Our Partnership

Community Rail Lines

There are three Kent Community Rail Lines in our partnership. The Swale Rail Line where the partnership began in 2003, adding the Medway Valley Line in 2005 and Kent Downs Line in 2020. All three lines are operated by Southeastern. The Kent Community Rail Partnership has been hosted by Sustrans since April 2014. Both Kent County Council and Medway Council provide valuable support.


DfT and the Four Pillars of Community Rail

The Kent Community Rail Partnership exists to bring together widely varied partners, to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the communities served by rural and secondary rail services. This is achieved by improving community links with rail operators and initiating projects that make rail services more attractive to residents and visitors alike. Generally speaking community rail partnerships exist on lines unlikely to attract major investment from the rail industry, but the success of the partnerships often leads to greater resources being deployed by the rail companies and others.



Kent Community Rail Partnership is Department for Transport accredited, ensuring that it operates to high standards of governance and financial propriety; adopts a collaborative approach; is worthy of trust by others; and is considered by Government to be a good representative of the local community. The DfT mandates us to provide a voice for the community; promote sustainable and healthy travel; bring communities together, supporting diversity and inclusion; and to support social and economic development.

Our Structure

Chris Fribbins is the Chairman of our Partnership.  He has been a member of the Kent Community Rail Partnership since it was formed. He was appointed Chair in April 2019, having been Vice Chair prior to this. Chris also represented the Rail Passenger Committee, managing Swale Rail before the adoption of the Medway Valley Line. Chris is also an active member of the RailFuture group.

Chris leads our Steering group, who are made up from representatives of the rail industry, county, borough and parish councillors and members of the communities served by our lines.

Dominic Noades receives the Mike Fitzgerald shield for Volunteer of the Year 2023/24 Kent Community Rail Partnership. The shield is awarded by Steve White, managing director of Southeastern. Pictured are Therese Hammond, Dominic Noades, Steve White, Gary Outram and Chris Fribbins
Volunteer of the Year 2024 - Dominic Noades

Chair of the Kent Community Rail Partnership:

Chris Fribbins


Vice Chair of the Kent Community Rail Partnership:

Tom Shelley


The Medway Valley Line which runs between Tonbridge and Strood via Maidstone West.

Its 14 stations are:
Strood, Halling, Cuxton, Snodland, New Hythe, Aylesford, Maidstone Barracks, Maidstone West. East Farleigh, Wateringbury, Yalding, Beltring, Paddock Wood, and Tonbridge.

Swale Rail is the Sittingbourne to Sheerness branch line.

Its 5 stations are:

Sheerness on Sea, Queenborough, Swale, Kemsley, and Sittingbourne.

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Kent Downs Line

The Kent Downs Line runs form Ashford International to Otford. This line joins up with two other Community Rail Partnerships, Southeast CRP at Ashford with the Marshlink Line and The Darenth Valley CRP at Otford.

Its 12 stations are:

Ashford, Charing, Lenham, Harrietsham, Hollingbourne, Bearsted, Maidstone East, Barming, East Malling, West Malling, Borough Green and Wrotham, and Kemsing.

Chair of the Medway Valley Line:

Paul Harper

Vice Chair of the Medway Valley Line:


Chair of the Swale Rail Line:

Linda Brinklow

Vice Chair of the Swale Rail Line:

Jonathan Fryer

Chair of the Kent Downs Line:

Clive English

Vice Chair of the Kent Downs Line:


Annual Report 2023-2024

Annual Report 2022-2023

Annual Report 2021-2022​

Annual Report 2019-2021

Annual Report 2018-2019

Why not take a closer look at what we have been doing by viewing our latest newsletter.

Kent CRP would like to thank all our volunteers, station adopters and members who help us throughout the year. Our aim is to work alongside our partners and engage our communities in projects and events near to our stations. From time to time we receive recognition for some of the projects and events that we take part in. These are usually celebrated at the Community Rail Awards. Without our community support and partners we work with, this wouldn’t be possible.


After a break for light refreshments we moved on to our prestigious “Open Platform” question and answer session.


Our panel consisted of Chris Fribbins, Chair of Kent CRP; Steve White, Managing Director of Southeastern, David Davidson, Route Director Kent for Network Rail; Clare Dowling, Programme Manager for Behaviour Change and Engagement at Sustrans South; and Rob Hattersley, Director of Support and Development at Community Rail Network. 

Answers to questions submitted in advance of the meeting often prompted follow up questions from the floor. Our panelists offered to continue discussions with members over some of the more specific points raised.