Travel Training trip to Charing station for Ashford College students

A group of people on the platform at Charing station

Eight Ashford College Employability Skills students and their tutors Kate and Anita joined Matt and Therese at Ashford station with plants and soil to enhance the window boxes at Charing station.  The students had all travelled by train before and explained how to find the correct platform and time for the train we needed to catch.  Whilst on the platform the students discussed the purpose of the yellow line and tactile paving and were reminded that no matter what, you should never touch the rails – ask for help if anything is dropped! 

At Charing station, we were welcomed by Cllr Janet White who has adopted the station on behalf of Charing PC and Mark Turnel, Charing Station Officer. 


A great effort resulted in the 4 window boxes being replenished with soil and colourful plants making for a more inviting stations for its passengers. 


The students and tutors were then given a guided walk to St Peter’s and Paul’s church within the village, on the way passing many historical buildings and trying out the ‘person weathervane’.  The return journey allowed for further discussion around train travel for leisure and future employment opportunities.

On arrival at Ashford International station the students said that they had enjoyed their morning and learnt a great deal helping them to feel more confident when travelling by train and exploring different places.