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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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Arriva Route 37 - New Timetable starts 4th September

Also route 35 from Bourne End to High Wycombe.

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.

GWR Confirms Order for New Trains

Following on from our previous report (25/5) GWR has confirmed that it has signed an order with Bombardier Transportation and leasing company Porterbrook for 37 Class 387 Electrostars for the electrified London - Thames Valley services. These are additional to the eight units previously ordered. The company will not now be receiving any Class 365 Networkers. Also the “nearly new” Class 387s will be retained by GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) for use on fast services to Cambridge and Kings Lynn.

The new units will all comprise four cars and will form trains of 4, 8 and 12 cars, the last of which will provide 97 more seats than the longest existing turbo formations. GWR expects to start running the new trains between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington on September 5th. This section is already electrfied for Heathrow services.

You can read GWR’s Press Release here.

Banbury and Oxford Summer Blockade

All lines through Banbury will be closed for track and signalling renewals from 30th July to 7th August inclusive. A replacement bus service will operate between Bicester North and Leamington Spa.

The line between Didcot Parkway and Banbury will be closed from 30th July for two weeks. Diversions and replacement bus services will operate.

Severn Tunnel Blockade

The Severn Tunnel is scheduled to be closed from 12th September to 21st October for electrification. This will necessitate some cancellations and slower journeys to South Wales via Gloucester.

Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?

Read this article from the Bucks Free Press.

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.

Crossed Legs on Crossrail

A member has had a reply from Crossrail to his complaint about the lack of toilets on Crossrail. They are now saying that toilets will only be available on 80% of stations - previously it was all stations. Even then we doubt that toilets will be provided on all Crossrail platforms. Crossrail have admitted that they are providing a "metro style" service all the way from Berkshire to Essex and Kent, when what we need is an R.E.R. (regional express network) style service.

RAIB Investigating Incident at Twyford

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is investigating an incident in which an occupied wheelchair came into multiple contacts with a passing freight train at Twyford station on 7th April 2016. More information can be found here.

Two Trains per Hour Off-peak?

Great Western Railway 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 from Thames Valley Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership plus funding from local government, Network Rail and DfT.

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