Kent Community Rail Partnership

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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 in 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 both Swale Rail and the Medway Valley line are operated by Southeastern. Community Rail Partnerships (CRP) 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. The 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 07787 434258.

Station Improvements

Our activities range from school and college activities, organising community events, station adoption and working with volunteers.

Our Funding

Funding for the Kent Community Rail Partnership is currently provided by

Cuxton Parish Council

Charing Parish Council

Community Rail Network (Previously ACoRP)

Halling Parish Council

Kent County Council

Medway Council

Sheerness Town Council

Snodland Town Council


Swale Borough Council

Wrotham Parish Council

Yalding Parish Council

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