News

March 4, 2019 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 andy place

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 Therese Hammond

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 Therese Hammond

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 Linda Bell

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 Linda Bell

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…

November 21, 2017 Linda Bell

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  

November 7, 2017 Linda Bell

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…

November 7, 2017 Linda Bell

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,…

November 2, 2017 Linda Bell

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…

Archived News

December 8, 2018 andy place

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 Therese Hammond

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 Guy Schofield

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 K3v1n-L0g1N

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 K3v1n-L0g1N

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 K3v1n-L0g1N

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 K3v1n-L0g1N

  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 K3v1n-L0g1N

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…