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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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Annual General Meeting 2017

7.45 p.m. Friday 31st March at Bourne End Community Centre (map)

Updates from Great Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Network Rail and Crossrail.
Plenty of time for questions and, we hope, answers. Non-members are welcome.

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Timetable Downloads (PDF)

11 December 2016 to 20 May 2017 unless stated.

Chiltern Railway
London to Greenford, Heathrow Airport and Reading (Local services) from 01 Jan 2017
London Paddington, Slough and Reading to Oxford (Fast services)
London Paddington to Maidenhead and Marlow
Twyford to Henley-on-Thames)

More timetable links on our Timetable Index.

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Compensation for Delays

For information see GWR’s web site or download the Delay Compensation Form (PDF).

For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.

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Timetables (PDF)
December 2016

Table 115 Chiltern Mainline
Table 116 London-Bedwyn,

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

Marlow Branch (HTML)
Maidenhead Connections

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

Electrification - Further Delays Possible

We have learnt that electric services to Maidenhead might not begin in May after all because the overhead line equipment may not be ready in time. GWR is still, publicly at least, aiming for the May timetable change. For Network Rail the planned date in the Hendy Report of the end of June.

Update: the overhead line equipment was energised on Sunday 26th March. This paves the way for testing and driver training with the new trains.

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.

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 know when the signal is off.

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.

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 description here.

Maidenhead Station Toilets

This is a subject that’s been causing a bit of a stink for some time and we've been trying to get to the bottom of it. Well now we have thanks to our contacts at GWR, and guess what, it's all down to piles. I mean the sort Network Rail (NR) has been banging into the ground to support the overhead line equipment (OLE).

“The platform 4/5 toilet drainage has recently suffered a blockage that closed the toilets for use by our customers. The blockage was eventually found to be OLE piling damage and NR is now planning to divert the drainage pipework. The drainage pipework was pumped out, blockage removed and the toilets re-opened for use. The toilets are currently open for use.

“NR’s OLE team is monitoring the situation and will pump out the drainage system whenever required, until the drainage pipe is successfully diverted.” So now you know.

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.

RBWM to Tender Bus Routes after Courteney Backs 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.

Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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


Friday 31st March at 19:45. MMPA AGM at Bourne End Community Centre (map) with updates from GWR, Chiltern, Crossrail and Network Rail. Questions and (we hope) answers follow.

Thursday 20th April at 20:00. Marlow and District Railway Society: “The History of the Pullman Car” presented by Phil Evans. Bourne End Community Centre.

Saturday 22nd April at 10:30. Railfuture Thames Valley Branch AGM, at The Hub, High Wycombe HP11 1NJ.

Weekend 22nd - 23rd April 2017 from 11:00. London Transport Museum Depot open weekend. Near Acton Town station.

Monday 24th April at 19:30. RCTS Windsor and Maidenhead Branch - “International Air Rail Organisation” a presentation by Andrew Sharp. Cox Green Community Centre.

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.

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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