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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Timetable Downloads (PDF)

11 December 2016 to 20 May 2017 unless stated.

Chiltern Railway
London to Greenford, Heathrow Airport and Reading (Local services) from 01 Jan 2017
London Paddington, Slough and Reading to Oxford (Fast services)
London Paddington to Maidenhead and Marlow
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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Timetables (PDF)
December 2016

Table 115 Chiltern Mainline
Table 116 London-Bedwyn,
Oxford...Birmingham

Table 117 London-Reading
Table 120 Marlow Branch
Table 121 Henley Branch

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Maidenhead Connections

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter

Maidenhead Station Toilets

This is a subject that’s been raising a bit of a stink for a long time and we've been trying to get to the bottom of it. Well now we have thanks to our contacts at GWR, and guess what, it's all down to piles. I mean the sort Network Rail (NR) has been banging into the ground to support the overhead line equipment (OLE).

“The platform 4/5 toilet drainage has recently suffered a blockage that closed the toilets for use by our customers. The blockage was eventually found to be OLE piling damage and NR is now planning to divert the drainage pipework. The drainage pipework was pumped out, blockage removed and the toilets re-opened for use. The toilets are currently open for use.

“NR’s OLE team is monitoring the situation and will pump out the drainage system whenever required, until the drainage pipe is successfully diverted.” So now you know.
[20170225]

Wheelchair Incident at Twyford

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued its report on an incident which occurred at Twyford on 7th April 2016 in which an occupied wheelchair came into contact with a passing freight train.

A teenage girl in her wheelchair was parked parallel to the track and well back from the yellow line on platform 4. The brakes were not fully applied and the girl’s mother was looking the other way. The train passed at 45mph but its slipstream was sufficient to move the wheelchair. Because the brakes were uneven the chair turned towards the train where it came into contact with waggons three times. The third impact knocked the wheelchair away from the train. The girl sustained a minor injury to a toe and slight damage to her chair.

The report stresses the following learning point:

Wheelchair users and other vulnerable station users should be aware that trains passing platforms, particularly freight trains, can generate slipstreams which are strong enough to move wheelchairs and pushchairs even if the brakes are on, especially if the effectiveness of the brakes has deteriorated with age or wear. It is always better to park well away from the platform edge and to hold onto the wheelchair or pushchair when a train passes by, even if the brakes or wheel locks have been applied.

The report notes the lack of an appropriate warning notice on platform 4 and criticised the use of automatic announcements of passing trains on platforms not accessible to the public. These reduce the effectiveness of announcements on platforms that are in use.
[20170122]

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 autumn.
[20170104]

Delay Compensation Delay

It appears that, unsurprisingly, GWR has a huge backlog of compensation claims mostly due to infrastructure faults, exacerbated by a change of system. If you've submitted a claim it will be dealt with but it may take a while.
[20170105]

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.
[20170105]

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In Cold Weather..

If you’re the last on or off, please close the train doors. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations.

Doors on High Speed Trains do not close automatically. Please avoid unnecessary delays by closing the door behind you.

Maidenhead Station Improvements

Crossrail has given us details of some of the improvements they plan to make at Maidenhead station. These include:

  • Platform 1: install new lift and widen entrance to provide step-free access.
  • Platform 2/3: remove existing lift to provide an extra staircase; install new lift to provide step-free access.
  • Platform 4/5: provide an additional staircase; the existing lift will remain in situ.

Painting the machinery lofts on top of the lift shafts is not currently within Crossrail’s scope of work. These sheds are eyesores which stick out like sore thumbs above the new canopies.
[20161217]

Going Live!

Network Rail has advised us that from 4th February 2017 the overhead lines and associated infrastructure between Stockley Road Bridge (A408 near West Drayton) and Norden Road in West Maidenhead should be treated as live.
[20161111]

Update: The date has now been put back to 5th March. GWR is still confident that it can start electric services to Maidenhead on 21st May.
[20170212]

Action Plan for Information on Rail Fares and Ticketing

The Department for Transport, Rail Delivery Group, Which? and Transport Focus have worked together to identify actions that will improve fares and ticketing for passengers. They have worked closely with the Office of Rail and Road, and have commissioned input from train companies, consumer and passenger groups, technology firms, and ticket retailers.

They have developed a set of actions (PDF 20MB) to make improvements for passengers in the next twelve months, organised in the following themes:

  • how you choose your ticket
  • what you buy
  • where you buy your ticket
  • how you buy your ticket
[20161213]

High Wycombe P1 Stopping Position

Short trains terminating at Platform 1 usually stop at the far end of the platform which necessitates a very long walk for passengers crossing over to or from platform 3. The reason is that if the train continues towards the buffer stops, when the driver changes ends he/she cannot see the starting signal from the cab because the new staircase and lift shaft are in the way. Some drivers have found out that if they get out and walk to the back of the platform they can see the signal and can return to the cab when they get the road. However this should not be necessary and they won't want to do it in bad weather.
[20160929]

We are pressing Network Rail through Chiltern Railways to install a banner repeater so that the drivers know when the signal is off.

Electrification Schemes On Hold

Network Rail has deferred a number of schemes which were part of the Great Western route electrification. Schemes affected include the Thames Valley Branch lines (Henley and Windsor), Appleford to Oxford, Thingley Junction (where the Westbury and Bath lines diverge) to Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads via Filton Bank.

Mark Hopwood wrote: “The changes are of course disappointing. However, we have done a considerable amount of work with the Department for Transport over the past year to find different ways to provide the benefits we promised customers despite the challenges faced by Network Rail. Although there is some more work to do, we expect to be able to deliver the benefits broadly in line with the timescales we originally expected. Of course, we will need to understand today's news a little more to be completely sure, but we will do all we can to deliver our commitments to customers as close as possible to the dates we promised when the franchise started.”
[20161108]

No Toilets on Crossrail Trains

Class 700 accessible toilet

This is one of the accessible toilets on the new Thameslink Class 700 trains. In stark contrast Crossrail trains will have no lavatories. We think this is unacceptable on trains running between Berkshire and Kent or Essex. If North - South trains can have toilets why not East - West trains? The accessible toilet takees up the space of six passengers which is a negligible reduction.
[20160815]

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 172, December 2016 (PDF)

Newsletter Archive

Latest Railfuture Newsletter

No. 91, December 2016.

Older News

EVENTS

Monday 27th February at 19:30. RCTS Windsor and Maidenhead Branch - “Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway” a presentation by Roger Fagg. Cox Green Community Centre.

Thursday 16th March at 20:00. Marlow and District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre - Brian Stephenson presents “The Fascination of Old Photographs”.

Friday 31st March at 19:45. MMPA AGM at Bourne End Community Centre (map) with updates from GWR, Chiltern and, we hope, Network Rail and Elizabeth Line (Crossrail).

Saturday 22nd April at 10:30. Railfuture Thames Valley Branch AGM, at The Hub, High Wycombe HP11 1NJ.

Weekend 22nd - 23rd April 2017 from 11:00. London Transport Museum Depot open weekend. Near Acton Town station.

Sunday 21st May 2017. Summer timetable begins. End of through services between Bourne End and Paddington. Start of electric services to Maidenhead, subject to overhead line equipment being commissioned in time.

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.
[20160611]

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