Infographic. "15th Kent Rail Summit" Images of a Train, an artists impression of housing in a town, an aerial image of a station.

There were a fantastic range of engaging speakers and topics at the 15th Kent Rail Summit on Wednesday 18th October.

15th Kent Rail Summit. Introduction by Chair - Councillor Neil Baker, KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. Update on Southeastern Services in Kent, David Wornham, Southeastern. Kent's new Thanet Parkway station - Joseph Ratcliffe, Travel Strategy Manager at Kent County Council. Upgrading Westenhanger to serve Otterpool Park - Stephen Gasche, Otterpoll Park LLP. Lenham Heathlands garden village - Helen Garnett, Maidstone Borough Council

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 of a mobility hub for the proposed Otterpool Garden Town.


Maidstone Borough Council outlined their ambition to place a new station at the heart of proposals for the Heathlands Garden Community west of Lenham.

A most informative evening and we would like to give our thanks to Kent County Council for hosting the online event.


KCC made a recording of the 15th Rail Summit which can be downloaded from this link. The file should play on your device’s default media player (n.b. file size of 500MB – depending on speed of internet this download will likely take between 30 seconds to 3 minutes).

The file download will only be available until the 25th October 2023.