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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.
Chiltern Railways 16 May to 10 September 2021:
Changes to train times (HTML)
Great Western Railway 16 May to 11 December 2021:
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
15 May until 11 Dec 2021
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
New Station Manager
We are pleased to welcome Oliver Irwyn as GWR’s Maidenhead Area Duty Station Manager.
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 D-stock 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.
Paddington Crossrail Handed Over
The Elizabeth Line station at Paddington has become the sixth Crossrail station to be handed over to Transport for London. This allows TfL to proceed with final fit-out and testing before the public services begin.
The latest plans ensure the Elizabeth line services from Reading and Heathrow and Shenfield can connect with the central
tunnels as soon as possible after the central section opens. The earliest expected date for this is Autumn 2022, with full
end to end services no later than May 2023.
Face Covering Still Compulsory on TfL
Just a reminder that unless you are exempt you still need to wear face covering when travelling on all Transport for London
services which comprise Underground, Overground, DLR, Buses, Trams and TFL-RAIL. Whilst not compulsory in England, you are
advised to wear masks on other operators’ services, including GWR’s and Chiltern’s.
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.
Contactless Travel on the Branch
We are led to believe that a cashless ticket vending machine will be installed at Furze Platt, and 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 ticket vending machine 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.
Success at High Wycombe
We have been campaigning for a long time to get a signal repeater installed for platform 1 at High Wycombe. This would
allow drivers to see when the starter signal is off (showing a proceed aspect) when a short train is stopped near the buffers.
At the time of writing the new footbridge obscures the signal so a short train needs to stop sooner, giving passengers a long walk.
Update: The new signalling is now in place and operational. Because there are only two mirrors at the 3 car and 6 car
points, passengers on 2, 4 and 5 car trains will still have a short walk, but it’s a big improvement.
Northern Line Extension Opened
The new extension to the Northern Line serving Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station opened on September 20th. It is served by trains on the Charing Cross branch which previously terminated at Kennington.
SouthEastern Stripped of Franchise
The Government’s Operator of Last Resort is to take over running London & South Eastern Railway services from
17th October. This follows the discovery of £25M of taxpayers’ money that wasn’t declared by LSER.
Fares, tickets and services will be unchanged.
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.
Sunday 11th December - new timetables start.
17th March 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.
Bourne End Community Centre ((map). Date subject to confirmation. Ticket details to follow later.
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
Rail Technology Magazine
Railfuture (all PDF)
Railwatch No. 168 July 2021
Community Rail Network
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