Index.

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Live signalling diagram Twyford - West Drayton (from OpenTrainTimes.com)

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

Shocking Pictures of Crossing Abuse

Little Marlow

Network Rail has issued shocking pictures of members of the public putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk at level crossings on the branch. A child in a push chair was left in the middle of the track at Little Marlow while a photo was taken.

Later the same day a woman with a dog on a lead was kneeling in the middle of the track to take a photo.

Little Marlow

On the Marlow branch line where 16 people have risked their life since March 23, an increase of 433% on the same period last year.

Older News

GWR Timetable Update for 6 July

From Monday (6th July) GWR will introducing more services and we will be operating around 84% of our normal timetable. Network Rail has updated online journey planners and customers can check individual journeys on Check Your Journey.

GWR’s teams are now working on a further timetable uplift for September which should bring us back closer to a normal timetable across the GWR network. ... (continue reading).
[20200703]

Face Covering Compulsory

The message from Government remains that public transport should be avoided if possible, and from Monday (15th), a face covering has been compulsory when travelling by train. Although a tripl layer mask is recommended it doesn’t need to be surgical grade.

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.
[20200511]

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.
[20200422]

Bourne End in 1947

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

EVENTS

Marlow and District Railway Society - currently holding meetings on Zoom.
Thursday 16th July: members’ slides evening.

RCTS - currently holding meetings on Zoom.

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.

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.

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.

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