January 7, 2022

What have we been doing? The Winter 2022 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

November 19, 2021

Sixteen months on from being awarded a new Community Rail line from Ashford to Otford, we were able to officially open our Kent Downs Line at Maidstone East station on November 18th 2021. Our Chair Chris Fribbins cut the ribbon before we embarked on a train journey along part of the new line to discuss…

October 14, 2021

On Friday 8th October Kent Community Rail Partnership traveled with students and staff from St Edward’s school Sheerness to the Network Rail Travel Safe Travel Smart centre at Margate. It was an exciting day and the students enjoyed the interactive learning environment at this new state of the art facility. Explaining how much a train…

October 7, 2021

Congratulations to Susan Easun (Charing PC) and Jo Elgin (Heath Farm School) on your Charing Station Adoption Sept 2021 Please read our press release. Press Release for Charing station adoption    

October 1, 2021

What have we been doing? The Autumn 2021 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

September 16, 2021

The idea of creating public art for the subway at Strood station first appeared in the Town Centre regeneration consultation of 2015. Whilst not on our Action Plan, when Govia Thameslink Railway approached us to engage with the local community to develop a mural we were happy to grasp the opportunity. Graham Upton, the artist,…

September 13, 2021

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in 3 categories this year at the Community Rail Awards 2021. We were shortlisted in the Involving Diverse Groups, Best Communication, Best Community Engagement categories. Thank you to all our members, funders, partners and volunteers who have made this possible. The winners and runner-up will…

July 2, 2021

What have we been doing? The Summer 2021 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

May 24, 2021

Over the last 2 weeks Kent CRP have been extremely busy planting up 4 stations. It has been great to be back out at stations and working with our communities again. May 12th 2021Just before lockdown 6 new planters were constructed on the platforms by Grow 19 students. We finally managed to plant them up….

April 12, 2021

What have we been doing? The Spring 2021 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

February 22, 2021

We were delighted to have received our certificates from the Community Rail Awards.Thank you everyone who has supported us on these projects over the last 18 months. Your support is very much appreciated by our communities.

January 14, 2021

What have we been doing? The Winter 2021 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

December 17, 2020

Kent Community Rail Partnership, which is hosted by the charity Sustrans, has been recognised with three Community Rail Network Awards. The Partnership’s “A Chance to Shine” project with Sheppey College took first place in the Involving Children and Young People category at the recent Community Rail Network Awards. Kent Community Rail Partnership and Sheppey College…

December 8, 2020

Over the last few months as we have been unable to work at stations, we have spent some of the time researching the history of some of our stations and sourcing old photographs. This had led to the creation of a new page on our website all about the history of the Swale Rail Line….

December 3, 2020

We are delighted to announce the winner and runner up of our Kent Downs Logo competition. We had 41 entries and 10 judges who voted for their top 5. Congratulations to Rob Saunders our winner. Kate Rogers and Oscar Collins who were the runner ups. Here are the three winning designs.     Thank you…

November 26, 2020

Join Kent CRP for a Christmas quiz on Thurs 17 Dec,  7:00pm to 8:30pm on Zoom. Quiz Master Matt ‘Santa’ Fraser from Southeastern will be covering questions on a range of fun seasonal categories including: Christmas around the world Christmas Food and Drink Christmas Music Christmas TV & Movies Christmas Selection Box Teams can be made up…

October 15, 2020

We are launching another Logo Competition. This time it is for a logo for our new Community Rail Line which we were awarded in July. The Kent Downs Line runs from Ashford to Otford. Everyone is welcome to take part. The winning design will be used as our new logo and win a £100 Amazon…

September 30, 2020

What have we been doing? The October 2020 newsletter is now available.  You can either view it online by visiting the newsletter tab on the website or download a pdf copy.

September 25, 2020

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we visited every station along the Kent Downs Line (Ashford to Otford) to audit each station and identify any viable opportunities and possible station improvements. Thank you to Matt and Caroline for joining us on route and sharing their knowledge about each of the stations.

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…): 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…