Great Marlow Line 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.
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MMPA AGM 27 MARCH AT 19:45
Bourne End Community Centre

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Chiltern Railways until 16 May 2020

Great Western Railway until 16 May 2020:
T10 London Paddington to Reading and Didcot Parkway (stopping trains)
(Includes services to Greenford, Windsor & Eton Central, Marlow and Henley-on-Thames)
T12 Maidenhead to Marlow

GWR Planned Engineering

TFL-RAIL (MTR Elizabeth Line) Timetable until 16 May 2020
London Paddington to Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 & 4 and Reading (Local services).

Arriva Bus 35/36/37 Hign Wycombe - Bourne End - Maidenhead (PDF)

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Compensation for Delays

For information see GWR’s web site or download the Delay Compensation Form (PDF).

For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.


 
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until 16 May 2020
Engineering Summary

Service Disruptions
Journey Check 165134 crosses Cock Marsh
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
HST 43002 at Paddington 18.05.2019
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)

Overcrowding in the Morning Peak

Please let us have your feedback

We hear reports of “fewer fast trains in the morning peak”. In fact there is only one fewer train than before but it is a critical one which used to start at Twyford. The current 0802 departure from Maidenhead to Paddington starts from Didcot Parkway so is full by the time it gets to Maidenhead. We are trying to get the relief train reinstated.
[20200122]

Taplow’s “Fourth Bridge” Opens

Taplow footbridge

The new bridge and lifts at Taplow, the fourth bridge in about three years, were opened on Monday 16th December and are a big improvement. The temporary bridge is due to be removed in January and is now out of use.
[20191218]

Taplow footbridge

Fares Chaos Rules

We know that the Government and campaigning organisations want to simplify fares. These are some of the “simplifications” that came into effect on 15th December or 2nd January.

  • As already reported some GWR services from Paddington in the evening peak, including those which connect with the Marlow branch, are restricted to holders of anytime and season tickets. If you try to buy tickets online the journey planner will only offer you the restricted trains. The app and web site don't show the cheaper but slower trains.
  • The first weekday off-peak connection from the branch to Paddington is 0846 from Marlow and 0935 from Maidenhead. The online journey planner will not offer this journey.
  • From 2nd January NFC (“contactless”) travel is available at stations from Reading to Paddington excluding the branches. NFC tickets are valid on both TFL-RAIL and GWR services. They can't be used in conjunction with Railcards or child fares. Oyster tickets are not valid west of West Drayton. Journeys commenced before 0930 are charged at the peak fare.
  • On 2nd January regulated fares rose by an average of 2.7%. Also the 0916 and 0923 weekday departures for Paddington became peak fare.
  • GWR mobile phone e-tickets are not available to and from TfL managed stations (all those from Taplow to Acton Mainline except Slough).
  • Off-peak London Travelcards can’t be put onto GWR Touch cards because the gatelines can’t distinguish between peak and off-peak on Touch, although they can on card tickets.
  • Children aged 5 to 10 years travel free on TFL-RAIL with a Zip photocard but have to pay on GWR. Accompanied under 5s travel free with a fare-paying adult.
  • TfL Freedom Passes can be used on TFL-RAIL but not GWR. Time restrictions apply to 60+ Freedom Passes.

Take note that consumption of alcohol is banned on all TfL trains, trams and buses.
[20191202]

door close

In Cold Weather..

If you’re the last on or off a diesel unit, please close the train door. Save energy and keep the train warm, especially at terminal stations. The doors on Class 387 Electrostars will close automatically after a short interval if not being used. Class 345 Aventras (TFL-RAIL) do not have passenger operated door close buttons.


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

Monday 27th January 19:30 RCTS meets at Cox Green Community Centre. Geoff Plumb “1964”.

Thursday 20th February 19:30 - Marlow and District Railway Society meets at Bourne End Community Centre - AGM.

Friday 27th March 19:45 to 21:45 - MMPA Annual General Meeting at Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road (Map).

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.

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]

Maurice Oram 1935 - 2018

Some recollections of our late Honorary President from Mark Hopwood.

Latest MMPA Newsletter

Newsletter 182, December 2019 (PDF) (Archive)

Presentations from the 2019 AGM can be downloaded here.

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