Author: Gary Outram

February 14, 2024

New Promotional Materials For Kent Community Rail Partnership A lot of things have changed since Kent Community Rail Partnership was launched in 2003.   Over the years we have changed host organisation, added new lines and new communities, and moved into a more digitally enabled age.   A new partnership logo was adopted in 2019…

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February 12, 2024

Kent County Councillors show their support for Queenborough station adopters. On Friday 9th February we paid a visit to our volunteer station adopters at Queenborough to hand over a variety of gardening hand tools to help them keeping the station gardens tidy and attractive for the local community. The station adoption group are part of…

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February 1, 2024

We invite you to join us for our Annual Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday 23rd April 2024 Our Stakeholder Meeting is an opportunity for stakeholders, partners, volunteers and friends of Kent Community Rail Partnership to get together and celebrate our achievements. It is a great opportunity to find out more about our work and meet the…

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January 22, 2024

Discover up to 50% off more than a million Advance train tickets. It’s the perfect chance to save on escapes big and small. The Great British Rail Sale begins on 23rd January, slashing ticket prices on many routes for journeys taken between 30 January and 15 March across Engalnd and Wales.   City breaks, family…

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January 2, 2024

Snowdown becomes Kent’s least used station. We begin 2024 with the news that Kent CRP can no longer claim the crown of hosting Kent’s least used station.   Kemsing held the title in 2022 and 2021, with Swale being the previous holder for many years before.   However recently published figures for 2023 show Snowdown…

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December 13, 2023

Hollingbourne Station has been nominated in the category “Most Enhanced Railway Spaces” for the Community Rail Awards 2024. A fantastic achievement reflecting the hard work of the local community in re-imagining the derelict booking office as a community hub. Our thanks also go to Southeastern and the Railway Heritage Trust for their support for the…

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November 30, 2023

On 29th November 2023 we took a group of thirteen students from Sheppey College to the Travel Safe Travel Smart centre in Margate.   Travel training began as soon as we reached the station with a reminder to keep behind the yellow line until the train has arrived and stopped and to let passengers off…

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November 30, 2023

Southeastern are kindly providing advertising space at some of our stations, promoting volunteering opportunities at Kent Community Rail Partnership. There are lots of ways that you can support our work and we’d love to hear about your own ideas too. Posters will be rolled out by Southeastern as part of regular updates to station displays. Let us…

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November 28, 2023

On 13th November, Southeastern held their Autumn Stakeholder Forum in Canterbury.   Southeastern welcomed colleagues and partners from across their network to reflect on the previous six months and to show how Southeastern are working to deliver a better, more reliable and sustainable railway. Speakers throughout the day updated stakeholders on a range of topics,…

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November 27, 2023

On a very chilly Sunday morning at the end of November we were joined by volunteers from the Friends of Broomhill park to tidy the public areas outside Strood station.   The team were supported by Medway Council who provided guidance, equipment and arranged collection of the bagged waste. Two hours work by the group…

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November 6, 2023

We are organising a litter pick at Strood station on Sunday 26th November, 10m-12pm. We will be working with the Friends of Broomhill park to tidy the public areas outside the station buildings, supported by Medway Council who will be supplying the equipment and arranging collection of waste.   Please let us know by Wednesday…

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November 2, 2023

On Wednesday 15th November, we will be attending a community event hosted by Sheppey College. The event will feature local businesses, community groups and College stakeholders, providing an opportunity for us to showcase our work with Sheppey College and promote the Swale Rail Line. The event starts at 2:00pm, with Kent CRP attending until at…

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October 24, 2023

We were delighted to accept an invitation from Tracey Crouch MP to attend the over 55s Advice and Information Fair at Snodland on Monday 23rd October. We were one of eighty organisations exhibiting at the event, working with Southeastern to share information and ideas to inspire people to Give The Train A Try, promote the…

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October 19, 2023

There were a fantastic range of engaging speakers and topics at the 15th Kent Rail Summit on Wednesday 18th October. We heard updates on the customer experience, e-ticketing, the Thanet Parkway story, and progress on restoring international rail services to benefit Kent residents and businesses.   Westenhanger station will be upgraded, to become the centre…

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October 2, 2023

Ten Grow 19 students and 3 of their tutors arrived at West Malling station excited for their first station adoption day planting bulbs and litter picking. Despite the ground being fairly hard the students worked diligently until the bank was covered in bulbs. The technique used was naturalisation which means as nature would grow therefore…

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September 12, 2023

A huge thank you to Southeastern for arranging new group travel passes to support our project work. Our previous group travel passes were restricted to use with school groups and were only valid for travel on our three lines. Southeastern have agreed to lift both the school group and line restrictions, meaning the new group…

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September 5, 2023

Yesterday I joined our station adopter, Dave Mitchelmore at Wateringbury to help with some weeding.   We worked methodically to take weeds out of the planters and up from the rear edge of the platform, collecting a little litter as we went.   Job done, Dave kindly took me to see the old railway signals…

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