Guidance

Medway Valley community rail line

Community rail line service between Tonbridge and Strood.

Documents

Medway Valley Line: prospectus

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Medway Valley Line: map

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Details

The Medway Valley Line links Strood and the Medway Towns with Maidstone West and onward to Paddock Wood and Tonbridge. Peak hour services also run from Maidstone West to and from London St Pancras International. Between Strood and Yalding the line runs alongside the River Medway and provides frequent views of the river and valley.

Route data

Region South east
Locale Kent
Stations 14
Length 26.5 miles
Journey time About 52 minutes — one way
Route type London and SE commuter
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date September 2007, revised August 2015
Partnership Medway Valley Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Operator(s) Southeastern

The Medway Valley Line serves the following 14 stations:

  • Tonbridge
  • Paddock Wood
  • Beltring
  • Yalding
  • Wateringbury
  • East Farleigh
  • Maidstone West
  • Maidstone Barracks
  • Aylesford
  • New Hythe
  • Snodland
  • Halling
  • Cuxton
  • Strood

Community rail designation

The Medway Valley Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport (DfT) in September 2007. This covered the passenger services between Paddock Wood and Strood.

In 2015 the Medway Valley Line CRP requested that Tonbridge should be added to the Medway valley Line as it represented the more logical end/start to the route. A 6 week consultation was held with key local and rail industry partners and, as there was support for the proposal, Tonbridge was included on the route. As from 17 August 2015 the designation covers the passenger services and the 14 stations between Tonbridge and Strood.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Medway Valley Line has been identified as a London and south east commuter route within Network Rail’s Kent (A) strategic route plan,

The Medway Valley Community Rail Partnership

Hosted by the charity, Sustrans, the Kent Community Rail Partnership was formed in 2003 to support and develop the line.

Published 18 June 2007