|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
The Marlow - Maidenhead Passengers' Association is the public transport user group - 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.
Timetable Downloads (PDF)
From 21 May until 31 December 2017
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
Marlow Branch from 21 May
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
Cookham Ticket Office Closed
GWR has informed us that Cookham ticket office is closed until further notice for health and safety reasons. A red dust that had been settling within the office and it is suspected it might be due to dry rot. GWR will have people attending site on Monday (12th June) but they do not expect the results of the samples to come through until middle / late next week. They plan to provide a gateline member of staff at Cookham on Monday morning and will look to cover the rest of the week then.
Ticket Machines for Marlow and Cookham
GWR will be installing ticket vending machines (TVMs) at Cookham and Marlow in December. They will accept card and NFC payments only.
New Portable Ticket Machines
New portable ticket machines are now in use the branch, replacing the troublesome Avantix Mobile machines. The machine is based on a Samsung Galazy
mobile phone with a separate bluetooth ticket printer.
High Wycombe P1 Stopping Position
Update: Chiltern has informed us that Network Rail has quoted a price of £250,000 for installing a banner repeater which would show
drivers the signal aspect when the starting signal is obscured by the staircase and lift. This looks to us like a “we don’t want to do
it” price. Chiltern does not have the resources to fund this at present.
WDC Funds Study into Reopening Link
Wycombe District Council has backed a £100,000 high level feasibility study over two years into the possibility of reinstating the Bourne End tp
High Wycombe line which was closed by BR in 1970 after employing devious ploys to reduce travel. The funding comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Save Money by Splitting Your Ticket
If you buy an anytime return ticket to Paddington you may save money by splitting your ticket at Slough, as long as you travel on trains which stop at Slough. For example the anytime return fare from Bourne End to Paddington is £24.90 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.60) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.10) saves you £2.20. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.50.
There are no such savings on off-peak or season tickets. However if you have a railcard and need to travel up in the morning peak then an anytime
single plus a reduced off-peak single to return may save you money.
Chiltern Axes Timetables and Trollies
Chiltern Railways have announced that the May 2017 printed timetable will be their last. After that information will only be available online or from notices at stations. MMPA has argued that this unfairly penalises passengers who do not have internet access, and would like to see the timetables continued.
We also understand that Chiltern is withdrawing catering facilities from all sevices. Passengers using the business class coaches will get a cold drink and biscuit left on the table. These retrograde measures are being introduced by Arriva to cut costs, and sadly the spirit of Chiltern is steadily being eroded.
From mid-May APCOA is taking over the management of all Chiltern Railways car parks which will be equipped with automatic number plate recognition.
If no payment is made within a certain time a penalty notice will be sent to the registered keeper.
Taplow Footbridge Update
Work is now starting to prepare the footbridge for removal for offsite repair. The next opportunity for the bridge to be removed would be the bank
holiday weekend at the end of May. We are awaiting confirmation from Network Rail (via Crossrail) whether or not it will be ready to be taken away then.
Watch this space.
The Saga Continues
We were expecting the bridge to be lifted over the bank holiday weekend, but then it was discovered that a number of cables ran over the bridge and
these will need to be rerouted before the bridge can be lifted.
The latest plan is to remove the footbridge in parts over two weekend nighttime possessions on 1/2 and 8/9 July.
Bourne End Progress
GWR has awarded a contract to Atkins who are undertaking GRIP 1-3* work on the scheme to increase capacity. This will be in two phases: Phase A commencing this week is to design the track layout and to assess whether it will fit within the existing Network Rail land, and Phase B to complete the design up to GRIP 3 (Option selection). Topographical surveys will be undertaken during times when a replacement bus service is running because of Crossrail work at Maidenhead.
* GRIP is Network Rail’s process, Governance of Rail Investment Projects.
Extra Stops at Taplow
We've been alerted to three extra stops at Taplow by fast trains to and from Paddington on weekdays. These are 0746 to Slough and Paddington, 0846 (from Bourne End) to Slough, Southall and Paddington, and 1810 Paddington to Henley-on-Thames (1842 at Taplow).
We understand that this is a temporary arrangement to relieve pressure on Maidenhead because of the closure of Silco Drive car park until
the end of September.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Satuirday 1st July, 10:30 - 17:00 - Beaconsfield Golden Jubilee Model Railway Exhibition, The Beaconsfield School, Walltlton Road HP9 1SJ. Beasconsfield & District Model Railway Club.
Monday 3rd July - more services between Paddington and Reading become electrically operated to Maidenhead, with some diesel connecting services for Twyford and Reading.
Saturday 2nd September - Old Oak Common Depot Open Day
Monday 1st January 2018 - new timetable; start of electric services between Paddington and Didcot Parkway.
Saturday 6th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club
Big Housing Developments Need Public Transport
Housing developments are proposed for Slate Meadow. Bourne End (250 houses) and in the field behind the Garibaldi, accessed through Holland Farm (500 houses). The roads are very narrow, Cookham Bridge a major problem , Bourne End Parade not easy, Hedsor Road already tough. This clearly brings public transport into the frame in a big way and MMPA is on the case!
The group responsible can be found at Don’t Destroy Bourne End.
Article: Electrifying the Branch
Obstacles and Opportunities
A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.
Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?
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