|MARLOW - MAIDENHEAD PASSENGERS’ ASSOCIATION
TWYFORD – TAPLOW / HIGH WYCOMBE
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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.
Chiltern Railways 21 May to 09 December 2023
Main Line Timetable (HTML)
Chiltern Railways 10 December 2023 to 01 June 2024 (HTML)
Changes to train times (HTML)
Great Western Railway 21 May to 09 December 2023:
Great Western Railway 10 December 2023 to 01 June 2024:
N.B. The Elizabeth Line timetable does not show Great Western or Greater Anglia trains.
Cookham Bridge Diversion
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
LARGE PRINT Timetables
Disruption this Weekend 25/26 Nov
HS2 works at Old Oak Common plus mobile phone improvementsd on the Elizabeth Line (EL) are likely to cause travel chaos this weekend, 25th and 26th November. On Sunday 26th there will be:
On both days:
Maidenhead Works Under Way
On Monday 6 November Network Rail began work to remove the lift to platforms 2 and 3 as it has reached the end of its working life. Contractors will be installing a new lift to both platforms in a new location, which allows a new staircase to be built that will reducing queuing and ease congestion on the platforms at peak times. The work is due to be completed in Autumn 2024 and during this period there will be no step-free access to platforms 2 and 3. Step-free access will still be available to Platforms 1, 4 and 5.
This will impact passengers travelling west from Maidenhead or those trying to alight at Maidenhead coming from the London direction. GWR will have additional staff available at the station to offer support for the duration of the work, for example with luggage or just a helping hand, and they’ve also set out the travel advice for customers whocannot use the steps below.
Information systems will be updated to reflect the lack of step-free access to the two platforms, and our Passenger Assist scheme is also on hand and will help put alternative arrangements in place for customers who are unable to use stairs. Assistance can be booked up to 2 hours before travel and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can be booked online at Passenger-Assist or by calling 0800 197 1329.
GWR will also be making customers aware through the media, and through at station posters, banners, on board and station announcement, and holding a Meet the Project Team session at Maidenhead from 1600-1830 on Monday 6 November with colleagues from Network Rail, GWR and contractors Morgan Sindall.
You can see the media release
Update: We notice that some down trains (towards Reading) are stopping
at Platform 4 at Maidenhead which remains accessible, and it also provides a
cross-platform interchange with the Marlow branch.
DfT Bins Ticket Office Closure Plan
The Department for Transport, through the Rail Development Group, has asked train
operators to withdraw their plans to close all ticket office windows. Three quarters of a
million people responded to the consultation which was run by
Focus and London Travelwatch on behalf of
the DfT. The two organisations unanimously rejected the operators’ proposals.
Day Travelcard Reprieved
Common sence prevails! The Mayor of London has reached a deal to reprieve the Day
Travelcard which is particularly useful to customers living outside Greater London or who
use Railcards. The cost will be a one-off 3% increase in the price from 2024. We anticipate
that the increase will then be subject to the normal fare increases from 2025.
The committee has been in contact with Bucks County Council about the parking situation
at Taplow station. Following the article this week in Maidenhead Advertiser, it seems
the political scene has changed and that no Green Belt land will be developed
(e.g South Beaconsfield). The plan to install yellow lines and paid parking
areas in Station Road and Approach Road is likely now to go ahead though there
is no timescale at present for implementation.
Battery Train Trial
GWR has aquired the Class 230 VivaRail units (230003/4/5) previously operated by
West Midlands on the Marston Vale line (Bedford-Bletchley). They are now at Reading
Traincare Depot along with 230001 which is earmarked for the Greenford trial.
If succesful we hope to see this train in operation by December. The Marston Vale units
would be converted from diesel-electric to battery-electric if deployed. GWR MD Mark Hopwood
was reported as saying “There's no place for Ford Transit engines on the Great
Deutsche Bahn is selling it's Arriva Group (which includes Chiltern Railways) to I Squared Capital.
Regulated rail fares in England to rise by up to 9% in March 2024.
Kentish Town Underground station closed until Summer 2024 for escalator renewal.
£2 bus fare to be extended (again) until 31 December 2024.
PlusBus from Bourne End
Passengers travelling to High Wycombe can book to Bourne End with the PlusBus add-on which gives unlimited bus travel on participating operators’ services including Arriva and Carousel around the High Wycombe urban area (PDF). The cost per day is £3.60 for adults or £2.40 with a railcard. A child ticket is £1.80.
For season tickets and further information please see the PlusBus web site.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Please contact the organisation concerned for membership or if you wish to join the meeting as a guest.
Marlow and District Railway Society - third Thursday.
Railway Correspondence and Travel Society - 4th Monday except July/August.
10th December 2023 - new timetables begin.
Battery Trains for the Branch?
GWR Report to the AGM 2018
Intercity Express - First Impressions
Electrifying the Branch -
A personal view (html) by Richard Porter.
Could High Wycombe Line Be Reopened?
Read this article
from the Bucks Free Press.
Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018
Rail Business Daily (sign up)
Railfuture (all PDF)
Railwatch No. 176 June 2023
Community Rail Network
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