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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 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.

Retatta Line We also hold a watching brief for the Twyford to Henley-on-Thames line, known as The Regatta Line, plus Taplow and High Wycombe stations.

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: enquiries at

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Crossrail Extended to Reading

Crossrail has announced that the service is to be extended to Reading, with 2tph from Reading and 4tph from Maidenhead towards London. This means that there is no need for a GW franchise service between Reading and Slough, and therefore no need for a new West facing bay platform at Slough. We also believe that the new bay platform at Maidenhead for branch line trains will not now be built. There will be no Crossrail depot at Reading but the stabling and turnback sidings at Maidenhead will go ahead (and are now under construction).

The extension to the service is expected to be cost neutral because electrification will come under the Great Western scheme, and although one extra train is needed a lot of the costs of building, permanent way and signalling work at Slough and Maidenhead will be saved.

Concern has been expressed that the new trains will have no toilets and few seats. In fact a nine-car Crossrail train will have about the same seating capacity as a five-car Networker turbo train. Crossrail has assured us that all stations operated by Crossrail will be manned, and that toilets will be available on them, all of the time that trains are running.

There will be some fast services from Twyford and Maidenhead to London Paddington operated by the GW franchise.

Crossrail Devegitation Work - April 2014

From now and until mid April 2014 Network Rail (NR) will be removing some trees and vegetation along the embankments in selected areas. This is necessary to facilitate the installation of overhead lines and gantries for the new electric trains. Further devegetation works will be required later in the year and will recommence in late autumn. NR will provide updates closer to the time.

The removal of trees and vegetation will take place during normal daytime working hours. Work will involve using a variety of equipment to remove vegetation. NR will endeavour to minimise any unnecessary environmental impacts and ensure those working on site will be briefed on their obligations to work considerately.

If you have any queries, either before or while this work is taking place, please call the 24-hour helpline on 08457 114 141 or email here.

Theresa May flags off new 2018 service from Paddington

2018 send-off at Paddington
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Maidenhead’s MP, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May was at Paddington on Monday to launch First Great Western’ new fast evening service from Padington to Maidenhead, Twyford and Reading on Monday. This service has been made possible because of improved reliability of the Class 165/6 fleet. The 5-car 'turbo' which would normally have been on standby at Reading Depot now makes an extra journey to Paddington (empty) and back to Reading.

The new service departs Paddington (usually platform 5 but check) at 2018 arriving at Maidenhead 2039, Twyford 2047 and Reading 2059.

An updated version of the East 1 timetable booklet is available, but neither the branch line tables at the end of the booklet nor the separate timetable leaflets for the Marlow and Henley branches have been updated.

Crossrail Track Works at Maidenhead

Network Rail’s enabling works for Crossrail in the Maidenhead area will run until 2016. These include major civil engineering works to the station over Easter 2014.

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