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ReCYCLE is a Bicycle Recycling Programme run by Cycle Community CIC a Community Interest Company based in Ashford, Kent. They operate an outreach programme ReCYCLE Kent which enables them to share the benefits of their programme to communities across Kent. Pick up your Affordable Refurbished Bicycle at their next Bike Sale Event  

A packed train of 108 witches and wizards left Maidstone West Station on Friday 27th October for the ride of their life on the Medway Valley Ghost Train. Brave souls took part in face painting, balloon modelling and the really brave put their hand in goo to find the spider! This was all to support…

On Thursday 5 October, Swale Rail Community Rail Partnership, Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne and Kent Community Rail Partnership celebrated first place for ‘Ambulance Train’ event for best community engagement event at the National Community Rail Awards 2017 at Derby Roundhouse.   This was a hugely ambitious, extremely successful event involving 21 local Community Groups,…

On Thursday 5 October, Southeastern & partners celebrated second place for ‘Snodland Station’ event for most enhanced station buildings & surroundings at the National Community Rail Awards 2017 at Derby Roundhouse. Snodland Station is a grade 2 listed building built in 1856 and has been refurbished to cater for the growing number of passengers using…

A shortlist of three bidders has  been announced to compete to run the new South Eastern franchise, which is due to start in December 2018. They are: Abellio (joint venture between Abellio and the consortium of East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui) Govia Stagecoach Kent Community Rail Partnership have produced a “wish list” for the…

The trail is a free, family friendly, self-guided walk along ‘Watling Street’, an important Roman road, which runs through the historic heart of Sittingbourne. Many travellers have visited Sittingbourne over the centuries, including royalty. Today, many of the buildings that were used by them are still there, you just have to look up above the…

This new website will offer inspiration and information to help tourists and day-trippers plan visits to epic landscapes, coastal scenes, historic sites and picturesque areas by train, particularly via Britain’s wonderful ‘community rail’ routes.  

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Kent Community Rail Partnership has submitted its response to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation about the renewal of the Rail Franchise for the south east of England, which is due take place in December 2018.  You can download a copy of the document here.  If you would like to respond yourself to the consultation…

As part of the continuing Thameslink Programme work, Network Rail need to close Cannon Street at the end of August, resulting in major changes to services.  Other stations including London Bridge will also be affected. Please click here for further detail on Southeastern’s website.

We are holding a couple of public consultation meetings to enable us to prepare for the forthcoming South East England Rail Franchise renewal exercise. You are all very welcome to join us at either or indeed both of the meetings Timings are as follows: Medway Valley Line: Tuesday 7th June at 6:45pm to 8:15pm: Public…

Our Spring Newsletter is now available on the Medway Valley and SwaleRail Line pages for download.  It features pictures and articles about recent events details of our plans for the coming months.  You can also download it by clicking on the following link:  Spring 2016 Printed copies will be distributed to manned stations, libraries etc……

  The latest Great British Railway Journeys programme features Ashford to Sevenoaks and includes a visit to the Hitachi Javelin maintenance depot at Ashford.  You can watch it on BBC iPlayer at the following web address (or on your TV/smartphone etc…): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06z8ht0/great-british-railway-journeys-series-7-16-ashford-to-sevenoaks Unfortunately Mr Portillo misses out the 2 best destinations on the line, Paddock…

Tonbridge station is now officially part of the Medway Valley Line bringing the delights of the Rail Partnership to a whole new set of potential users and supporters at Kent’s busiest railway station!  Approval was granted by the Department for Transport who launched a formal consultation which generated a lot of positive support for the…