Improving community
links with local rail



The Kent Community Rail Partnership exists to bring together widely varied partners in order to bring 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 the 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.

The Lines: SwaleRail is the Sittingbourne to Sheerness branch line. The Medway Valley Line which runs between Tonbridge and Strood via Maidstone West.

Train services on both SwaleRail and the Medway Valley line are operated by Southeastern Railway Ltd, part of the Govia consortium.

The Partnership has been hosted by Sustrans since April 2014.

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Funding for the Kent Community Rail Partnership is currently provided by Yalding Parish Council, East Malling & Larkfield Parish Council, Barming Parish Council, East Farleigh Parish Council, Cuxton Parish Council, Aylesford Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Councillor, Fay Gooch.

For more information about Community Rail Partnerships in Kent contact Louise Skipton-Carter on 07768 035840.

Kent CRP Annual Report

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  2015-2016         2014 – 2015        2013 – 2014         2012 – 2013       2011 – 2012

The Annual Report summarises our activities during the preceding year. The 2014-15 report is now available. A copy of each annual report can be downloaded by clicking on the images of the reports above.

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Other Rail Partnerships

Sussex has also established a Community Rail Partnership and is taking the lead on the following routes which serve some Kent communities. All of these lines are operated by “Southern Railway”.

Uckfield Line

This line has three stations in Kent – Cowden, Hever and EdenbridgeTown.

Tonbridge – Reigate

A new line partnership has been established for this line that serves Tonbridge, Leigh, Penshurst and Edenbridge Stations in Kent.


scrp-sThis line runs between Ashford & Hastings and serves Hamstreet and Appledore stations in Kent. Find out more about these lines and the Sussex Community Rail Partnership.

Visiting Kent

Whether it is historic castles, holiday beaches, beautiful countryside, industrial archaeology, wonderful gardens, cultural events or country walks, there is something for everyone in Kent and Medway. Go to the Visit Kent website to find out more about all these attractions and for details of accommodation.

South Eastern Sustrans