Medway Valley Line

 The Medway Valley Line runs from Strood in north Kent down to Tonbridge in the Weald of Kent. It connects at each end with the main rail network, each junction offering onward journeys to London and the Kent Coast. Good connections are provided at Strood to and from High Speed services to Ebbsfleet, Stratford International and St Pancras International.

Maidstone  sits almost centrally along the line and to the north the line is mainly urban and industrial in nature. To the south it is predominantly rural, closely following the course of the River Medway as far as Yalding, where it then moves away from the river until you reach Tonbridge. The line retains a heritage feel about it, with many of the original station buildings (now listed) remaining in situ, along with traditional signal boxes and manual crossing gates. Apart from Maidstone West, all intermediate stations are unstaffed. Many stations have access to the Medway Valley walk which runs along the riverbank from Strood to Tonbridge.

Off peak on weekdays and all day Saturdays, an hourly service operates from Maidstone West to Tonbridge and a half hourly service from Maidstone West to Strood. On Sunday an hourly service throughout applies. Click here for the current timetable. High Speed services to and from St Pancras also serve Maidstone West and Snodland stations during morning and evening peak hours on Mondays to Fridays.

 

Kent Commununity Rail Partnership

Since the Medway Valley Line was established in 2005 the Partnership has been succesful in raising the profile of the line, both with the public, but also with the rail industry. Many improvements have been made to stations with new seating, better shelters and improved customer information systems.

Timetables and leaflets are now available from shops, post offices and libraries in communities served by the line. Community noticeboards have been installed at all stations.

 

For more information about the Medway Valley Line Community Rail Partnership, please contact Louise Skipton-Carter on 07768 035840.