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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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From 21 May until 31 December 2017

Chiltern Railway
E1 London to Greenford, Heathrow Airport and Reading (Local services)
E2 London and Reading to Oxford and Banbury (Stopping services)
E3 London Paddington, Slough and Reading to Oxford (Fast services)
E8 London Paddington to Maidenhead and Marlow
E9 Twyford to Henley-on-Thames

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Live signalling diagram Twyford - West Drayton

Compensation for Delays

For information see GWR’s web site or download the Delay Compensation Form (PDF).

For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.

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Marlow Branch from 21 May

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
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.

Update: The dry rot has turned out to be worse than at first thought, and extensive renovation of the building will be required. Our Station Manager, Alison Hanscomb is trying to get a temporary ticket office installed. We were expecting to have gateline staff at the station in the mornings to sell tickets and assist passengers but this seems to have lasted two days.

As a result of the closure our long-serving booking clark, Barry Haines, has decided to bring forward his retirement. He had intended to retire later this year. We know that Barry will be missed by all of his customers and we wish him the very best for his retirement.

Update: We are not aware of any progress with the temporary ticket office and are pursuing this with GWR.

New Portable Ticket Machines

New portable ticket machines are now in use the branch, replacing the troublesome Avantix Mobile machines. The system uses a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone to handle NFC (co-called “contactless”) payments with separate devices to select the fare and print the ticket.

Update: There is a problem with the new printers that could have been forseen. They can hold a stock of 125 blank tickets. A return ticket paid for on a card or mobile phone uses up three blanks, and with NFC payments being much faster than cash or chip-and-pin the tickets run out more quickly. To reload the printer the guard has to return to one of the cabs, and this can take 4 or 5 minutes - longer than it takes to travel between two stations. We are told that he or she could carry a spare pack of ticket blanks which would take only about 30 seconds to load, but this is not always happening.

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.

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.

Oxford and Euston Blockades

With the line between Didcot and Oxford closed all week for permanent way upgrades Chiltern is experiencing heavy demand on its route from Oxford to Marylebone.

Over the August bank holiday weekend lines into Euston will out of use. No Virgin trains will run south of Milton Keynes and no London Midland trains will run south of Hemmel Hempstead. Chiltern will have the only operating route between the West Midlands and the Capital. The industry is encouraging people not to travel over that weekend if possible.

Twyford Car Park Access

A notice has appeared on the wall, not very obviously, that the access to/from TWYFORD station car park is closing for major drainage work between 22nd and 30th July - on the Hurst Road south side. All vehicles will have to enter and exit down Gun Lane by the Oriental Wok on the north side.

Taplow Footbridge Update

Update: The main spans were lifted over the weekend of 1st/2nd July and taken to Stockley by road. The staircases remain in situ. Some photos of the lift can be found here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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


July 22nd to 29th - buses replace trains between Didcot Parkway and Oxford and some services will be diverted. Chiltern services from Oxford are running and will be heavily used.

August 26th to 28th - Lines into Euston closed. Chiltern lines into Marylebone (including Met) will experience very heavy demand. Customers should avoid travelling over that weekend if at all possible.

Saturday 2nd September - Old Oak Common Depot Open Day

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September - OLE testing in the Reading area. Replacement bus services will run between Maidenhead and Theale / Didcot Parkway, Reading and Basingstoke, and Reading and Swindon. Long distance services will be subject to diversions and alterations. See the GWR web site for more information.

Thursday 21st September, 20:00 - Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre.

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?

Read this article from the Bucks Free Press.

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 174, May 2017 (PDF)

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