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October 8, 2019

On Thursday 3rd October, Kent CRP attended the National Community Rail Awards in Telford. We were shortlisted in three categories this year and we are delighted to announce that we picked up two 3rd place certificates this year. This was for our Five Acre Wood Project at Snodland Station in the Involving Diverse Groups Category….

September 30, 2019

On Saturday 28th September, Kent CRP attended Maidstone Cyclefest to encourage people to think about using their cycle to and from the station and also taking their cycle on the train to travel further afield. Thank you to all those who spoke to us on the day and also those who took on the Smoothie…

September 23, 2019

On Friday 20th September, Kent CRP hosted an opening ceremony at Snodland Station. This was to recognise the fantastic work that the Five Acre Wood Snodland students have made to the area at the front of the station. It was opened by the Chair of Kent CRP – Chris Fribbins. He was assisted by some…

August 14, 2019

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for three Community Rail Awards this year. The ACoRP  Community Rail Awards recognise and reward the hard work carried out by line groups, station adopters, volunteers, partners and community organisations, who work together to promote rail accessibility initiatives and help communities get the most from their local railway…

July 25, 2019

Kent CRP are pleased to share their new webpage. This provides information about each station along the Medway Valley and any walks or cycle rides from the station. If you know of  any additional walks or cycle rides please let us know so we can share these more widely.

July 23, 2019

Kent CRP will be holding their Annual Stakeholders Meeting on Monday 21st November from 13:00. Don’t forget to pencil this into your diary. More details will follow later.

July 19, 2019

Kent CRP’s latest newsletter August 2019 is now available. Please visit the 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. A PDF copy is available by clicking on the image below.

July 18, 2019

Have you thought about using the train to travel to a local event? Kent CRP have identified some local events taking place over the next few months and their nearest train station. Take a look at some of the events taking place near you. Thank you to Millie (our work experience student) for helping to…

July 18, 2019

My Work Experience Placement: By Millie Yr 10 Student On Monday, we went to Snodland Station and I helped to plant and water the community garden as part of the Five Acre Wood Project. Once we had completed the work at the station, we went to B&Q and measured and costed trellis for the garden,…

July 12, 2019

On Wednesday June 24th, Kent CRP, and Joanne Donegan from Southeastern were delighted to attend the Sheppey College SwaleRail Project Presentation Day. The students gave two excellent presentations to showcase the work they have been doing since September. The IT department created a website and promotional video. They also produced some artwork using their editing…

July 10, 2019

On Sunday 7th July, Kent CRP organised a 12 mile Family Bike Ride from Tonbridge Station to Penshurst Place. The overcast conditions were ideal for cycling and we were delighted that people of all ages were able to join us on this enjoyable event. The event successfully encouraged participants to take their bikes on the…

July 4, 2019

Two groups of students from Five Acre Wood were busy yesterday working on our Station improvements at Snodland. One group went to source some more plants from the garden centre, while a second group completed constructing the two final planters. Everyone then worked together to plant up the front of the station to produce an…

June 28, 2019

To support National Rail Safety Week, Kent CRP and Jackie (a volunteer) visited Sittingbourne Station on Wednesday 24th June. We spoke to around 400 passengers during the morning to help raise awareness of the British Transport Police number 61016. You can text this number if you are worried about anything or you want to report…

June 21, 2019

Kent CRP,  Southeastern Staff and students and tutors from Sheppey College were out in force today at Queenborough Station. The students put up their bird boxes that had made before helping to plant up wellies and flower beds around the station. Thank you also to Queenborough Primary School who painted the boat and created the…

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…

Archived News

June 7, 2019

Kent CRP are organising a 12 mile family bike ride from Tonbridge Station to Penshurst Place and back. The route is beautiful and follows the National Cycle Network Route 12. We are encouraging participants to travel on the train with their bikes to Tonbridge Station. The event will take place between 10:45 and 15:00 Sunday…

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…