Connecting communities with Kent Community Rail Partnerships

  • Kent Community Rail Partnership is established within the communities along the Medway Valley and SwaleRail lines, enabling them to get involved in improving their local railway.
  • Kent CRP helps to deliver customer growth and improvements to rail services and station environments.
  • The Partnership is working with 10 local schools on a Smarter Journeys programme, focused on getting pupils to take part in a wide variety of challenges to help to build confidence and skills to travel independently and safely to school.

By working in partnership with schools, workplaces, communities and local stakeholders, Kent Community Rail Partnership (Kent CRP) helps to deliver customer growth and improvements to rail services and station environments. Kent CRP helps raise awareness of rail in the community, engaging new users and helping local people to get more from the railway.

Kent CRP is established within the communities along the Medway Valley and SwaleRail lines, enabling them to get involved in improving their local railway through station adoption and co-designing the station environment.

They are working with 10 local schools on a Smarter Journeys programme, encouraging young people to get into the habit of using the train. Focused on Year 6, pupils take part in a wide variety of challenges to help to build confidence and skills to travel independently and safely to school. Challenges include taking a train ride to a local station and completing a station tour, learning to fix up their own bikes, taking part in cycle and walk to school competitions and rail safety talks. One challenge is the Big Street Survey where pupils survey their school and local station and the journey between them to highlight improvements that would make their journeys better and safer.

Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) is also active in Kent’s local communities. Tonbridge station invited SCRP to work with the local community to decorate the station underpass with colourful art. SCRP contacted Tonbridge Hub, a youth club for young people with behavioural issues run by Kent County Council and asked them to partner on the project.

Funded by grants from Southeastern and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), the result was a mural mapping the history of the station from its first inception in the 1840s to the multi-platform travel hub of today and featuring some of Tonbridge’s landmark buildings.

Further information
http://kentcrp.org