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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.

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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FGW May Timetables Now Available

The May 2015 range of First Great Western timetables is now available to view and download from the FGW web site. Printed copies will be delivered to stations by Friday 17 April.

A combined volume will be available in around two weeks’ time. This will have a price of £5 again, but will only cover the period until September when we will be issuing a free supplement to it.

Extra Through Train from Paddington to Bourne End

First Great Western is introducing an additional through train from Paddington to Bourne End at 16:32 Monday-Friday from the May 2015 timetable change.
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Two Trains per Hour Off-peak?

First Great Western 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 for the upgrade.

A service interval improvement from 45 to 30 minutes is being considered for Henley, but at the cost of reducing the service from Wargrave to hourly. This is subject to consultation.

GWR Running-in Board at High Wycombe Restored

Chiltern Railways has had the original Great Western running-in board restored to its former glory with amended wording since the station is not currently the junction for Maidenhead and Marlow. The sign had been covered up first by a British Railways Western Region enamel sign and more recently by advertising posters. Many thanks to station manager Rob Munday for the initiative. The restoration was part funded by MMPA and the Railway Heritage Trust. (Photo: Chiltern Railways)

Marlow Electrification shelved for CP5

Although electrification of the Windsor and Henley branches is to go ahead, the Marlow branch will not now be done in Control Period 5 (to 2019) despite the fact that it was added to the Government’s High Level Output Specification for CP5. Network Rail is citing technical difficulties as the reason although they could quite easily electrify a simple branch line if they wanted to. One or two bridges may need clearance work but this can often be done by lowering the trackbed. There are no footbridges at stations to worry about.

The main difficulty for the operator is that non-standard three car trains with 20m coaches will be needed because of the limited distance between the buffer stops at Bourne End and the junction for Marlow. Such trains are in use elsewhere e.g. class 319, 320 and 334 in Scotland, not to mention class 313/4/5 which are getting a bit long in the tooth. There are no 2-car 25kV overhead electric trains.

If funding is achieved for the infrastructure changes at Bourne End (see left) then it makes sense to do these before electrifying the line. However we shall be pressing parliamentary and local election candidates to make sure that electrification is included in CP6.

Western Rail Access to Heathrow

Network Rail has been holding information sessions to explain its plans for a rail link to Heathrow from the west and would welcome any feedback here (e-mail). More information can be found here.

Thames Branches Day Ranger Tickets

These tickets permit travel between Paddington, Tilehurst, Reading West and Winnersh Triangle incuding the branch lines but not into Heathrow Airport. They are valid at any time on weekends, and after 09:30 weekdays except on High Speed services leaving Paddington between 16:00 and 19:15. Prices are £19 for adults, £9.50 for children and £12.50 for railcard holders. 3- and 7-day Thames Rover tickets are also available.

Electrification Works

Piling and erection work continues along the line, mostly at night and over weekends when the Relief lines can be closed. Local residents will have been warned about possible disruption and replacement bus services for Burnham and Taplow at these times.

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