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Events and Articles
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)
Until 19 May 2018
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
until 19 May 2018
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)
AGM - Friday 23 March
Our AGM will be held on Friday March 23rd at Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, starting at 19:45 hrs which should fit in with
trains from Maidenhead and Marlow. After the formal AGM we shall have updates from GWR, Chiltern and Network Rail followed by a question
and answer session. All are welcome.
Extended Hopper Fare now in Operation
You can now make unlimited bus and tram journeys in the TfL area using Oyster of NFC (“contactless”) within one hour of first touching in.
IET Seats to be Replaced
Following a torrent of complaints from passengers the austere “ironing board” seats in the new Intercity Express Trains
are to be replaced. The cost will fall to the DfT (and thus the tax payer) as it was they who specified the trains.
The temporary ticket office is now in operation. We understand that the Gents toilet has been kept in service and the Ladies has now been
offered back to GWR for use. Network Rail has put out a tender for the repair of the station areas affected by dry rot, and they are hoping
that work will be completed in the summer.
Ticket Machines for Marlow and Cookham
GWR will be installing ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Cookham and Marlow in December. They will be card-only (and probably NFC) .
Update: The installation has been put back to February due to procurement problems.
Taplow Footbridge Update
We’re grateful to Mark Langman, Western Route MD at Network Rail for the latest news. Network Rail and its insurers have decided
that the old bridge is not repairable. However, following representations from MMPA, NR and TfL have agreed to extend the fully accessible
replacement bridge to span all four lines between the north and south car parks. We pointed out that without a lift on the south side,
wheelchair users would need to make a dangerous journey through the railway underbridge where there’s no footpath and a history of
flooding, in order to get to the new shopping centre and bus stops.
Bourne End Latest
Network Rail has advised us that the surveys for the new chord are complete and the findings are being “drawn together”.
Network Rail is due to meet GWR and its contractor (Atkins) in the next month to “understand the output of the surveys”.
Great Western Franchise Consultation
DEADLINE 21 FEBRUARY
The government is currently running a consultation on the specification of the next Great Western Franchise. The options put forward include splitting the franchise into two: London - South Wales and Bristol and London to the South West, and hiving off certain services such as Ealing West to Greenford to Chiltern. MMPA will of course be responding but individuals are also welcome to submit responses. Al responses must be received by Wednesday 21st February.
You can find more information and the consultation documents
Crossed Legs on Crossrail Campaign
Unlike our current GWR trains or the North-South Thameslink trains, the new East-West Elizabeth Line trains will have no toilets and
very limited, mostly inwards-facing seats. A 9-car Crossrail train will have fewer seats than a 5-car Turbo. Click on the image to enlarge.
In Cold Weather..
If you’re the last on or off, please close the train doors. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations.
Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.
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.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Thursday 15th February, 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre: AGM, then guest speaker Sir Peter Hendy.
Monday 19th February, 18:30 - Railfuture Thames Valley, Jericho Community Centre, 33a Canal Street, Oxford.
Wednesday 21st February - deadline for submissions to GW Franchise Consultation.
Friday 23rd February, 08:00 for 08:30 - New London Architecture presents Crossrail above the ground - free breakfast meet. Registration required. Central London.
Monday 26th February, 19:30 - RCTS, Cox Green Community Centre: “Northern Ireland Railways” an illustrated presentation by Tim Morton.
Friday 23rd March, 19:45 - Annual General Meeting, Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, SL8 5SX (map).
Saturday 14th April, Railfuture Thames Valley AGM. Details tba.
Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd May - Infrarail: 12th International Railway Infrastructure Exhibition Excel, London. Free registration. This is a trade show but is good for industry updates. Registration is now open.
Intercity Express - First Impressions
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?
Read this article
from the Bucks Free Press.
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