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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.
Chiltern Railways 12 December 2021 to 14 May 2022:
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Great Western Railway 12 December 2021 to 14 May 2022:
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For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
12 Dec 2021 to 14 May 2022
LARGE PRINT Timetables
Regulated Fares Up 3.8% in March
As predicted the Government is raising regulated fares by 3.8% in March. This was the annual rate of inflation in July based on the deprecated Retail Prices Index which gives a higher figure than the more accurate Consumer Prices Index.
We note that the road fuel duty has been frozen for the 11th year in succession, whilst the take-off and landing fees for
domestic flights have been halved. This was being planned while the government was hosting the COP25 Climate Conference in
Glasgow, and slashing the scope of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. Not only do passengers need a better deal, so does the planet.
Patronage Plummets in Pandemic
Estimated entry and exit figures for UK stations have been released by the Office of Rail and Road. The right hand column shows the percentage change since 2019-20. These figures are for the year ending 31st March. Our local stations look like this:
Half-hourly to Didcot Restored
GWR will be reintroducing its Didcot Parkway to London Paddington services throughout the day, to its half-hourly
frequency. From January, it will restore the branch lines in London and the Thames Valley to pre-pandemic frequencies
— three trains an hour on the Windsor branch, and half-hourly services on both the Henley and Greenford branches.
The Marlow branch keeps its hourly off-peak service as before.
Battery Trains a Step Nearer
Mark Hopwood confirmed at our AGM that GWR would be trialling a battery powered train with fast charging on the West Ealing
to Greenford line. This would appear to be a close fit with Viva Rail’s upcycled D78 District Line trains but other
manufacturers could be in the frame. Whatever is selected would eventually be deployed on the Thames Valley branches because
the Reading Traincare Depot doesn't want more than one new type to maintain.
Contactless Travel on the Branch
We are led to believe that a cashless ticket vending machine (TVM) will be installed at Furze Platt and, separately, that
NFC ("contactless") travel will be extended from Maidenhead to Marlow for journeys as far as Paddington and Reading. (DHYB)
Update: Mark Hopwood reported at our AGM that a TVM would be installed at Furze Platt. This would
be cashless and in view of the CCTV cameras, so should be less vulnerable to vandalism than previous attempts.
GWR Introduces Temporary Timetable
Owing to the number of train crew self-isolating GWR has introduced a temporary timetable from Saturday 8th January until Saturday 15th January. You can find a list of changes here.
There are hardly any changes affecting the Thames Valley area but ad hoc cancellations could still occur. Please
check your journey before setting off. On twitter follow @GWRhelp.
Crossrail Trial Operations Begin
The final phase of the programme before the Elizabeth line opens for passenger services is now underway. Trial Operations involves operational exercises to ensure the safety and reliability of the railway for public use and to fully test the timetables. More than 150 scenarios will be carried out over the coming months to ensure the readiness of the railway for passenger service. These include exercises to make sure that all systems and procedures work effectively and staff can respond to any incidents, including customers being unwell or signal failures.
In the new year, a series of more complex exercises will include evacuations of trains and stations using thousands
of staff and volunteers. The final step will see a period of “shadow running”, operating timetabled services
ahead of the Elizabeth line opening. It will take several months to complete this final complicated phase.
Five GWR Services Transfer to TFL
On 12th December five more GWR services between Reading and Paddington transferred to TFL-RAIL. These are the 07:00 and 07:30 from Reading calling additionally at Burnham, West Drayton and Ealing Broadway, and the 17:27, 18:26 and 18:56 from Paddington calling additionally at Ealing Broadway and West Drayton. Journey times will increase by one to two minutes.
Note that TFL-RAIL trains have no toilets and mostly back-to-the-window seating. The changes anticipate the introduction of
Elizabeth Line services in 2022, although initially passengers for central London will still have to change at Paddington. The
earliest date for through running is now Autumn 2022 (and we know what Modern Railways’s Roger Ford thinks about
estimates based on seasons of the year!).
PlusBus from Bourne End
Passengers travelling to High Wycombe can book to Bourne End with the PlusBus add-on which gives unlimited bus travel on participating operators’ services including Arriva and Carousel around the High Wycombe urban area (PDF). The cost per day is £3.60 for adults or £2.40 with a railcard. A child ticket is £1.80.
For season tickets and further information please see the PlusBus web site.
Northern Line is closed between Moorgate and Kennington until mid-May.
Staines to Windsor & Eton Riverside will be closed from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th February for upgrading.
Face coverings will be a condition of carriage on TfL services after &dlquo;plan B” ends on 26th January.
In Cold Weather..
If you’re the last on or off a diesel unit, please close the train door. 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. Class 345 Aventras (TFL-RAIL) do not have passenger operated door close buttons.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Please contact the organisation concerned for membership or if you wish to join the meeting as a guest.
Marlow and District Railway Society - currently holding meetings on Zoom.
RCTS - currently holding meetings on Zoom.
CHANGE 14th April 2022 - 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.
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
Rail Business Daily (sign up)
Railfuture (all PDF)
Railwatch No. 170 December 2021
Community Rail Network
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