Kent Community Rail Partnership

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Two people seated on a bench on a railway platform. One is wearing a thick cream coloured coat, hat and scarf. There is a walking stick beside them. The other is wearing blue jeans, blouse and a padded yellow coat. In front of them is a golden coloured guide dog wearing an "on duty" reflective harness. Everyone is smiling.
A colourful mural depicting flowers, the Trebor logo, the river Medway and town centre roads, a dinosaur and a bus.
A Southeastern Javelin Train with Trainbow livery.
Therese and Matt with a group of tutors and students outside Charing railway station
Four people tending a flowerbed on a station platform

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Our Network

A rail style map of the three Kent Community Rail Partnership lines

Our Lines

The Medway Valley Line runs alongside the beautiful river Medway connecting Tonbridge and Strood via Maidstone, the County Town of Kent.  Direct services to London operate from Maidstone West, Snodland and Strood on weekday mornings and evenings using Javelin High Speed trains.

The Kent Downs Line runs to the south of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Ashford and Otford via Maidstone, the County Town of Kent. Trains run from Ashford on to the Kent coast and from Otford on to London. Good connections are provided at Ashford to and from High Speed services to Ebbsfleet, Stratford International and St Pancras International. 

Swale Rail is the Sittingbourne to Sheerness line which connects the Isle of Sheppey to the rest of Kent. Some direct services to London run on weekday mornings and evenings. Train services on all three lines are operated by Southeastern. Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) encourage the support of railway lines and stations by the local community, comprising railway operators, local and parish councils, schools, businesses, rail user groups (RUGs) and other community organisations. CRPs are managed to fit local circumstances, recognising the need to increase revenue, reduce costs, increase community involvement and support social and economic development. Kent Community Rail Partnership has been hosted by Sustrans since April 2014.

For more information about Community Rail Partnerships in Kent contact Therese Hammond on 07917 131248 or Gary Outram on 07787 434258.

Station Improvements

Our activities include a range of projects with schools and colleges, organising community events, and facilitating station adoptions. We are indebted to our supporters, partners and volunteers for their dedication to helping Community Rail to flourish along our lines.

Our Funding

For 2024/25 funding for the Kent Community Rail Partnership and our project work is provided by

Southeastern Railway
Kent County Council
Medway Council
Community Rail Network
Ashford Borough Council
Barming Parish Council
East Malling & Larkfield Parish Council
Halling Parish Council
Iwade Parish Council
Wrotham Parish Council
Yalding Parish Council
The Colonel Stephens Society

The Kent Community Rail Partnership is a member of Community Rail Network. Being part of the Community Rail Network family, provides us with up to date expert advice and additional funding to support our community projects. It also enables us to work closely with other Community Rail Partnerships to share best practice. For more information about the Community Rail Network, please visit


The Kent Community Rail Partnership is hosted by Sustrans.
Sustrans is a registered charity in England and Wales (number 326550) and Scotland (SC039263) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England No 1797726 at 2 Cathedral Square, Bristol, BS1 5DD