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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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Chiltern Railways until 08 December 2018

Great Western Railway until 31 December 2018:
T8 Reading & Didcot Parkway to Oxford and Banbury
T10 London to Greenford, Heathrow, Reading and Didcot Parkway (local trains)
T12 Maidenhead - Marlow

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Marlow Branch

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
IET 800008 at Paddington 15.10.2017
Intercity Express units 800 008 and 009 prepare for the launch into public service with the 07:00 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads on Monday 16th October. On the right 57604 “Pendennis Castle” is about to leave with the empty “Night Riviera” stock. (R. Porter)

Ealing Dewirement - Wed 17 October

GWR was unable to run trains between London Paddington and Reading on the morning of 17th October following damage to the overhead electric wires near Hanwell by brand new Clas 802 train, 802016 on a commissioning run operated by Hitachi Rail Europe on Tuesday evening. It brought down the wires over all four running lines for a distance of 500m.

Network Rail have worked through the night, but needed more time to safely repair and recommission the overhead wires. They were expecting to be able to re-open two of the four lines into Paddington around midday, but disruption will continue throughout the day.

GWR is operating a reduced long distance service and there will be no local services between Reading and Paddington until lines re-open. They are advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary and to check carefully before setting out. For those who do need to travel GWR has arranged for itd tickets to be accepted on London Waterloo services (change at Reading) or services to London Marylebone and its tickets are valid on South Western Railway, Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains, West Midlands Railway and Transport for Wales services. Customers between Reading and London can also use TfL underground and bus services.

GWR is working with Network Rail and Hitachi to understand what happened and will do all it can to get the lines opened as quickly as possible. Thanks to Mark Hopwood and Mike Walker for the update. Please follow @GWRHelp on twitter for the latest news.
[20181017]

Update: Network Rail have repaired much of the damage and GWR was operating almost a full service this morning.  There are still some restrictions on the all electric fleet (one track is diesel only), and this could mean some changes for London and Thames Valley local services this afternoon as Network Rail work to complete the repair.

Long distance services into London Paddington from Wales, Bristol, the Cotswolds and the South West should not be affected.  GWR will keep its website up to date with any new developments.

Mark Hopwood adds “I would like to thank those of you who helped to spread the message yesterday.  It was a very difficult day for our customers who were incredibly understanding and supportive of our staff as they worked to get everyone to their destinations. Hitachi and Network Rail continue to investigate the root cause of the incident and we wait to hear their findings.
[20181018]

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 £25.70 but a ticket from Bourne End to Slough (£6.80) plus a ticket from Slough to Paddington (£16.60) saves you £2.30. With an anytime travelcard you would save £3.40 (Jan 2018 fares).

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 come back may save you money.
[20171230]

Christmas Engineering Work

Details are scarce at the moment but no trains will run between Slough and Paddington on Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th and Sunday 30th December. Replacement buses and alternative routes will be available. Watch Planned Engineering.
[20180912]

Crossrail Delayed

The Government has just let slip out, on the last Friday of the month and during the Parliamentary recess, that the opening of the Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) core and through running to Abbey Wood have been put back by up to a year.

GWR MD, Mark Hopwood told us “This is disappointing, but we understand the need for TfL and Network Rail to have everything working well before opening. The delay to this section will not affect GWR services to and from Paddington.

“There has been no announcement on the Reading to Paddington section of Crossrail which is due to open in December 2019 but clearly that is now at risk. We will keep you informed if there are any changes to this.”

The press release can be found here.

For more background information read this article in London Reconnections.
[20180831]

December Timetable Change Binned

GWR along with seven other operators (including SWR and Cross Country) has decided to cancel the planned timetable update in December. This is in response to the chaos caused by the May update which particularly affected Northern and Govia-Thameslink services. GWR will continue to operate the current timetable from 1st January 2019. Chiltern is not included at this point in time.
[20180710]

Update: Please see this letter from Mark Hopwood. There will be some timetable changes in January because of infrastructure changes over the Christmas period. In particular the HST depots at Old Oak Common and Laira will close. The introduction of Intercity Express Trains will continue as planned.
[20180712]

Bourne End Latest

The latest news is that GWR put forward three options to Network Rail, all of which NR rejected. After further discussions GWR and NR alighted on a fourth scheme, known as “3b” which involves opening out the curve from the Marlow branch so that it connects into the up platform line (platform 2). Where the diverted line crosses the line from Cookham into the down platform (1) there would be a single slip from the Marlow branch towards the down platform (1).

We acknowledge that GWR is working very hard to get this project through. Had the original tracks not been lifted they would probably be quite satisfactory as they were.
[20180831]

Government Responds to Franchise Consultation

The Department for Transport has published its response to the consultation on the Great Western Franchise held earlier this year. The document can be downloaded from this page. As previously announced the franchise is not going to be split up.
[20180829]


Older News

Bourne End in 1947

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

EVENTS

Thursday 18th October 19:30 Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre.

Monday 22nd October 19:30 - RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre

Saturday 3rd November - WYCRAIL 2018 model railway exhibition. Cressex Community School, Cressex Road, High Wycombe HP12 4UD. 10:00 to 17:00. Free Bus from High Wycombe station hourly from 10:00, returning at xx:30 until 17:30. High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society.

Saturday 10th November - Railfuture Autumn Conference, Novotel Reading.

Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th December - no trains between Slough and Paddington.

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December - no GWR services.

Wednesday 26th December - Chiltern service Marylebone - High Wycombe - Bicester Village - Oxford service (tbc).

Sunday 30th December - no trains between Slough and Paddington.

Saturday 5th January 10:00 - 17:00 - Maidenhead Model Railway Exhibition, Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane. Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club

ARTICLES

Battery Trains for the Branch?

We get a ride on Viva Rail’s Class 230.

GWR Report to the AGM 2018

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Intercity Express - First Impressions

IET Launch, 16th October 2017

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.
[20160611]

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 179, September 2018 (PDF)

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