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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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Until 20 May 2017

Chiltern Railway
London to Greenford, Heathrow Airport and Reading (Local services)
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London Paddington to Maidenhead and Marlow
Twyford to Henley-on-Thames

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December 2016

Table 115 Chiltern Mainline
Table 116 London-Bedwyn,

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

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

Marlow Service Improvement

Following the demise of the last through services from Bourne End to London, GWR will be running an additional morning service to/from Marlow in the May timetable. The branch service will provisionally operate roughly as at present up to the 0815 departure from Marlow and 0826 from Bourne End. The next departure will be 0845 from Marlow, 0856 from Bourne End. The Marlow shuttle will return to Maidenhead at 0906 after which the hourly service will operate. From Maidenhead there will be a service at around 0841 to Bourne End with a connection to Marlow instead of the 0902 service to Bourne End only. Thereafter departures will be hourly at around xx38. The evening and weekend services will be more or less as now.

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.

New Portable Ticket Machines

We understand that new protable ticket machines will be introduced on the branch by the end of May, replacing the troublesome Avantix Mobile machines. Guards are currently undergoing training. The long-promised new Fujitsu machines will be able to accept NFC (“contactless”) smartcard and mobile phone (Apple Pay etc) transactions. The launch was delayed by negotiations with the banks over the problem of validating transactions in places where the mobile data signal is lost but these machines have been rolled out in other areas.

Electrification - We’re Live

The overhead line between Stockley and Maidenhead was successfully energised at the third attempt on Sunday 26th March. This will allow testing and driver training with the new Class 387 trains to go ahead. All being well Great Western plans to commence electric services between Paddington and Maidenhead at the May timetable change. The remaining stretch from Maidenhead to Tilehurst should be completed in time for electric services to run through to Didcot Parkway in January. GWR hass not yet finalised service details from December as plans have had to be changed following the Hendy cutbacks.

GWR has confirmed that from July it will operate four trains per hour off-peak serving Reading, Twyford and Maidenhead when off-peak electric services to Maidenhead begin.

RBWM to Tender Bus Routes after Courteney Pulls Out

Courtney Buses is abandoning loss-making routes 8 and 16/A at the end of April, citing the Council’s reduction in subsidy to cover free bus passes. The Royal Borough’s bus champion, Cllr Hari Sharma (Con., Furze Platt) has said that the Borough is in the process of putting the routes out to tender and might have to pay more.

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.

Chiltern Axes Timetables and Trollies

Chiltern Railways have announced that the May 2017 printed timetable will be their last. After that information will only be available online or from notices at stations. MMPA has argued that this unfairly penalises passengers who do not have internet access, and would like to see the timetables continued.

We also understand that Chiltern is withdrawing catering trollies from all sevices. Passengers using the business class coaches will get a cold drink and biscuit left on the table. These retrograde measures are being introduced by Arriva to cut costs, and sadly the spirit of Chiltern is rapidly being eroded.

From mid-May APCOA is taking over the management of all Chiltern Railways car parks which will be equipped with automatic number plate recognition. If no payment is made within a certain time a penalty notice will be sent to the registered keeper.

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.

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.

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 autumn.

Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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


Sunday 7th May - London Underground D78 Stock Farewell Tour. SOLD OUT

Thursday 18th May at 20:00. Marlow and District Railway Society - Norman Topsom MBE. Bourne End Community Centre.

Friday 19th May - last day in service for the Chiltern Class 121 “bubble cars”.

Sunday 21st May 2017 - Summer timetable begins. No more through services between Bourne End and Paddington. Possible start of electric services between Maidenhead and Paddington.

Monday 22nd May at 19:30. RCTS Windsor and Maidenhead Branch - “Windsor and Maidenhead On Tour - The First Ten Years”.

July - start of electric off-peak services between Paddington and Maidenhead.

Saturday 2nd September - Old Oak Common Depot Open Day

January 2018 - planned start for electric services from Paddington to Didcot Parkway.

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 173, March 2017 (PDF)

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