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The Marlow - Maidenhead Passengers' Association is the action group for all public transport users - 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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Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
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GWR East 8 Pocket Timetable Format

Thanks to all those who replied to our poll. Our choice by 68% to 32% of those expressing a preference is for the previous format with all branch line trains plus connecting times at Paddington, Slough and Reading. This has been communicated to GWR. We asked for reinstatement of the shading to indicate peak hour restrictions but this is unlikely to be forthcoming because fare restrictions could change during the validity of the timetable.

We also noted that the branch line tables were removed from the latest East 1 timetable booklet. We have asked for connecting times at Windsor and Eton Central, Bourne End, Marlow and Henley-on-Thames to be included in the main table. This should be possible while still having two timetable bands per page.

Electrification Update

At the recent RCTS talk on the Great Western Route Modernisation, Tom Pierpoint, GWR’s “sponsor” for the Thames Valley section said that GWR was still expecting to run electric services on the Windsor & Eton Central and Henley-on-Thames branches. Electrification of the Marlow branch and the Reading to Basingstoke line was not going ahead at present.

FGW Had Two of the Five Most Overcrowded Trains in 2014

A report just issued by the Department for Transport lists two First Great Western services amongst the ten most overcrowded peak trains in England and Wales in Autumn 2014. These are the 06:31 and 07:02 Reading to London Paddington which are in 3rd and 5th place respectively. A Heathrow Connect service is 4th. The 06:31 is a 3-car turbo with a standard class load factor of 176% (646 passengers on a train with an allowable capacity including standing of 367). FGW responded by saying that it was going to declassify first class sections of Class 165 turbos giving an extra 16 standard class seats per unit - against an excess of passengers over capacity of 279 not counting any first class ticket holders who will now have to travel standard class!

Thames Branches Day Ranger Tickets

These tickets permit travel between Paddington, Tilehurst, Reading West and Winnersh Triangle incuding the branch lines but not into Heathrow Airport. They are valid at any time on weekends, and after 09:30 weekdays except on High Speed services leaving Paddington between 16:00 and 19:15. Prices are £19 for adults, £9.50 for children and £12.50 for railcard holders. 3- and 7-day Thames Rover tickets are also available.

GWR Christmas and New Year Services

Great Western has published details of its Christmas services, or lack thereof.

As usual there will be no trains on Christmas day or Boxing Day. Services will run down early on Christmas Eve.

The Marlow branch will be closed from 27th December to 3rd January inclusive. Replacement buses will operate. On 27th and 28th December no trains will run between Slough and Paddington. Buses will operate between Maidenhead and High Wycombe for connection into Chiltern services.

Trains will not call at Taplow on some days. Buses will operate between Slough and Maidenhead calling at Burnham and Taplow.

Full details can be found here.

Chiltern Line to Oxford to open on 25th October

Chiltern Railways has announced that the first full day of service between Oxford Parkway (at Water Eaton) and Marylebone via Bicester Village and High Wycombe will be Monday 26th October (See BBC News story). The service will be extended to Oxford station later, but in the mean time buses will operate from the Park & Ride area adjacent to Parkway station.

Update: you can download the draft October timetables here.

Update 2: There may be a service to Oxford Parkway on Sunday 25th October. However, because of a football match at Wembley there will be a special event timetable and not the normal Sunday timetable. Please check with the Chiltern Railways site for details.

Two Trains per Hour Off-peak?

First Great Western is looking at the possibility of running a half-hourly off-peak service on the Marlow branch without the need to change trains. This would require track and signalling modifications at Bourne End so that trains can access platform 2 from Marlow. It is dependent on getting Local Growth Fund money from Thames Valley Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership plus funding from local government, Network Rail and DfT. This is awaiting confirmation.

A service interval improvement from 40 to 30 minutes is being considered for Henley, but at the cost of reducing the service from Wargrave to hourly. This is subject to consultation.

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