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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AGM 24th September - see below

Timetable Downloads

Chiltern Railways 16 May to 10 September 2021:

London Marylebone - High Wycombe - Oxford/Aylesbury/Birmingham Moor St.
Monday-Friday | Saturday | Sunday (PDF)

Changes to train times (HTML)

Great Western Railway 16 May to 11 December 2021:

T12 Maidenhead to Marlow (PDF)
T10 Paddington to Didcot Parkway (local trains) (PDF)

GWR Planned Engineering

Arriva Bus 35/36/37 High Wycombe - Bourne End - Maidenhead (PDF)

More timetable links on our Timetable Index.

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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.

HTML Timetables
Marlow Branch
15 May until 11 Dec 2021
Engineering Summary

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
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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.
[20210810]

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.
[20210719]

Flexible Season Tickets Are Here

The new Flexi Season Ticket, available from 28th June, offers any eight days’ travel in 28 days between two stations. More details here.
[20210628]

GWR Advance Ticket Terms Amended

Advance tickets (which are valid on a specific train only) for travel up to 31st December 2021 can have their date and time changed for free up until 18:00 the day before. If the price of your new ticket is more expensive, you’ll need to pay the difference. You can still change your ticket at any time before you travel, but there will be an admin fee of £10. If you don’t know when your new journey will be, you can ask for a travel voucher instead. This will be valid for 12 months. Off-Peak and Anytime tickets can also be changed free from admin fees, up to the date of departure.

Find out more here.

Please note that you can't change the origin or destination stations.
[20210628]

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)
[20210303]

Older News

Nigel Hunt 1947-2021

We were very sad to hear of the passing of our former chairman and honorary life member, Nigel Hunt, after a short battle with cancer. As well as his involvement with heritage railways and enthusiast groups, Nigel was also the voice of the Henley Regatta (on the PA) for many years. Not a lot of people knew that. He also helped out FGW/GWR at Maidenhead with replacement bus services and with dispatching High Speed Trains (HSTs) when needed. The funeral took place in Slough on Monday (9th August).
[20210810]

tribute to Nigel Hunt

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.
[20210312]

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.
[20210516]

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 - currently holding meetings on Zoom.

RCTS - currently holding meetings on Zoom.

Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th September 2021 - Railtex/Infrarail, NEC (postponed from May).

MMPA AGM

Friday 24th September 2021, 19:45 - MMPA AGM, Bourne End (Bucks) Community Centre (Map). Guest speakers include Mark Hopwood CBE (barring emergencies). We also hope to have updates from MTR Elizabeth Line, Chiltern and Network Rail. Members and non-members welcome.

Tuesday 28th September 2021, 19:30 - The Marlow Society: Zoom talk by Adam Baxter “The River and the Rail”. Details here.

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. Date subject to confirmation. Ticket details to follow later.

ARTICLES

Battery Trains for the Branch?

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

GWR Report to the AGM 2018

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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.

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