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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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Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
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Forlease Road Closure

Crossrail have informed us that Forlease Road, Maidenhead, will be closed on Sunday 16th October between 08:00 and 18:00 hrs where it passes under the railway. This is to allow contractors to remove vegitation to make room for the installation of overhead line equipment. A diversion via Bridge road and Oldfield Road will be signposted.

Christmas Travel Arrangements

National Rail Enquiries have published details of Christmas and New Year services. They can be found here for GWR and Chiltern Railways.

GWR Electrostar Launch

GWR launched its new Class 387 Electrostar train at Paddington on Friday 2nd September. An eight-car formation was stationned at platform 8 and was available for customers to look over.

See our photos here.

Revised GWR Timetable from 12th September

GWR has issued a revised version of the E1 timetable booklet (Paddington to Reading and branches, local services) which started on 12th September. This shows the new Class 387 Electrostar service between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington. We are sending copies to members who have requested printed timetables.

A revised timetable for West of England services via Castle Cary is available to download.

Electrics to Maidenhead in 2017

GWR is planning to introduce an electric service between Maidenhead and Paddington next year. This could be from the May timetable change but is obviously subject to the overhead line equipment being commissioned by then.

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.

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 fund 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.

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

Taplow Stopping Position

We are pressing GWR and Network Rail to move the stopping positions for short trains (2/3 car) at Taplow. At present down trains stop at the country end of platform 3 but the temporary bridge they must use is at the London end. In the up direction short trains stop unnecessarily at the country end of platform 4.

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.

RAIB Issues Report on Paddington Derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has issued an independent report (HTML) on the SPAD and consequent derailment at Paddington on 16th June 2016.

Severn Tunnel Blockade

The Severn Tunnel is now closed until 21st October for the installation of overhead conductor rails. This will necessitate some cancellations and slower if more scenic journeys to South Wales via Gloucester.

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.

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