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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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New Timetable Starts Sunday 11 December

The good news is that there will be an extra weekday peak journey from Maidenhead (2018) to Bourne End and return, with connection to Marlow. The bad news is that some former through journeys to/from Paddington will involve a change of train at Maidenhead (see below).

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.

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.”

Chiltern to Oxford Opening

Chiltern services to Oxford via Oxford Parkway will officially commence on Monday 12th December. However trains will be running through to Oxford on Sunday 11th to shake out any problems. The first scheduled departure from Oxford is at 07:43 and the first train from High Wycombe to Oxford is at 08:08 on the 11th.

Beware: we've been alerted to the fact that peak fares from High Wycombe to Oxford are significantly higher than those to Oxford Parkway so it may be advantageous to split your ticket. The full anytime day return fare from High Wycombe to Oxford is £30.10 but the fare to Oxford Parkway is £17.20 and from Oxford Parkway to Oxford is £2.80, saving you £10.10.

Update: Chiltern have responded saying the high anytime fare is calculated via Banbury even if you select a train via Oxford Parkway. This is being corrected. We trust that booking offices will be aware of the problem but be on your guard if you are buying a ticket online or at a ticket vending machine.

GWR Christmas Travel Arrangements

Full details are on GWR’s website but the key thing to note is that London Paddington will be closed to all rail services from Saturday 24 December to Thursday 29 December.

This will mean GWR rail services starting and finishing at Ealing Broadway, where customers can make a connection to the underground, or scheduled bus services for travel into London.

In addition, no trains will call at Acton Main Line and Hanwell from 24 December to 1 January or the Greenford branch from 24 December to 2 January. Tickets will be valid on scheduled London Bus or Underground services.

There will be a District Line shuttle service between Ealing Broadway and Acton Town, where you can change onto the Piccadilly Line. There will be no District Line service between Acton Town and Gloucester Road. The Central Line will be operating normally.

Bicycles other than folding ones will not be conveyed to or from Ealing Broadway.

The Marlow line will close from 24 December to 2 January, and no trains will call at Burnham or Taplow. GWR will provide replacement bus services for Burnham, Taplow (from Slough) and the branch line.

Ticket restrictions will be lifted over the period of disruption (i.e. off-peak fares valid all day).

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

Through Trains Curtailed in January

The number of through trains between Bourne End and London Paddington will be reduced to one each way in January: 0828 from Bourne End and 1642 from Paddington. The 1742 and 1842 from Paddington will still run as far as Maidenhead and should provide a cross-platform interchange with the branch train. The 0727 from Bourne End will connect with the 0741 from Maidenhad to Paddington.

This is because of the track changes being made over Christmas which mean no access to the branch from platform 4 at Maidenhead. Although platform 5 will be accessible from the up relief line, and therefore swapping trains over would be possible, the scope for causing delays on the relief lines should a branch train be late rules this out.

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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.

Parking Charges Going Up

We have been advised that car park charges will be increased when the new timetable comes in on 12th December.

The possibility of car park charges at Cookham is under discussion. This is because of concerns that commuters driving from South Bucks to Cookham instead of Bourne End because of the free parking are taking up a lot of the spaces. This makes it difficult for residents in the Cookhams and it adds to traffic congestion in the area. It had not been clear whether the land to the west of Cookham station is railway property but this has now been verified, so it is probable that car parking charges will be introduced in December. MMPA is not taking sides on this issue.

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.

Electrics to Maidenhead in 2017

GWR is planning to introduce an electric service between Maidenhead and Paddington from the timetable change in May next year, subject to the overhead line equipment being commissioned by then. This will no doubt put paid to the surviving through trains but electric trains terminating at Maidenhead will use platform 4 when possible.

Update: the current completion date for the project is June 2017 but Network Rail is trying to get the testing done in time for the timetable change on 21st May.

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.

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. We note that catenary at Taplow has been strung below the old footbridge which suggests that the clearances are adequate.

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.


Monday 28th November, 19:30. Railway Correspondence & Travel Society, Cox Green Community Centre. Robert Warburton “Signals, Stations and Structures”

Wednesday 30th November, 18:00 for 18:30. IET Railway Annual Lecture & Dinner. Speaker: Adrian Shooter. IET London, 2 Savoy Place. Details here (The lecture is free).

Sunday 11th December. Winter/Spring timetable starts. Chiltern reaches Oxford (see above).

Friday 16th December, 16:00 - 19:00. Crossrail Drop-in Session on Christmas engineering work, Maidenhead Station.

Saturday 24th December to Monday 2nd January. Major engineering works (see above). Replacement buses between Maidenhead and Marlow, and between Taplow and Slough.

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?

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