News

April 11, 2024

The Lakes and Marshes Rail Trail is a 4.5 mile loop between Snodland and New Hythe stations, taking in the fantastic scenery and wildlife of Holborough Marshes, Leybourne Lakes and the River Medway.   Trains arrive at Snodland station from both ends of the Medway Valley Line at around 10:15am, ready for a 10:30am start….

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March 31, 2024

A change of Chairs for our Medway Valley and Kent Downs Lines. James Willis and Jim Lehane, volunteer Line Chairs for our Medway Valley Line and Kent Downs Line respectively are standing down from their roles. James Willis has held the Chair position for the Medway Valley Line Group for a number of years, bringing…

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March 25, 2024

Thameslink Railway Chidren’s Spring Poetry Competition Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), who operate Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services, will be running an easter school poetry competition for children aged 5-13.   The competition, which is being launched by the Children’s Laureate poet and author Joseph Coelho, will open from 25 March and we hope it…

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March 14, 2024

Essential engineering works on the Kingsferry Bridge will see the line between Sittingbourne and Sheerness closed on a number of dates this summer. The closures will affect both rail and road journeys. Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 June (8 days) Saturday 29 to Saturday 6 July (8 days) Saturday…

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March 12, 2024

We were proud to be invited by Southeastern to join them at the House of Commons for the launch of their Social Mobility Action Plan. Southeastern said:-   On 4 March, Southeastern, in partnership with the Purpose Coalition, launched its Social Mobility Action Plan in Parliament. We were privileged to be joined by the chair…

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March 11, 2024

In July 2017, Kent CRP were invited to the launch of information boards at Paddock Wood station celebrating the Hop Pickers Line, a former branch line that ran between Hawkhurst and Paddock Wood. The boards made mention of an ambition to create a “Hop Pickers Line Heritage Trail”, a proposed walking and cycling route inspired…

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March 4, 2024

Faversham Festival of Transport 2024 Once again Kent Community Rail Partnership will get ahead of the game with an early start to Community Rail Week (20-26 May).   We will be in the Guildhall with colouring sheets and stickers for kids to enjoy. Come and talk to us about:-   Assisted Travel Services available from…

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February 29, 2024

Catch 22 College On Wednesday 28th February we paid another visit to Catch 22 college in Maidstone. Supported by Matt Fraser, Community Relations Manager at Southeastern we presented anti-trespass messaging to thirty students.   We covered how to find the information you need to plan your journey before reaching the station and finding the right…

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Archived News and Events

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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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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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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