News

May 31, 2019

On Thursday 30th May, Kent CRP and a team of willing volunteers helped to carry out surveys at every train station along the Medway Valley Line. The surveys were to identify future project and ideas for station improvements. Thank you to all those who made this possible and Norman for driving the bus to enable…

May 23, 2019

A group of local residents are looking for additional volunteers to help them improve the station building at Queenborough. All you need to join the team is enthusiasm however, we’re also looking for the following skills: 1. Secretarial – taking notes at meetings 2. Bid writer 3. Project manager 4. Electrician 5. Plumber 6. Architectural…

May 21, 2019

On Wednesday 15th May, Kent CRP and an army of volunteers took part in the Community Rail in the City event. We successfully surveyed over 140 passengers, some of which took part in our Smoothie Bike Challenge. A big thank you to all our volunteers, representing Kent CRP, Sustrans and Network Rail for helping us…

April 24, 2019

Kent CRP May 2019 Newsletter is now available. We have added a newletter tab  where you will be able to view the latest newsletter as a webpage. You can also download a copy of the current newsletter and any previous editions.

March 4, 2019

Why not take a look at two brand new videos that have been produced to showcase some of the wonderful places you can do along both the Medway Valley Line and Swale Rail Line. Visit the Medway Valley Line and Swale Rail pages to view them.

March 4, 2019

On Tuesday 26th February, Kent CRP carried out travel training for a group of students from Bradfields. Students had the opportunity to catch the train from Chatham to Strood and then travel along the Medway Valley Line to Tonbridge. On an unusually beautiful sunny day in February, it was a great opportunity to have lunch…

January 7, 2019

Our 2019 January Newsletter is now available for you to download. Click here to view it. All our latest Annual Reports and Newsletters can be found on Our Partnership page.  

December 17, 2018

On Saturday 15th December, the 13:28 train from Maidstone West had some very famous visitors on board. Over 80 people boarded the train to meet Santa and his wife. There were plenty of activities to do throughout the two hour trip and a fantastic balloon modeller and face painter on board. Spiderman also made an…

November 30, 2018

On Thursday 29th November, commuters at Tonbridge Station were in for a pleasant surprise. As they boarded and alighted from the trains, they were greeted by 10 students from Five Acre Wood School, full of festive cheer and singing Christmas songs. The students also had the opportunity to see behind the scenes at Tonbridge Station…

November 13, 2018

Did you have chance to see the wonderful Sea Folk Sing Choir this weekend on your travels? If not or you would like to relive some of the moments again then please click here or on our newly created page that has just been added to our website.

November 12, 2018

On Sunday 11th November, to help commemorate the one hundreth anniversary of the end of World War One, Kent CRP organised a choir to sing on the Swail Rail Line from Sittingbourne to Sheerness on Sea. Never Again by Kent composer Emily Peasgood was sung by Sea Folk Sing, 30 local singers who formed a…

November 12, 2018

On Saturday 10th November, Strood Station hosted our first choir event of the weekend. Never Again by Kent composer Emily Peasgood was sung by Sea Folk Sing, 30 local singers who formed a community choir. They performed on the train platform and in the underpass to Station Road. The music was heard by over 200…

November 9, 2018

On a cold Sunday in October, a  group of willing volunteers braved the elements and planted over 3,500 crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day 2018. The volunteers included those from the Maidstone Dawn Patrol and the Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club repectively. The purple crocus has become a symbol of the Rotary’s fight to end…

October 23, 2018

Kent CRP are delighted to announce that they were awarded The Community Art Scheme Award at the recent ACoRP Awards ceromony in Glasgow.The award was in recognition of the wonderful work that Bradfields Academy did in partnership with the British Transport Police, to raise awareness of the text 61016 campaign.

September 14, 2018

Come and listen to ‘Sea Folk Sing’ The choir will be performing a specially composed piece in celebration of reconciliation to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Please join us at Strood Station at 2:00 pm and be part of the celebration. To book free tickts for this event please…

September 14, 2018

Come and listen to ‘Sea Folk Sing’ will be travelling along the Swale Rail line from Sittingbourne to Sheerness singing a specially composed piece in celebration of reconciliation. They will be performing a 20 minute rendition at Sittingbourne Station just after 1pm. They will then board the 13:34 train to Queenborough and will then perform…

December 17, 2017

Children visited Santa and enjoyed craft activities at Kent Community Rail Partnership’s (KCRP) ‘Visit Santa’ event at Maidstone West Railway Station on Saturday 16 December. The event was attended by over 100 children who were able to undertake craft activities and listen to St. Michael’s primary school choir in the ticket office before visiting Santa…

November 20, 2017

Over thirty walkers joined us on our annual Medway Valley Rail Trail Walk on Sun 19 Nov from Strood Station.  We left at 10am on a cool but bright morning for the 4.7mile/7.5km circular walk.  The walk took us along the edge of the River Medway, past historic landmarks and through pockets of stunning countryside nestled…

Archived News

April 24, 2019

Kent Community Rail Partnership will be one of more than 40 groups joining forces to showcase some of Britain’s most scenic rail journeys at a nationwide series of events next month. ‘Community Rail in the City’ is a flagship annual celebration aimed at promoting sustainable tourism and travel for recreation on Britain’s community rail routes,…

December 8, 2018

Father Christmas and his Elves look forward to welcoming you at 12:45 at Maidstone West Station on 15th December for our 2 hour train ride. Tickets are now available to purchase. Adults are priced at £10 and children £1. To purchase your tickets just click Eventbrite.Book now to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

September 14, 2018

Sat 15 Dec Santa Train. Boarding at Maidstone West for a 2 hour return journey. Join us for fun on the train with a visit from Santa and a goody bag for every child, we’ll have fun with crafts, face painting, ballooning and more. All for the price of the train ticket! Booking essential on…

June 13, 2017

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…

August 26, 2016

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.

June 7, 2016

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…

February 7, 2016

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……

January 28, 2016

  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…

January 13, 2016

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…