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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Timetable Downloads

Chiltern Railways 15 May 2022 t0 12 December 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 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 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
12 Dec 2021 to 14 May 2022
Engineering Summary

LARGE PRINT Timetables

Phone
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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165122
 

MMPA AGM POSTPONED

We have reluctantly decided to postpone the AGM because of the disruption to rail services caused by the RMT strike. It was looking very likely that most of our speakers would be unable to attend. Although Friday is a non-strike day train services would be curtailed early, making it difficult for members to get home.

RMT Strike

The strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union is going ahead on June 21st, 23rd and 25th. There will also be a strike on London Underground on Tuesday 21st. This means that there will be massive disruption throughout the week, with large parts of the network shut down.

Great Western Railway

On strike days GWR hopes to run a service on the Thames Valley branches, but at one train per hour (1tph). The Marlow branch service is subject to confirmation. A stopping service between Reading and Paddington will be provided by MTR Elizabeth Line only - no fast peak services.

On intermediate days most of the network will be operating from around 07:00 at 1tph or better. No peak shuttle to Bourne End. Services will shut down early. Expect some disruption on Sunday Morning, 26th June as trains may be in the wrong places overnight.

For more details see www.gwr.com/strike.

Chiltern Railways

On strike days Chiltern will be running 1tph Banbury to Marylebone and 1tph Aylesbury - High Wycombe - Marylebone and 1tph Aylesbury to Amersham. (No Metropolitan service on Tuesday 21st). There will be no services to Oxford or Birmingham. Up services (towards London) will start from around 07:30.

For more information see www.chilternrailways.co.uk/strike.

GWR Awarded New Rail Contract

First Group has been awarded a new National Rail Contract to run Great Western Railway, starting on 26th June. More details here.
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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.
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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.
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Branch Posession in October

Network Rail is planning a 9-day blockade of the Marlow branch in October. Dates and details will follow.
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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
Cookham34.9020.20118.10
Furze Platt33.5019.00114.80
Maidenhead33.5019.00110.90
Marlow37.9023.60123.20
Taplow31.4018.40107.60
Twyford38.6022.70126.00

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.
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SNIPPETS

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.

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 hybrid meetings (in person and Zoom).

RMT STRIKE: Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th June - see above.

POSTPONED: Friday 24th June - MMPA Annual General Meeting,

October (tbc) - 9-day blockade of the branch for engineering work.

ARTICLES

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.
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Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

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