Great Marlow Line MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD PASSENGERS’ ASSOCIATION

TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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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.
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Chiltern Railways until 08 December 2018

Great Western Railway until 31 December 2018:
T8 Reading & Didcot Parkway to Oxford and Banbury
T10 London to Greenford, Heathrow, Reading and Didcot Parkway (local trains)
T12 Maidenhead - Marlow

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Marlow Branch

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
IET 800008 at Paddington 15.10.2017
Intercity Express units 800 008 and 009 prepare for the launch into public service with the 07:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads on Monday 16th October. On the right 57604 “Pendennis Castle” is about to leave with the empty “Night Riviera” stock. (R. Porter)

GWR Increases Postal Charge

Great Western Railway is introducing new ticket postal chargeswith effect from 29 October 2018.

First class post will increase to £1. Next day delivery will rise from £6 to £7.50.

These charges are being introduced to cover postal costs only, GWR claims, not to profit from itscustomers. There will be no separate booking fee, and no extra charge for tickets collected at stations or downloaded.

If you're travelling from a station where it isn’t possible to collect your ticket free of charge, via a ticket office, ticket machine or an e-Ticket, then the postal charge will not apply.
[20181027]

Crossrail Delayed

The Government has just let slip out, on the last Friday of the month and during the Parliamentary recess, that the opening of the Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) core and through running to Abbey Wood have been put back by up to a year.

GWR MD, Mark Hopwood told us “This is disappointing, but we understand the need for TfL and Network Rail to have everything working well before opening. The delay to this section will not affect GWR services to and from Paddington.

“There has been no announcement on the Reading to Paddington section of Crossrail which is due to open in December 2019 but clearly that is now at risk. We will keep you informed if there are any changes to this.”

The press release can be found here.

For more background information read this article in London Reconnections.
[20180831]

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 £25.70 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.80) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.60) saves you £2.30. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.40 (Jan 2018 fares).

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 come back may save you money.
[20171230]

Christmas Engineering Work

Details are scarce at the moment but no trains will run between Slough and Paddington on Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th and Sunday 30th December. Replacement buses and alternative routes will be available. Watch Planned Engineering.
[20180912]

Bourne End Latest

The latest news is that GWR put forward three options to Network Rail, all of which NR rejected. After further discussions GWR and NR alighted on a fourth scheme, known as “3b” which involves opening out the curve from the Marlow branch so that it connects into the up platform line (platform 2). Where the diverted line crosses the line from Cookham into the down platform (1) there would be a single slip from the Marlow branch towards the down platform (1).

We acknowledge that GWR is working very hard to get this project through. Had the original tracks not been lifted they would probably be quite satisfactory as they were.
[20180831]

Government Responds to Franchise Consultation

The Department for Transport has published its response to the consultation on the Great Western Franchise held earlier this year. The document can be downloaded from this page. As previously announced the franchise is not going to be split up.
[20180829]


Older News

Bourne End in 1947

Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.

EVENTS

Monday 26th November 19:30 - RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. Lt. Col. Holman Stevens - The man and his Railway Empire.

Thursday 20th December 19:30 Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre. Members’ Xmas dinner - bookings now closed.

Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th December - no trains between Slough and Paddington.

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December - no GWR services.

Wednesday 26th December - Chiltern service Marylebone - High Wycombe - Bicester Village - Oxford service (tbc).

Sunday 30th December - no trains between Slough and Paddington.

Saturday 5th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club

ARTICLES

Battery Trains for the Branch?

We get a ride on Viva Rail’s Class 230.

GWR Report to the AGM 2018

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Intercity Express - First Impressions

IET Launch, 16th October 2017

Electrifying the Branch

Obstacles and Opportunities

A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.

Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?

Read this article from the Bucks Free Press.
[20160611]

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 179, September 2018 (PDF)

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