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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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Compensation for Delays
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Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
Artist’s impression of refurbished engine shed at High Wycombe. (Hawkins\Brown)
Shocking Pictures of Crossing Abuse
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Marlow and District Railway Society - currently holding meetings on Zoom.
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.
Battery Trains for the Branch?
GWR Report to the AGM 2018
Intercity Express - First Impressions
Electrifying the Branch -
A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.
Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?
Read this article
from the Bucks Free Press.
Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018
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