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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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Network Rail Flailing Around Again

Network Rail has informed us that they will be clearing vegitation along the line between Maidenhead and Bourne End each night from Tuesday 9th February 01:00 to Friday 12th February 05:30.

Vegitation along the Twyford to Henley-on-Thames line will be cleared each night from Tuesday 2nd February 01:00 to Friday 5th February 05:30. Residents near the lines will be informed by letter.

Ticket Office Hours to be Reduced?

We have been notified of proposed changes to the opening hours at some ticket offices.

Bourne End: new hours would be 06:05 to 12:35 on weekdays (currently 06:15 to 13:15) and 07:10 to 13:40 on Saturdays (currently 07:15 to 14:15), a reduction of 3 hours a week.

Cookham: unchanged on weekdays, 08:00 to 11:30 Saturdays (currently 08:15 to 12:00). Reduction 15 minutes.

Taplow: proposed 06:30 to 13:00 on weekdays (currently 06:20 to 13:40), a reduction of 2 hours a week. Closed on weekends.

As far as we know Furze Platt and Twyford are unaffected.

You can purchase tickets on the train outside these times (except through trains from London which can be driver-only-operated) but the changes will affect customers wishing to pick up tickets for travel later on. Customers wishing to purchase or renew season tickets early in the morning would benefit from some changes.

If you will be adversely affected you have until 31st January to comment to Transport Focus.

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.

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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.


Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 18th March 2016 at Bourne End Community Centre (map) starting at 19:45 hrs. Travel on the 18:42 Paddington to Bourne End (19:14 at Maidenhead) or 19:17 Marlow to Bourne End.

This is your opportunity to question senior managers from GWR and Chiltern Railways. Hopefully we'll also have updates from Crossrail and Network Rail. Non-members welcome.

Campaign to Save Through Trains

Cookham Lib-Dem Parish Councillor Martin Coker is campaigning to get a stay of execution for through trains between Bourne End and London. Read more on the Royal Borough Lib-Dems web site. They have also started a petition to get the branch electrified.

Update: Listen to Cllr. Fiona Hewer’s interview (MP3) on Radio Berkshire.

Open Letter to Theresa May

Cookham PC has sent an open letter (PDF) to Maidenhead’s MP, Theresa May to express the council’s concerns about electrification, through trains to London and the lack of toilets on the proposed Crossrail trains. The letter asks Mrs. May to “ensure that Crossrail’s decisions are reviewed to include the needs of passengers from Cookham, and that electrification of the Maidenhead-Marlow branch line takes place at the same time as the main line and its other branch lines".

Update: Read Theresa May’s reply (PDF).

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