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Planned Engineering Works
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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(MTR Crossrail) Timetable from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020
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For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
from 19 May 2019
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
HST Finale - Power Car 43002 “Sir Kenneth Grange” is the last to leave Paddington on a scheduled service on Saturday 18th May 2019, propelling the 1830 to Exeter St. David’s. 43198 was leading. (R. Porter)
Biggest Timetable Change Since 1976!
GWR is gearing up for the December timetable change on 15th December, which will be the most extensive since 1976. For details please see GWR’s Timetable 2019 page
The timetable is now agreed ahead of the “T-12” (Timetable start minus 12 weeks) deadline after which tickets go on sale. Expect your journey times to change. As a rough guide, morning peak departures from Maidenhead will be at 01/31, off-peak xx20, evening peak 20/50. From Marlow will be at 06/36, xx00 and 24/54 respectively. The last connecting train back from Paddington on weekdays will depart at 2315. Saturday departures will be xx39 from Maidenhead and xx06 from Marlow, and on Sunday xx26 from Maidenhead and xx55 from Marlow. The last branch train on Sundays will be at 2135 from Maidenhead, 2202 from Marlow.
Journey times between London and Maidenhead will be significantly shorter as the new train fleets are allowed to stretch their legs. The fastest run takes 17 minutes (IET from Worcester). Off-peak journey times range between 33 and 43 minutes.
GWR will operate the Paddington - Didcot Parkway service plus fast services to/from Paddington in the peaks. The Paddington - Reading stopping service will be operated by MTR-Crossrail under TFL-Rail branding. Crossrail Ltd hopes to have the central section open by March 2021 (except Bond Street) when trains will be rebranded Elizabeth Line. Tickets will be interoperable.
Marlow Branch Possessions
Crossrail upgrade work relating to Platform 5 at Maidenhead means that GWR will be unable to run branch line trains on the following Sundays: 21/7, 4/8, 11/8, 15/9, 27/9, 13/10, 27/10, 10/11, 17/11, 24/11, 1/12, 8/12 and 15/12.
GWR has started to put in a number of communications and will continue to update them as the weeks go by. These will include station posters,
point of sale displays at ticket offices such as Maidenhead, and a slide on the “Transformation Displays” which can be found at Reading
and London Paddington.
Overground Service on Boxing Day
This year on Thursday 26 December, services will operate on London Overground for the first time on Boxing Day, from Highbury & Islington to West Croydon and from Clapham Junction to Hackney Wick, complementing existing London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, tram and bus services.
Cookham Ticket Office Closed on Sats.
We have learnt that Cookham Ticket Office will no longer open on Saturdays, leaving Bourne End as the only staffed station.
Bourne End Update
There is a key meeting for the project in the first week of October when the signalling proposal will go to the Network Rail Minor Schemes Review Panel for consideration. If this goes well GWR will proceed towards submission for Approval In Principle for the scheme.
GWR Rolls Out Touch Card
GWR is extending its touch smartcard across the region. You can load tickets onto it, including weekly and monthly season tickets, singles, returns and London Travelcards. You need to purchase the ticket first, either online or at a station, then you can touch in and out as with Oyster. Unlike Oyster you can’t put money on the card and it doesn’t charge you automatically for your journey.
So far we understand that only season tickets can be put on the touch card. You can't put tickets onto your touch card via the GWR app.
More information here.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Planned Engineering Work
Thames Valley Summary
There may be other changes to long distance services, and to Basingstoke, Bedwyn, Oxford and North Downs services.
Visit the GWR web site for more details.
Week 28 - Saturday 5th to Friday 11th October
Saturday The 2349 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will terminate at Slough. A replacement bus will run between Slough
and London Paddington. The 0100 London Paddington to Reading service (Sunday morning) will start from Slough. A replacement bus will
run between London Paddington and Slough.
Week 29 - Saturday 12th to Friday 18th October
Sunday All day, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Week 30 - Saturday 19th to Friday 25th October
Saturday From the start of service until approximately 1330, stopping services between London Paddington and Reading/
Didcot Parkway will be amended. Some services will not run. The 2032 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at
Langley and Iver. The 2102 Didcot Parkway to London Paddington service will not call at Taplow and Burnham.
Week 31 - Saturday 26th October to Friday 1st November
Saturday From approximately 2030 until the end of service, buses will replace trains between Maidenhead and Marlow.
Week 32 - Saturday 2nd to Friday 8th November
Saturday The 2203 Reading to London Paddington service will depart 3 minutes EARLIER than usual.
Thursday 10th October 2019 19:00 - Lecture: Railway Signalling, from Policemen to Digital Rail. Venue: Reading UTC, Crescent Road, Reading RG1 5RQ. 19.30 start, to 21.00. Institution of Engineering & Technology.
Thursday 17th October 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre.
Monday 28th October 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. “Preserving the HST” - an illustrated talk by Gary Heelas of the HST Group.
Tuesday 5th November 17:00 to 18:00 - Mark Hopwood answers your questions on the Great Western Coffee Shop forum.
Wednesday 6th November 07:00 to 10:00 - Meet the Team at Maidenhead - GWR December timetable update.
Wednesday 13th November 16:00 to 19:00 - Meet the Team at Twyford - GWR December timetable update.
Thursday 5th December 16:00 to 19:00 - Meet the Team at Paddington - GWR December timetable update.
Sunday 15th December - New timetable starts - big speed-up on GWR (we hope). MTR Crossrail takes over Reading - Paddington stopping service. Didcot Parkway service remains with GWR.
Sunday 22nd December - Saturday 4th January - Christmas timetable including some shutdowns. Details here.
Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th December - Track renewal and replacement overhead wiring in the Southall area trains will be unable to run between London Paddington and Slough/Reading.
Wednesday 25th to Thursday 26th December - No GWR train services.
Thursayd 26th December - we expect Chiltern to be operating between Marylebone, Bicester Village and Oxford.
Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st December - track renewal between London Paddington and Reading reduced train service between London Paddington and Slough/Reading.
Battery Trains for the Branch?
GWR Report to the AGM 2018
Intercity Express - First Impressions
Electrifying the Branch -
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