Thameslink Railway Chidren's Spring Poetry Competition

Poster - Spring Poetry Competition. Picture of a person on a train writing in a note book. Summary of terms and conditions and link to website page with further info.

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 will be a great way to challenge kids creativity over the Easter holidays.


To enter the competition, children will need to write a short poem (50 to 150 words) about a place they love to visit by train on the GTR network or about what is great about their local area and why others should visit it by train. 


Strood is the only station in Kent CRP’s lines that is served by Thameslink trains and it has some fantastic places to visit. You can find the full rail route map for GTR here.

A mural depicting attractions and amenities near Strood station. Temple Manor, a medieval manor house; a sculpture in Broom Hill Park, Strood retail park.
A mural depicting attractions and amenities near Strood station. Diggerland fun park, the Black Widow submarine moored in the River Medway.

10 lucky winners will be selected by GTR and Joseph Coelho, and winning entries will be displayed at stations and on trains on the GTR network over the Summer.


Winners will also receive complementary return rail travel on GTR services for themselves and up to four family members to visit their favourite destination on GTR’s network.


Parents or guardians can submit their child’s poem on their local train company’s website at:

Submissions are open from Monday 25 March 2024 until 23:59, Friday 10 May 2024. Full details and the Terms and Conditions are also available on the website.

Kent CRP think this is a great initiative to keep children’s minds active over the holidays, and we would love for you to spread details of the competition further and encourage children to enter for a chance to have their poetry displayed in public.