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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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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

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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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Older News

Track Maintenance Work

Network Rail will be carrying out rail improvement work on the Marlow branch line beginning on Wednesday 7th July.

They will be completing track maintenance on the branch line, and this means that on Wednesdays only from 7th July to 4th August inclusive, the 1134 Maidenhead to Marlow service and the 1200 Marlow to Maidenhead service will be operated by buses instead of trains.

Crossrail Starts Trial Running

Crossrail has commenced trial running at four trains per hour through the central section to prove that the railway is safe and reliable. The frequency will be stepped up during the year. Meanwhile three stations have been handed over the TfL: Custom House, Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road, and Crossrail is now fully integrated with the Great Western Main Line at Portobello. However, service trains from the west will continue to terminate at Paddington high level for some time. The latest target we have for the opening of Elizabeth Line is “the first half of 2022”. (DHYB)

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.

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)

Bourne End in 1947

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.

Saturday 17th July 2021 - Railfuture AGM, Birmingham.

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

Friday 24th September 2021 - AGM, Bourne End (Bucks) Community Centre.

Sunday 11th December - new timetables start.


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.

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

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