|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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.
Great Western Railway 12 December 2020 to 15 May 2021:
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.
13 Dec 2020 until 15 May 2021
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
Some IETs Return to Service
All Intercity Express Trains have now been examined and a few are fit to return to service. For more details please read
the letter from Mark Hopwood which includes the press release issued jointly by Hitachi Rail, ORR,
HM Railway Inspectorate, GWR and LNER.
All IETs recalled to depot for checks
All Hitachi Class 8xx Intercity Express Trains (IETs) have been withdrawn for precautionary inspection after hairline cracks were found where the yaw damper brackets attach to the coach body. The yaw dampers prevent the bogies hunting from side to side. This affects all operators of these trains including GWR, LNER, Trans-Pennine Express and First Hull Trains. As a result there is severe disruption on the whole of the network. Local and branch line services are unaffected.
TFL-RAIL and local services are running but are busier than normal.
Update: later reports from Hitachi cite the lifting points on the coaches as the location of the cracks. In fact
the problems apply to both sites which are fairly close together over the bogies. The cracks under the lifting points were
not noticed at first because the paint stretched over them. However it transpires that one unit was stopped back in April.
Meanwhile GWR is trying to hire in alternative rolling stock from other parts of the country, including some Class 387s from
c-2-c. Also some Thames Valley Class 387 electric trains are be running as far as Swindon and could be extended to Cardiff.
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.
New Timetables Start Sunday 16 May
The branch timetable is unchanged on weekdays daytime and at weekends. However there are
some significant changes on weekday evenings starting with the 20:27 from Maidenhead and 21:01 from Marlow.
Progress 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 present the new footbridge obscures the signal so a short train needs to stop sooner, giving passengers a long walk.
Chiltern have told us that the new equipment is due to be commissioned in time for the 16th May timetable change.
Courtney Buses Becomes Thames Valley
As of 7th April Courtney Buses has been rebranded Thames Valley Buses. This follows the acquisition of Courtney’s by
Reading Buses in 2019. More information here.
Contactless Travel on the Branch
We are led to believe that a cashless ticket vending machine will shortly be installed at Furze Platt, and that NFC ("contactless")
travel will shortly be extended from Maidenhead to Marlow for journeys as far as Paddington and Reading.
Face Covering Compulsory
Just a reminder that you still need to wear face covering when travelling by public transport unless you are exempt.
Travelling by train is extremely safe but it’s best to avoid crowded services. Hand sanitiser is available at many stations.
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 16 May - new timetables start.
Sunday 16th May: New timetables commence.
Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th September 2021 - Railtex/Infrarail, NEC (postponed from May).
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 Technology Magazine
Railfuture (all PDF)
Railwatch No. 166 December 2020
Community Rail Network
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