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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.
Great Western Railway 12 December 2020 to 15 May 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
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.
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 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
The message from Government remains that public transport should be avoided if possible, and from Monday (15th), a face covering
has been compulsory when travelling by train. Although a three layer mask is recommended it doesn’t need to be surgical grade.
In Cold Weather..
If you’re the last on or off a diesel unit, please close the train door. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations. The doors on Class 387 Electrostars will close automatically after a short interval if not being used. Class 345 Aventras (TFL-RAIL) do not have passenger operated door close buttons.
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.
Maidenhead Station Improvement Works
Improvement works on the forecourt of Maidenhead Station get underway this month, as part of the council’s commitment to a programme of improvements in the town. To minimise disruption to residents and passengers, the work will be completed in two phases so that half the forecourt always remains open.
Phase one, which will run from 15th January 2021 until February 2021, will concentrate on the northern half of the station’s forecourt, while phase two will see work being carried out on the southern half, in March and April 2021.
While the work is being carried out, there will be some necessary changes to the area, including:
Throughout both phases of the works, disabled bays will still be available on the station forecourt and the ticket hall and entrance will remain open. Taxis will also still be able to operate from the station forecourt.
The overall improvement works programme, including the work on the forecourt, was largely paid for with £3.75M in funding from the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, through its Local Growth Deal with Government, with the original business case having been approved by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Transport Body on in November 2017.
The full plans can be seen
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 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
Last updated 13th April, 2021
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