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The Marlow - Maidenhead Passengers' Association is the action group for all public transport users - 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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Chiltern Timetable Changes from 13 Dec.

Chiltern Railways have published details of their timetable changes from December. You can view a list of changes and download the timetables from this page.

Maidenhead Drop-In Session - 1st December

Network Rail’s Community Relations team for Crossrail will be holding a drop-in information session at Maidenhead station on Tuesday 1st December from 15:30 to 19:30 hrs. The event will give you a chance to ask the teams involved any questions you have about the work they will be doing over Christmas and about the wider Crossrail programme. If you are unable to attend you can call the 24-hour helpline on 03457 114141 or contact them by e-mail.

Maidenhead Works Oct-Dec 2015

Network Rail has advised us that they will be continuing work to replace the canopies over platforms 2/3 and 4/5 at Maidenhead between October and December 2015. These works will take place mostly at night and during weekend posessions.

Works: 14-21 November

Network Rail will be relaying 100m of track opposite Ludlow Road, west of Maidenhead, but on the North side of the railway. This involves excavation and tamping which can be noisy and which will have to be done overnight. Local residents will have been advised.

Also between 23:00 11th November and 06:00 12th November, and possibly the following night, Network Rail will be installing piled foundations between Taplow and Maidenhead.

Electrification Update

At the recent RCTS talk on the Great Western Route Modernisation, Tom Pierpoint, GWR’s “sponsor” for the Thames Valley section said that GWR was still expecting to run electric services on the Windsor & Eton Central and Henley-on-Thames branches. Electrification of the Marlow branch and the Reading to Basingstoke line was not going ahead at present.

Update: At a recent meeting arranged by RBWM with Theresa May MP, GWR, Network Rail, user groups and other stakeholders Network Rail said that electrification of all three branches was still scheduled, but GWR MD Mark Hopwood said it was not going to happen during the current GWR franchise which runs to 2019. We await publication of the Hendy Report to learn how the various electrification projects will be rescheduled.


18th November: Railfuture Thames Valley, New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading, 7pm - Tom Pierpoint, Regional Development Manager, Great Western Railway

19th November: Marlow & District Railway Society, Bourne End Community Centre, 8pm - Tom Painter, Business development Manager, Chiltern Railways.

23rd November: RCTS, Cox Green Community Centre, 7:30pm - Gordon Pettitt “Regional Railways”.

1st December: Network Rail/Crossrail drop-in session, Maidenhead Station, 15:30 - 19:30 (see left)

Chiltern Boxing Day Service

Chiltern Railways will be running a modified service between Marylebone and Oxford Parkway calling at principal stations.

GWR Christmas and New Year Services

Great Western has published details of its Christmas services, or lack thereof.

As usual there will be no trains on Christmas day or Boxing Day. Services will run down early on Christmas Eve.

The Marlow branch will be closed from 27th December to 3rd January inclusive. Replacement buses will operate. On 27th and 28th December no trains will run between Slough and Paddington. Buses will operate between Maidenhead and High Wycombe for connection into Chiltern services.

Trains will not call at Taplow on some days. Buses will operate between Slough and Maidenhead calling at Burnham and Taplow.

Full details can be found here.

Two Trains per Hour Off-peak?

First Great Western 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.

A service interval improvement from 40 to 30 minutes is being considered for Henley, but at the cost of reducing the service from Wargrave to hourly. This is subject to consultation.

Update: We now understand that funding has been agreed. Scheduling the work will be subject to the Hendy Review which we expect to be presented to the government later this month.

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