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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.

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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Chiltern Line Blocked by Landslip

The Chiltern Main Line is blocked by a landslip near Harbury tunnel between Banbury and Leamington Spa. There is a replacement bus service between these two stations. Chiltern tickets between London and the West Midlands are being accepted by Virgin Trains and London Midland. More information here.

Update: An emergency timetable is still in operation. The line may be closed for some weeks.

MMPA AGM - Friday 27th March

Your chance to quiz the senior managers from First Great Western and Chiltern Railways. With luck we might have Crossrail and Network Rail represented too, not to mention Arriva The Shires and Carousel. It's at the Bourne End Community Centre (small hall) starting at 19:45. If you're on the 18:42 from Paddington or 19:24 from Marlow you should be in plenty of time. Guests are welcome. Map.

Major Disruption at Easter

First Great Western has announced details of its service arrangements for 3rd - 11th April when major permanent way work will be carried out between Hayes & Harlington and Didcot Parkway. Replacement bus services will be operating. For Twyford passengers there will be a bus link to Wokingham.

For those affected by browser compatibility problems on the FGW site we have reproduced the relevant local information here. We have noticed some inconsistencies in the information provided and have asked FGW to correct them.

Temporary Canopies at Maidenhead

First Great Western’s promises in October that temporary canopies would be erected before work started on demolishing the old canopies came to nought. We took this up with FGW and were advised that the canopies will be put up within the next two weeks. We shall continue to monitor the situation.

Update: some temporary sheeting has been secured over the central part of platform 4/5.

GWR Running-in Board at High Wycombe Restored

Chiltern Railways has had the original Great Western running-in board restored to its former glory with amended wording since the station is not currently the junction for Maidenhead and Marlow. The sign had been covered up first by a British Railways Western Region enamel sign and more recently by advertising posters. Many thanks to station manager Rob Munday for the initiative. The restoration was part funded by MMPA and the Railway Heritage Trust. (Photo: Chiltern Railways)

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In Cold Weather..

If you’re the last on or off, please close the train doors. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations.

Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.

Western Rail Access to Heathrow

Network Rail has been holding information sessions to explain its plans for a rail link to Heathrow from the west and would welcome any feedback here (e-mail). More information can be found here.

Electrification Works at Maidenhead

Crossrail has warned us about the planned installation of a transformer to the west of Maidenhead station between February and October 2015. For more information about the work please click here.

Electrification Works at Taplow

Network Rail will be clearing vegitation and installing piled foundations in the Taplow area between 12th January and 27th February. From 2nd February to 20th April they will be installing the overhead line structures. For more information see this letter (PDF).

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.

Extra Through Train from Paddington to Bourne End

First Great Western is hoping to run an additional through train from Paddington to Bourne End at 16:32 Monday-Friday from the May 2015 timetable change. This is dependent on negotiating the necessary path with Network Rail.

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 for the upgrade.

A service interval improvement from 45 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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