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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.
Timetable Downloads (PDF)
Great Western Railway until 16 May 2020:
(MTR Elizabeth Line) Timetable until 16 May 2020
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
until 16 May 2020
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
HST Finale - Power Car 43002 “Sir Kenneth Grange” is the last to leave Paddington on a scheduled service on Saturday 18th May 2019, propelling the 1830 to Exeter St. David’s. 43198 was leading. (R. Porter)
GWR and DfT Agree 3-Year Direct Award
FirstGroup and the Department for Transport (DfT) have signed a new Direct Award to continue operating GWR from 1 April 2020, when the current agreement comes to an end. This will run for three years, with the option for the government to add a further year and will run concurrently with the six months Emergency Measures Agreement now in place with the DfT.
See the press release.
Government Suspends Rail Franchises
The Department for Transport has suspended all rail operating franchises for six months. The train operators have been given management contracts
under which they are paid to operate the services while the Government takes the financial risk. This should have minimal effect on passengers and staff.
Services Scaled Back
All operators are reducing their services from Monday 23rd March if not earlier. Please see this message from Matthew Golton, GWR’s Interim Managing Director.
See also the Rail Delivery Group’s message here.
Update: The branch is now running a weekday service with planned cancellations so please check if you have to travel.
London Underground is runing a much reduced service with many stations closed. This has led to overcrowding in the Victoria Line
in the morning peak, despite pleas for non-essential workers not to travel.
Transport for London
TfL have announced that step-free access is now available at Hanwell, Langley, Iver and Taplow -
Lifts at Taplow were commissioned in December but there have been faults.
TfL has enhanced its cleaning régime in an effort to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Off-Peak Rules to be Updated
GWR is to align its off-peak fares rules with Transport for London’s. Within the TfL Rail area off-peak fares will be available for journeys
starting at or after 0930 on weekdays. Previously they were available for trains arriving at Paddington at or after 1000.
New Direct Award Imminent
Great Western Railway and the Department for Trasport are on the verge of agreeing terms for a new Direct Award franchise starting on 1st April.
The current direct award ends on 31st March. The only realistic alternative would be a takeover by the “Operator of Last Resort”
(i.e. the Government), which the present administration would be keen to avoid.
GWR has advised us that the line between Taunton and Castle Cary will be closed from 14th March to 3rd April for planned engineering work. Diversions and replacement coach services will operate. This will significantly increase journey times.
There will be an amended timetable to and from London Paddington. For more information please visit this page.
May 2020 Timetable
GWR has briefed stakeholders on the May timetable update. There is very little that affects Marlow branch and Maidenhead travellers, but
Twyford and Maidenhead station dwell times will be increased for two trains, 0650 and 0716 Didcot Parkway to Paddington (accepting reality).
We understand that there will be an additional fast service from Reading to Paddington on weekday evenings.
Furze Platt Parking
The Royal Borough is planning to introduce residents' parking charges in the next budget. This could affect the roads around Furze Platt station.
More details when we know.
Bourne End looking North-East in 1947. The bay platform for the “Marlow Donkey” is on the left.
Marlow and District Railway Society - meetings are suspended until further notice..
RCTS - meetings are suspended until further notice.
POSTPONED The Maidenhead to High Wycombe Railway
A talk on the line by John Gurney to mark the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the line to High Wycombe. This talk has been extremely well received when given to the Wycombe Society some years ago.
Saturday 6th June * - Knowll Hill Model Railway Exhibition, Knowl Hill Village Hall, 10:00-17:00. Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club.
* - these events will be reviewed nearer the time, but expect postponement.
Advance Notice: Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th November - planned track renewal between Marlow and Bourne End, excluding Bourne End station. More details nearer the time.
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
Latest MMPA Newsletter
Presentations from the 2019 AGM can be downloaded here.
Rail Technology Magazine
Latest Railfuture Publications
Association of Community Rail Partnerships
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