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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.

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 Timetables started December 14th

The branch timetable is basically the same but some trains have been retimed by one or two minutes.

  • Mon-Fri - no changes except the last train from Maidenhead departs at 2351 and runs 2 minutes later throughout.
  • Sat - some trains retimed by up to 2 minutes.
  • Sun - last two trains retimed.

The 2318 Paddington-Oxford will call additionally at Twyford.

Christmas and New Year

First Great Western

See FGW’s web site (javascript required) for full details. We have summarised the Thames Valley and Marlow local services here.

There will be no services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Services will wind down early on Christmas eve. There will be an all-night service from London Paddington to Reading on January 1st for new year revellers.

The Marlow branch will be closed for engineering work on 28th December and from 31st December to 2nd January. A replacement bus service will operate.

Download this notice (PDF) from First Great Western outlining Christmas and New Year engineering works, service alterations and replacement bus services.

Chiltern Railways

See Chiltern Railways’ Christmas and New Year travel information.

Chiltern will operate a service between Bicester North and Marylebone on Boxing Day calling at principal stations.

GWR Running-in Board at High Wycombe Restored

Chiltern Railways has had the original Great Western running-in board restored to its former glory with amended wording since the station is not currently the junction for Maidenhead and Marlow. The sign had been covered up first by a British Railways Western Region enamel sign and more recently by advertising posters. Many thanks to station manager Rob Munday for the initiative.

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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.

Temporary Canopies at Maidenhead

First Great Western’s promises in October that temporary canopies would be erected before work started on demolishing the old canopies came to nought. We took this up with FGW and were advised that the canopies will be put up within the next two weeks. We shall continue to monitor the situation.

Update: no visible progress had been made by 13th December.

Overnight Works 5 - 16 January 2015

Network Rail has notified us that it will be clearing vegitation along the Marlow line between 5th and 16th January. This will take place overnight and will involve flailing.

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 for the upgrade.

A service interval improvement from 45 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.

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