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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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Chiltern Railways 9th December 2018 until 18 May 2019

Great Western Railway until 31 December 2018:
T8 Reading & Didcot Parkway to Oxford and Banbury
T10 London to Greenford, Heathrow, Reading and Didcot Parkway (local trains)
T12 Maidenhead - Marlow

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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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from 10 September until 31 December 2018
Marlow Branch

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
IET 800008 at Paddington 15.10.2017
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)

Planned Engineering Work - Christmas/New Year 2018-9

Thames Valley Summary

There are other changes to long distance services, and to Basingstoke, Bedwyn and North Downs services.

Visit the GWR web site for more details.

Week 38 - Saturday 15th to Friday 21st December

Saturday — From the start of service until approximately 0630, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
The 2320 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will terminate at Reading. A replacement bus will run between Reading and Didcot Parkway, and extend to Oxford.
Sunday — All day until approximately 0330 Monday, stopping services between London Paddington and Reading/Didcot Parkway will terminate/start at Maidenhead. Change at Maidenhead for onwards rail connections to Reading. Replacement buses will run between Reading, Didcot Parkway and Oxford.

Week 39 - Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th December

Saturday 22nd — The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run from Slough to London Paddington.
Sunday and Monday — All day, trains will not run between London Paddington and Slough. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Ealing Broadway/Hillingdon, and Maidenhead/Marlow and High Wycombe. An amended rail service will run between Slough and Reading/Didcot Parkway.
An amended service will run on all routes.
Thursday and Friday — All day, a revised service will run between London Paddington and Reading/Didcot Parkway/Oxford.
Thursday — From approximately 2215 until 0515 Friday, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Friday 28th — The 0017 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards rail connection to Reading.
Monday, Wednesday to Friday — Each day, the West Ealing to Greenford Branch will not run.
Friday — From approximately 2345 until the end of service, trains will not call at Pangbourne. Replacement buses will run between Tilehurst and Pangbourne.

Week 40 - Saturday 29th December to Friday 4th January

Saturday — The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run from Slough to London Paddington.
Sunday — All day, trains will not run between London Paddington and Slough. Replacement buses will run between Slough and Ealing Broadway/Hillingdon, and Maidenhead/Marlow and High Wycombe. An amended rail service will run between Slough and Reading/Didcot Parkway.
An amended service will run on all routes. For more information visit GWR.com/Christmas2018
Saturday, Monday and Tuesday — All day, a revised service will run between London Paddington and Reading/Didcot Parkway/Oxford.
Saturday — From approximately 2200 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Saturday and Monday — All day, the West Ealing to Greenford Branch will not run.

Week 41 - Saturday 5th to Friday 11th January

Saturday — The 2320 London Paddington to Didcot Parkway service will depart 6 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Monday — The 2201 Reading to London Paddington service will not call at Langley, Iver and West Drayton. The 2314 London Paddington to Reading service will not call at Southall and West Drayton. Please travel on alternative trains.
Wednesday and Thursday — From approximately 2215 until 0515 the following morning, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Friday — From approximately 2330 until the end of service, trains will not call at Burnham or Taplow. Replacement buses will run between Slough, Burnham and Taplow.
Thursday and Friday — The 0017 Henley-on-Thames to Reading service will terminate at Twyford. Change at Twyford for an onwards rail connection to Reading.

Crossrail - More Delay, More Money

The Crossrail project has been given a £1.4bn bail-out of which £1.3bn is a loan from the DfT and the rest is from the GLA. The launch date has been pushed further back. The Mayor has announced that the new chair of Crossrail will be Tony Meggs, replacing Sir Terry Morgan.
[20181210]

Fares Up by 3.1% in January

The Rail Delivery Group has announced that regulated fares will rise by an average of 3.1% on January 2nd. We note that for the tenth year running the Government has frozen road fuel duty.
[20181130]

Rail Ombudsman Appointed

The Rail Ombudsman is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which offers a free, expert service to help sort out unresolved customer complaints about service providers within the rail industry. It will have the power to instruct train companies to pay compensation. All major train operators in the UK that have franchise agreements with the Department for Transport must abide by any ombudsman decision. Unresolved complaints against Transport for London will still need to taken to watchdog London TravelWatch.
[20181128]

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.
[20171230]

Christmas Engineering Work

Details are scarce at the moment but no trains will run between Slough and Paddington on Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th and Sunday 30th December. Replacement buses and alternative routes will be available. Watch Planned Engineering.
[20180912]

Bourne End Latest

The latest news is that GWR put forward three options to Network Rail, all of which NR rejected. After further discussions GWR and NR alighted on a fourth scheme, known as “3b” which involves opening out the curve from the Marlow branch so that it connects into the up platform line (platform 2). Where the diverted line crosses the line from Cookham into the down platform (1) there would be a single slip from the Marlow branch towards the down platform (1).

We acknowledge that GWR is working very hard to get this project through. Had the original tracks not been lifted they would probably be quite satisfactory as they were.
[20180831]

Government Responds to Franchise Consultation

The Department for Transport has published its response to the consultation on the Great Western Franchise held earlier this year. The document can be downloaded from this page. As previously announced the franchise is not going to be split up.
[20180829]

door close

In Cold Weather..

If you’re the last on or off a diesel unit, please close the train doors. 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.

Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.


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

Sunday 9th December - new timetables start, except GWR.

Monday 17th December 19:30 - RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. Branch AGM plus members’ slides.

Thursday 20th December 19:30 Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. Members’ Xmas dinner - bookings now closed.

Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th December - no trains between Slough and Paddington.

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December - no GWR services.

Wednesday 26th December - Chiltern service Marylebone - High Wycombe - Bicester Village - Oxford service (tbc).

Sunday 30th December - no trains between Slough and Paddington.

Saturday 5th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club

Friday 18th January 23:45 - Close of Williams Rail Review Consultation.

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]

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