On Sunday 1 September, a new community rail partnership launches on the Southeastern network – the Darent Valley Line Partnership.
The aim of the CRP is to promote the wider use of train services to benefit social inclusion, economic development, community wellbeing and enabling access by sustainable transport to visitor attractions and communities along the lines that they cover.
The Darent Valley line offers an opportunity to encourage rail travel to the surrounding villages, special landscapes and visitor attractions by train.
The project has developed from a recommendation in the Visitor Economy Study (2017) and follows on from the refurbishment of Bat & Ball Station, undertaken by the Friends of Bat & Ball Station and Sevenoaks Town Council.
The project has attracted support from Town and Parish Councils, Kent Downs AONB and visitor attractions and other stakeholders along the railway line from Swanley to Sevenoaks.
The new partnership is receiving funding from a number of sources, including two annual grants from Southeastern and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operate services to all the stations along the route. Both train operators are offering the new community rail partnership their full support.
Stakeholders will be meeting at Swanely Station at 10:30 this Sunday to launch the new community rail partnership, which will include a visit to all stations along the route of the new partnership, along with entertainment and VIP guests from the local area.