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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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Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
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Banbury and Oxford Summer Blockade

All lines through Banbury will be closed for track and signalling renewals from 30th July to 7th August inclusive. A replacement bus service will operate between Bicester North and Leamington Spa.

The line between Didcot Parkway and Banbury will be closed from 30th July for two weeks. Diversions and replacement bus services will operate.

GWR Electric Train Update

It now appears that GWR will not be taking the “nearly new” Class 387 units currently in use by Southern. Instead they will be leasing some units purchased speculatively by leasing company Porterbrook plus some more new units ordered from Bombardier in Derby. It also looks like GWR will be using bi-mode Hitachi AT300 trains on Oxford services in advance of the delayed electrification from Didcot to the city. We believe that GWR is trying to standardise its Thames Valley electric fleet on Class 387 Electrostars instread of taking on 1980s Class 365 Networkers displaced from Thameslink by the Siemens Class 700 trains. The 387s have a top speed of 110 mph which can be exploited when running on the main lines.

RAIB Investigating Incident at Twyford

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is investigating an incident in which an occupied wheelchair came into multiple contacts with a passing freight train at Twyford station on 7th April 2016. More information can be found here.

Two Trains per Hour Off-peak?

Great Western Railway 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.

Article: Electrifying the Branch

Obstacles and Opportunities

A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.

Chris Green at Bourne End, July 16

Chris Green, former General Manager and architect of Network SouthEast (in between ScotRail and Virgin Trains), will be speakiing at the RCTS/MDRS joint meeting at Bourne End Community Centre on Thursday 16th July starting at 19:30 hrs. Chris will be giving a talk on the Inter-City Story and will be selling his book of the same title. Admission for non-members is by donation.

Taplow Stopping Position

We are pressing GWR and Network Rail to move the stopping positions for short trains (2/3 car) at Taplow. At present down trains stop at the country end of platform 3 but the temporary bridge they must use is at the London end. In the up direction short trains stop unnecessarily at the country end of platform 4.

Crossed Legs on Crossrail

A member has had a reply from Crossrail to his complaint about the lack of toilets on Crossrail. They are now saying that toilets will only be available on 80% of stations - previously it was all stations. Even then we doubt that toilets will be provided on all Crossrail platforms. Crossrail have admitted that they are providing a "metro style" service all the way from Berkshire to Essex and Kent, when what we need is an R.E.R. (regional express network) style service.

Avoiding Fines Trumps Serving Passengers

We have been following up complaints about Network Rail Paddington announcing trains with insufficient time for passengers to board before they depart. We were astonished to get a reply from Network Rail which included: “We do strive to give passengers sufficient time to board but owing to operational requirements, this is not always possible.”.

We consider this unacceptable. What's the point of running a train service if you don’t give intending passengers time to get on. The operators seem to think that running an empty train on time is better than serving customers.

Influence of Crossrail on Property Values

This speculative article might be of interest.

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