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News Archive 2021

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Smith 1937-2021

We are sorry to report the passing of one of our honorary life members and former member of the Rail Users Consultative Committee, Elizabeth Smith, on 20th January. We send our condolences to her family.

Engineering Work, Sunday March 7

Rail improvement works will betaking place on Sunday 7th March, when Network Rail will be working on the overhead line equipment between London Paddington and Acton Main Line. Completion of the work will help to reduce the impact on services in the event of an incident that requires the power to be turned off.

No trains will be able to run to/from London Paddington on this day. Most long-distance services from across the network will terminate at Reading. Limited local services will run between Reading and Ealing Broadway, operated by GWR and TfL Rail.

Our advice to customers is to travel on an alternative day if possible for a faster and smoother journey. A web page containing more information is available 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:

  • all parking on the forecourt will move to the Stafferton Way multi-storey car park where Great Western Railway (GWR) parking bays will be available to for use on the ground floor (normal parking charges apply)
  • additional set-down and pick-up zones will be available at Stafferton Way multi-storey car park

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 here (PDF).

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