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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 16 May to 10 September 2021:
Changes to train times (HTML)
Great Western Railway 16 May to 11 December 2021:
More timetable links on our Timetable Index.
Compensation for Delays
For Chiltern Railways please see their Contact Us page.
15 May until 11 Dec 2021
Unit 165134 crosses Cock Marsh on 6.4.2013. Click photo to enlarge.
© 2013 R. Porter
Crossrail Trial Operations Begin
The final phase of the programme before the Elizabeth line opens for passenger services is now underway. Trial Operations involves operational exercises to ensure the safety and reliability of the railway for public use and to fully test the timetables. More than 150 scenarios will be carried out over the coming months to ensure the readiness of the railway for passenger service. These include exercises to make sure that all systems and procedures work effectively and staff can respond to any incidents, including customers being unwell or signal failures.
In the new year, a series of more complex exercises will include evacuations of trains and stations using thousands
of staff and volunteers. The final step will see a period of “shadow running”, operating timetabled services
ahead of the Elizabeth line opening. It will take several months to complete this final complicated phase.
Battery Trains a Step Nearer
Mark Hopwood confirmed at our AGM that GWR would be trialling a battery powered train with fast charging on the West Ealing
to Greenford line. This would appear to be a close fit with Viva Rail’s upcycled D78 District Line trains but other
manufacturers could be in the frame. Whatever is selected would eventually be deployed on the Thames Valley branches because
the Reading Traincare Depot doesn't want more than one new type to maintain.
Contactless Travel on the Branch
We are led to believe that a cashless ticket vending machine will be installed at Furze Platt, and that NFC ("contactless")
travel will be extended from Maidenhead to Marlow for journeys as far as Paddington and Reading. (DHYB)
Update: Mark Hopwood reported at our AGM that a ticket vending machine would be installed at Furze Platt. This would
be cashless and in view of the CCTV cameras, so should be less vulnerable to vandalism than previous attempts.
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.
New Service on Chiltern
Chiltern Railways has announced the introduction of an additional service at peak times. The service will run from High Wycombe to London Marylebone every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning starting on 9th Movember and running until the timetable change in December.
It will run non-stop leaving High Wycombe at 07:24 and arriving at Marylebone at 08:00. The introduction of this new service
is aimed at reducing the pressure on the 06:43 from Oxford which calls at High Wycombe at 07:30. In recent weeks this service has
become increasingly busy especially after calling at High Wycombe.
Five GWR Services to Transfer to TFL
From 12th December five more GWR services between Reading and Paddington will be transferred to TFL-RAIL. These are the 07:00 and 07:30 from Reading calling additionally at Burnham, West Drayton and Ealing Broadway, and the 17:27, 18:26 and 18:56 from Paddington calling additionally at Ealing Broadway and West Drayton. Journey times will increase by one to two minutes.
Note that TFL-RAIL trains have no toilets and mostly back-to-the-window seating. The changes anticipate the introduction of
Elizabeth Line services in 2022, although initially passengers for central London will still have to change at Paddington. The
earliest date for through running is now Autumn 2022 (and we know what Modern Railways’s Roger Ford thinks about
estimates based on seasons of the year!).
Face Covering Still Compulsory on TfL
Just a reminder that unless you are exempt you still need to wear face covering when travelling on all Transport for London
services which comprise Underground, Overground, DLR, Buses, Trams and TFL-RAIL. Whilst not compulsory in England, you are
advised to wear masks on other operators’ services, including GWR’s and Chiltern’s.
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.
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 - currently holding meetings on Zoom.
RCTS - currently holding meetings on Zoom.
Sunday 11th December - new timetables start.
Saturday 8th January - Knowll Hill Model Railway Exhibition Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club.
17th March 2022 - 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.
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
Rail Technology Magazine
Railfuture (all PDF)
Railwatch No. 168 July 2021
Community Rail Network
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