|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
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)
From 21 May until 31 December 2017
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
Marlow Branch from 04 Sept
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)
New Trains Enter Service
GWR’s new Intercity Express Trains (IETs) entered public service on Monday 16th October. Initially there are two diagrams (i.e. two trains each making a number of journeys) as follows:
TM = Temple Meads.
Update: Diagram 1 (800 008/9) ran with minor delays. Diagram 2 (800 005/6) had problems on the first journey including an air conditioning
fluid leak and a changeover failure. The train was withdrawn at Paddington and substituted with an HST. We understand that it has returned to service.
More Disruption on Sundays
Network Rail did not complete its electrification works at Reading as planned. Consequently there will be closures around Reading on Sunday mornings from 24th September 22nd October until 12:25 and 29th October to 5th November until 10:25. Replacement bus services and diversions will apply.
More information can be found here.
We have noticed rather a lot of weekend cancellations of Chiltern Railways services due to staff shortages. We understand that this is because they
rely on rest day working and crews increasingly do not want to work on their rest days. As always at weekends, check before you travel.
This is third hand information so treat with caution. Network Rail could be thinking about closing the branch for two to three months for a complete
infrastructure upgrade including the proposed Bourne End modifications. Replacement bus services would operate. This makes sense although it will be painful
when it happens. We have previously been told that there would be no major expenditure on the branch before 2024.
High Wycombe P1 Stopping Position
Update: Chiltern has informed us that Network Rail has quoted a price of £250,000 for installing a banner repeater which would show
drivers the signal aspect when the starting signal is obscured by the new footbridge. This looks to us like a “we don’t want to do
it” price. Chiltern does not have the resources to fund this at present.
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 £24.90 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.60) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.10) saves you £2.20. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.50.
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.
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.
Twyford Station Relocation?
We've heard of a suggestion to relocate Twyford station to the East to make way for housing. Naturally residents and station users are up in arms about it,
fuelled by the local press. We think this is a non-starter because of the disruption it would cause. How, for example, do you get Henley branch trains
under the road bridge without having to run on the up relief line?
Ticket Machines for Marlow and Cookham
GWR will be installing ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Cookham and Marlow in December. They will accept card and NFC payments only.
Bourne End Progress
GWR has awarded a contract to Atkins who are undertaking GRIP 1-3* work on the scheme to increase capacity. This will be in two phases: Phase A commencing this week is to design the track layout and to assess whether it will fit within the existing Network Rail land, and Phase B to complete the design up to GRIP 3 (Option selection). Topographical surveys will be undertaken during times when a replacement bus service is running because of Crossrail work at Maidenhead.
* GRIP is Network Rail’s process, Governance of Rail Investment Projects.
Update: The surveys have still not been completed and the date we are given is now sometime in October.
WDC Funds Study into Reopening Link
Wycombe District Council has backed a £100,000 high level feasibility study over two years into the possibility of reinstating the Bourne End tp
High Wycombe line which was closed by BR in 1970 after employing devious ploys to reduce travel. The funding comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Which? Campaign for Better Rail Services
Consumer magazine Which? is running a campaign to demand a better rail service. You can sign their petition
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Thursday 19th October, 20:00 - Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre: Early Days 1949-1961 - The Railway Children charity by David Maidment.
Monday 23rd October, 19:30 - RCTS, Cox Green Community Centre: MAIL RAIL The London Post Office Railway - a presentation by Chris Taft
Monday 1st January 2018 - new timetable; start of electric services between Paddington and Didcot Parkway.
Saturday 6th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club
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.
Article: Electrifying the Branch
Obstacles and Opportunities
A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.
Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?
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from the Bucks Free Press.
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