Great Marlow Line MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD PASSENGERS’ ASSOCIATION

TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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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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MMPA AGM

Friday 31 May, 19:45, Bourne End Community Centre

See below

Timetable Downloads

Chiltern Railways 10 December 2023 to 01 June 2024 (HTML)

London Marylebone - High Wycombe - Oxford - Birmingham route

Changes to train times (HTML)

Great Western Railway 10 December 2023 to 01 June 2024:

London to Slough, Maidenhead, Reading and Didcot Parkway (stopping services) (PDF)

Maidenhead to Bourne End and Marlow (PDF)

View / download GWR Timetables.

GWR Planned Engineering

Elizabeth Line

10 December 2023 to 01 June 2024 (PDF)

N.B. The Elizabeth Line timetable does not show Great Western or Greater Anglia trains.
The GWR timetables do not show Elizabeth Line trains except for connecting times.
The GWR app and web site do not show off-peak alternatives for evening peak fare departures from Paddington.

Arriva Route 7/7a Timetable from 03 September 2023

More timetable links on our Timetable Index.

Search Realtime Trains (dd/mm/yyyy)
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Calling at:(both optional)
Station name or code is required. In case of difficulty please use the direct link.

Live signalling diagram Twyford - West Drayton (from OpenTrainTimes.com)

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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HTML Timetables
10 December 2023 - 01 June 2024
Marlow Branch
Maidenhead Connections

LARGE PRINT Timetables

Phone
03457 000 125 (GWR) or
03456 005 165 (Chiltern)

Service Disruptions
Journey Check

Recommended Podcasts:

Green Signals Podcast

Calling All Stations Podcast

What Do Passengers Want?

  • Safety
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Punctuality
  • Frequency
  • Connectivity
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Assistance if needed
  • Information
  • Speed (Journey time)
  • Capacity (seats/paths)
  • Comfort
  • Cleanliness
  • Toilets on trains
  • Simplicity of ticketing

Any more?

Taplow Parking

The committee has been in contact with Bucks County Council about the parking situation at Taplow station. Following the article this week in Maidenhead Advertiser, it seems the political scene has changed and that no Green Belt land will be developed (e.g South Beaconsfield). The plan to install yellow lines and paid parking areas in Station Road and Approach Road is likely now to go ahead though there is no timescale at present for implementation.
[20231114]

New Elizabeth Line Operator Sought

The Department of Transport has announced the shortlist of bidders to operate the Elizabeth Line after the present contract with MTR Elizabeth Line expires in May 2025. They are:

  • Arriva UK Trains
  • First Keolis Elizabeth Line
  • GTS Rail Operations Limited
  • MTR Corporation Limited (the incumbent operator)
[20240223]

Class 230 Battery Train Out on Test

Update: The (formerly) Vivarail fast charging battery train has been out on the network today, 8 Feb. and we can expect to see it on the Greenford branch any time soon.

See video and story.
[20240208]

Update: The unit is now running on the West Ealing to Greenford line, initially not in service but ghosting the usual turbo unit. We expect to see it in service before long.
[20240325]

SNIPPETS

Kentish Town Underground station closed until Summer 2024 for escalator renewal.

£2 bus fare to be extended (again) until 31 December 2024.

Older News

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.
[20201211]

Bourne End in 1947

Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.

EVENTS

Please contact the organisation concerned for membership or if you wish to join the meeting as a guest.

Marlow and District Railway Society - third Thursday.

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society - 4th Monday except July/August.

Slough & Windsor Railway Society - Friday nights at The Manor, Slough Station.

MMPA Annual General Meeting

Friday 31st May 2024, 19:45 at Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road SL8 5SX (Map)

Followed by presentations and Q & A with GWR, Chiltern, Elizabeth Line and Network Rail, all subject to availability.

Sunday 2nd June 2024 - New timetables come into force.

Saturday 8th June, 2024, 10:00 to 15:30 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Knowl Hill Village Hall, Bath Road, RG10 9XB.

ARTICLES

Battery Trains for the Branch?

We get a ride on Viva Rail’s Class 230.

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]

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood CBE.

Reinstatement of Heavy Rail Between
High Wycombe and Bourne End

Strategic Outline Business Case
Wycombe District Council
16th July 2019

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