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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…

February 5, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Kent CRP are working with Explore Kent to join the Heart of Kent Walking Festival in April. We will be supporting the Yalding to Wateringbury Rail Trail. (Hill and Hoppers) on Sunday 26th April. The event starts at 9:30 from Yalding Station. To join in you will need to…

January 29, 2020

Do you enjoy live music and a drink? Why not join our Music Train on Saturday 14th March between 17:30 and 19:30 along the Medway Valley Line. We will have live music, refreshments, entertainment and a quiz. Tickets are £10 each. For more details and to book your tickets check out Eventbrite. Book now to…

December 16, 2019

We were delighted to have a very special guest join us on the Saturday 14th December. Santa boarded the train at Sheerness on Sea Station at 13:48 and gave out presents to local children before returning to Lapland two hours later. He was also joined by Batman, Spiderman and Captain America. The children were entertained…

December 9, 2019

The December 2019 newsletter is now available. You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

November 29, 2019

Take a look at this wonderful video created by Sheppey College IT Students to help promote visiting places along the SwaleRail Line. They have been working with us on a number of projects over the last year.

November 25, 2019

Back in June, Students from Sheppey College carried out passenger surveys at all stations along the SwaleRail Line. The students fedback on their findings which included more seating required at Queenborough Station. The Level 2 and 3 carpenters responded to this request and designed and made two fantastic new benches  with planters. On Friday November…

November 25, 2019

Congratulations to Five Acre Wood Snodland, who were awarded the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award at our recent Annual Stakeholders Meeting. They were recognised for their work in transforming the front of Snodland Station. Well done to everybody involved. They also were presented with their Station Adoption certificate by George from Southeastern.

November 25, 2019

On Thursday 21st November we hosted our Annual Stakeholders Meeting at Maidstone Town Hall. Thank you to all those who attended to share the highlights of the work and activities we have been doing over the past year. We would like to thank all our presenters who were involved. Students from Five Acre Wood and…

November 20, 2019

Come and join us on Thursday 21st November at Maidstone Town Hall from 12:30 to 15:00 to celebrate the work of Kent CRP over the last year. Five Acre Wood Snodland School and Sheppey College will be sharing their experiences. Why not find out how you can get involved next year in community projects. A…

November 8, 2019

Santa and Mrs.Claus will be travelling along the SwaleRail Line on Saturday 14th December between 13:48 and 15:43 before they return to Lapland. You can hop on and off at any of our stations between those times, as two trains travel along the line, we will be leaving the following stations at the following times:…

October 18, 2019

We were delighted to have teamed up with The Minster On Sea Rotary Club and Sheppey College to plant 2000 purple crocuses in a roundel at Queenborough Station this morning. Kent CRP have been working with Sheppey College over the last year on numerous activities. This is the first landscaping project undertaken. The significance of…

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….

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…