Sixteen months on from being awarded a new community rail line from Ashford to Otford, Kent Community Rail Partnership were able to officially open the Kent Downs Line at Maidstone East Station on November 18 2021.
CRP chair, Chris Fribbins cut the ribbon before embarking on a train journey along part of the new line to discuss some of the exciting projects that are underway.
Following the trip to Charing, the group returned to Maidstone East for a buffet lunch. This was not just to celebrate the launch of the Kent Downs Line opening but also to recognise all the CRP’s volunteers this year, who have given up their time to make a difference and support the CRP with events and activities.
Community Rail Network’s Paul Webster introduced the afternoon extravaganza. Members from Swale Rail and Medway Valley Line gave presentations to share the activities that have taken place over the last 12 months and highlight the plans for the year ahead.