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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 12 December 2021 to 14 May 2022:

15 May to 9th December 2022 (PDF)

London Marylebone - High Wycombe - Oxford/Aylesbury/Birmingham Moor St. (HTML)

Changes to train times (HTML)

Great Western Railway 12 December 2021 to 14 May 2022:

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

Great Western Railway 15 May to 10 December 2022:

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

View / download GWR Timetables.

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.

HTML Timetables
Marlow Branch
12 Dec 2021 to 14 May 2022
Engineering Summary

LARGE PRINT Timetables

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

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165121 and 126 and at Bourne End
Turbos 165126 for Maidenhead and 165121 for Marlow meet at Bourne End on 27.6.2018 (R. Porter)
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Crossrail to Open on 24 May

Crossrail has announced that the Elizabeth Line core from Paddington to Abbey Wood will open to the public on Tuesday 24th May. A 12 trains per hour (tph) service will operate from 06:30 to 23:00 Monday to Saturday. It will also run on the Sunday of the Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Trains will not stop at Bond Street to start with.

Platforms in the core section are labelled “A” for Eastbound trains and “R” for Westbound trains. TfL-Rail trains are being rebranded Elizabeth Line.

The outer sections from Reading/Heathrow to Paddington and Liverpool Street to Shenfield will continue to operate as at present for the time being. Crossrail expects that through services will be in operation this Autumn, and that the full 24 tph timetable will commence in May 2023.

Elizabeth Line Roundel

Fare Capping on TFL-RAIL/Elizabeth Line

TfL has provided the following daily and weekly capping information for our local stations. These prices apply when using TfL’s pay-as-you-go ”contactless” payment system (CPay) even if travelling on GWR trains (but not beyond Reading). Oyster is not valid between West Drayton and Reading.

StationDaily AnytimeDaily Off-peakWeekly
Bourne End36.3021.40119.50
Furze Platt33.5019.00114.80

It will be noted that the daily caps are the same price as travelcards. Weekly caps apply from Monday to Sunday only, so if you're starting mis-week it may be cheaper to get a travelcard.

Great British Rail Sale Now On

Over a million rail tickets will be reduced by up to 50% as the Government and the rail industry launch the Great British Rail Sale.

Tickets can be purchased online from participating retailers with the up to half-price rate applying to range of off-peak tickets. Discounted tickets are available for selected journeys from 25th April to 27th May. The Government looks like it’s reacting to people’s concerns about rising rail costs, but this gesture, though welcome, won’t last long so make the most of it!

Theresa May Joins GWR Advisory Board

Maidenhead MP and former Prime Minister Theresa May has joined GWR’s 12-strong Independent Stakeholder Advisory Board. GWR has had a Stakeholder Advisory Board since its conception in 2015, bringing forward the idea from First Great Western. Set up to offer a sounding board and critical, informed advice the Advisory Board includes representatives from all the routes served by GWR, covering the fields of business, academia, the voluntary sector and the Houses of Parliament.

Rt Hon Theresa May MP takes the vacancy created when Ranil Jayawardena MP joined the Government. Mrs May will receive no payment and no complimentary travel but will attend up to six meetings a year with the GWR senior team.

May Timetable Preview


  • No change to Thames Valley branches
  • No change to fast services to Paddington
  • Most 12-car Class 387 Didcot - London electric services reduced to 8-cars
  • Three Oxford - Didcot/Reading morning peak services deleted
  • Didcot/Reading - Paddington relief line timings adjusted (GWR and TFL-RAIL).


  • No changes for Thames Valley branches.

There will be other changes around the network, most notably:

  • Class 387 electrics to Newbury with a diesel shuttle from there to Bedwyn.
  • Class 802 Intercity Express Trains which now serve Bedwyn replace “Castle Class” shortened High Speed Trains in the West. The HSTs are the most polluting trains on GWR so this cascade saves CO2 emissions.

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.


West Coast Main Line: extensive engiuneering work over bank holiday weekend (30/4 - 2/5). Passengers are advised to travel either side of the weenend if possible.

GWR’s parent company, First Group has appointed Graham Sutherland as its new Chief Executive Officer. Sutherland was previously CEO of BT.

Northern Line is closed between Moorgate and Kennington. Reopens on Monday 16th May.

Chiltern: sniffer dogs are being used to trace cable theives between Marylebone and Banbury. The cables are coated with a DNA liquid that has a unique code for each location and that has a distinctive scent which can be picked up by the dogs.

TfL no longer requires face coverings to be worn on its services from 24th February but strongly recommends them.

Older News

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 hybrid meetings (in person and Zoom).

CHANGE Friday 24th June - MMPA Annual General Meeting, Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road SL8 5SX (map).


Battery Trains for the Branch?

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

GWR Report to the AGM 2018

Download PDF

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.

Latest Publications

MMPA Newsletter Archive

Issue 189 (Mar. 2022, PDF): A4 | A5 x 2 | Pamphlet

Rail Business Daily (sign up)


Rail Technology Magazine

Modern Railways

Railfuture (all PDF)

Railwatch No. 170 December 2021
Rail User Express August 2021
Thames Valley Newsletter No. 99, August 2021
railse no.154 December 2021 (London & SE quarterly newsletter)
inter-railse no.44 February 2022 (L & SE monthly newsletter)

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