|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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 Association’s Constitution may be viewed here.
Scan the QR codes below for mobile timetable downloads,
Live Station Departure Boards
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
Download Network Rail
Table 115 Chiltern Mainline
Table 116 London-Bedwyn,
Table 117 London-Reading
Table 120 Marlow Branch
Table 121 Henley Branch
Cookham Festival WW1 Exhibition
Come along to the Cookham Festival WW1 exhibition in Cookham station, courtesy of First Great Western. It's open every day from 10:30 to 16:00 until Sunday 17th May and during booking office opening times. The exhibition tells the story of the many Cookham men who died in the First World War, along with stories and pictures of the Cookham of that time and its involvement in the war. Visit Cookham Festival web site.
“FGW to almost double some fares” after Election.
According to Railfuture’s newsletter train companies are planning fare rises of up to 87% on 17th May, just after the election.
Apparently David Cameron has asked FGW to reconsider its decision to almost double some fares on the Cotswold line which, guess what,
runs through his constituency.
Extra Through Train from Paddington to Bourne End
First Great Western is introducing an additional through train from Paddington to Bourne End at 16:32 Monday-Friday from the May 2015 timetable change. [20141223, 20150414]
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. This is awaiting conformation.
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.
Piling and erection work continues along the line, mostly at night and over weekends when the Relief lines can be closed. Local residents
will have been warned about possible disruption and replacement bus services for Burnham and Taplow at these times.
MMPA Thanks Susan Morrison
The MMPA Committee presented outgoing chairperson, Susan Morrison, with an engraved silver plate to thank her for her sterling work on behalf of the Association and rail travellers in our area. MMPA Treasurer John Marsh presented the plate (below).
FGW May Timetables Now Available
The May 2015 range of First Great Western timetables is now available to view and download from the FGW web site. Printed copies will be delivered to stations by Friday 17 April.
A combined volume will be available in around two weeks’ time. This will have a price of £5 again, but will only cover
the period until September when we will be issuing a free supplement to it.
Chiltern Line to Oxford to open on 26th October
Chiltern Railways has announced that its service between Oxford Parkway (at Water Eaton) and Marylebone via Bicester Village and High Wycombe will
commence on Monday 26th October (See BBC News story). The service will be extended
to Oxford station later, but in the mean time buses will operate from the Park & Ride area adjacent to Parkway station.
Marlow Electrification shelved for CP5
Although electrification of the Windsor and Henley branches is to go ahead, the Marlow branch will not now be done in Control Period 5 (to 2019) despite the fact that it was added to the Government’s High Level Output Specification for CP5. Network Rail is citing technical difficulties as the reason although they could quite easily electrify a simple branch line if they wanted to. One or two bridges may need clearance work but this can often be done by lowering the trackbed. There are no footbridges at stations to worry about.
The main difficulty for the operator is that non-standard three car trains with 20m coaches will be needed because of the limited distance between the buffer stops at Bourne End and the junction for Marlow. Such trains are in use elsewhere e.g. class 319, 320 and 334 in Scotland, not to mention class 313/4/5 which are getting a bit long in the tooth. There are no 2-car 25kV overhead electric trains.
It should be noted that Reading Traincare Depot already maintains two very non-standard prototype Class 150 units (150001/2) which are used on the Basingstoke service, so having a small dedicated electric fleet for the Great Marlow Line should not be a problem.
If funding is achieved for the infrastructure changes at Bourne End (see left) then it makes sense to do these before electrifying the line. However we shall be pressing parliamentary and local election candidates to make sure that electrification is included in CP6.
We asked Maidenhead MP Theresa May why her government allowed First Group to negotiate Maidenhead - Marlow electrification out of the new
Great Western franchise. So far we have not heard a dicky bird from her.
We have now received an acknowledgement from Theresa may's office. It kicks the can down the road until after the election.
Western Rail Access to Heathrow
Network Rail has been holding information sessions to explain its plans for a rail link to Heathrow from the west and would welcome any feedback
More information can be found here.
Thames Branches Day Ranger Tickets
These tickets permit travel between Paddington, Tilehurst, Reading West and Winnersh Triangle incuding the branch lines but not into Heathrow Airport.
They are valid at any time on weekends, and after 09:30 weekdays except on High Speed services leaving Paddington between 16:00 and 19:15.
Prices are £19 for adults, £9.50 for children and £12.50 for railcard holders. 3- and 7-day Thames Rover tickets are also available.
Last updated 19th May, 2015
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