News

October 15, 2020

We are launching another Logo Competition. This time it is for a logo for our new Community Rail Line which we were awarded in July. The Kent Downs Line runs from Ashford to Otford. Everyone is welcome to take part. The winning design will be used as our new logo and win a £100 Amazon…

September 30, 2020

What have we been doing? The October 2020 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

September 25, 2020

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we visited every station along the Kent Downs Line (Ashford to Otford) to audit each station and identify any viable opportunities and possible station improvements. Thank you to Matt and Caroline for joining us on route and sharing their knowledge about each of the stations.

September 25, 2020

We are recruiting. Due to our recent growth and the forming of the Kent Downs Line this year, we are looking for an additional member of staff to join our team. Your role initially will be as a Project Support Officer, working across all 3 lines. (Swale Rail, Medway Valley Line and Kent Downs). If…

September 21, 2020

We are delighted to unveil our new Kent Community Rail Partnership Logo. This will be used as our main identity. The final design  was based on the inspiration of our joint competition winners Matthew Crowley and Hannah Legg, launched earlier this year. We will continue to use our existing line logos as well as developing…

August 12, 2020

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in 3 categories in the #CommunityRail Awards,2020. Category 1 Involving Children and Young People – The Sheppey College Project Sheppey College Category 4 Most Enhanced Station- Five Acre Wood Snodland and Grow 19 Project Five Acre Wood School and Friends of Five Acre Wood School Grow 19 Category 10 Photo Competition – Five…

July 22, 2020

Kent CRP are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a third Community Rail line which connects 12 stations, following an announcement from Southeastern. The new line runs from Ashford International to Kemsing. We are looking forward to working with new community groups on events and projects in the near future. Our new stations…

July 10, 2020

Over the last few months as we have been unable to work at stations, we have spent some of the time researching the history of some of our stations and sourcing old photographs. This had lead to the creation of a new page on our website all about the history of the Medway Valley Line….

June 29, 2020

What have we been doing? The July 2020 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

June 22, 2020

Thank you for all the amazing entries in our Logo Competition. The voting from our 10 judges resulted in a tie. The joint winners were Matthew and Hannah. They each will receive an Amazon Voucher for £100. Their ideas will be combined to form our new logo.     Isabella aged 9 was our runner-up and…

June 19, 2020

It’s back by popular demand. Kent CRP will be hosting a second online Zoom Quiz. 3rd July 2020 at 7 to 8:30 pm. Starring Matt Fraser as question master. To book a place email kentcrp@sustrans.org. Team size maximum of 4. Bring your own drinks.

May 28, 2020

Dear Kent Community Rail Members, We enjoyed our first Zoom book club meeting last Thursday after spending 6 weeks reading ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’ by Agatha Christie.  During the 6 weeks of reading we shared in weekly catch up emails and everyone enjoyed the book, especially the throwbacks to days gone by of…

May 4, 2020

We are launching a Logo Competition. Everyone is welcome to take part. The winning design will be used as our new logo and win a £100 Amazon voucher and the two runner ups will each receive an Amazon voucher for £50..The winning logo will then be professionally recreated based upon the winning design and used…

April 27, 2020

Kent CRP Zoom Quiz Join Kent CRP for a quick quiz on Thurs 7 May,  3 pm to 4 pm on Zoom. Quiz Master Matt Fraser from Southeastern will be covering question categories including, General Knowledge,  Sport, Food and Drink, Music and more (some train related). Teams can be made up of individuals or a…

April 22, 2020

Did you see the news article about Kent Community Rail Partnership on Kent Online? If you missed it, you can read it here. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/community-rail-group-recognised-225566/

April 9, 2020

Welcome to Kent CRP’s first virtual Book Club Agatha Christie’s “The Mystery of the Blue Train” has been selected from many recommendations received as our first book as it’s available in all formats; Kindle, hardback, paperback and even in audio for those who’d prefer to listen to it! It will be available via various outlets…

March 26, 2020

The April 2020 newsletter is now available. You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

March 25, 2020

Kent CRP are delighted to share with you that our Partnership has been successful in achieving Accreditation status. Representatives from ACoRP Network Rail, Kent CRP, Kent County Council and Southeastern met back in January to assess if Kent CRP met with the Department for Transport’s (DfT) standards. Yesterday it was announced that we had been…

March 19, 2020

KentCRP and students from Grow 19 have been busy creating planters at Wateringbury Station. In all 6 new planters were made and these will be planted up in the near future. Thank you to all those who helped with the project.

February 26, 2020

Back in October Kent CRP, Sheppey College Landscapers and Minister on Sea Rotary Club planted 2000 Crocuses at Queenborough Station. This was to raise awareness of the work the Rotary Club are doing around the world to help eradicate Polio. We are pleased to see that they have now bloomed and really stand out as…

Archived News

November 29, 2019

Kent CRP are organising a Music Train for Saturday 14th March along the Medway Valley Line. Mark the date in your diaries to avoid disappointment. More information about how to book your place will follow after Christmas.

November 29, 2019

We are looking forward to hosting our first Santa Train on the SwaleRail Line this year on the 14th December. The event is very popular and has already sold out. We are looking forward to seeing all the lucky passengers who managed to reserve their visit to meet Santa.

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…