Our Partners

Southeastern, Thameslink, Community Rail Network and Go-coach

The Darent Valley CRP works closely with Southeastern Railway, the company which manages the stations along the line and runs trains which stop at Sevenoaks, Otford and Swanley and Thameslink, the company which runs the trains which stop at all six stations

We also work with Network Rail, the company responsible for the track and most of the land, bridges, tunnels and viaducts adjacent to the stations.

Go-coach, based near Sevenoaks, is also helping us coordinate ‘The Last Mile’, or getting travellers from the station to their end destination. In many cases there are bus stops near the stations which can connect harder to reach tourism spots or businesses with the railway.

Another of our key partners is the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, with whom we collaborate closely. The Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme is an exciting large-scale partnership, working to conserve and enhance the distinctive heritage landscapes of the Darent Valley, connecting people to help conserve the valley for the future. The scheme brings together a unique mix of organisations which work with and empower local communities to ensure the survival of this exceptional area. Through them, the Scheme will achieve genuinely sustainable conservation of natural and cultural heritage with communities who feel emotionally and physically reconnected with their landscape.

Stations throughout the Darent Valley include Swanley, Eynsford, Shoreham, Otford, Bat & Ball and Sevenoaks.

Train operators, stations and services all work together to provide sustainable, accessible transport for enjoyable journeys.

Bat & Ball Station

The Bat & Ball Station was the first railway station in Sevenoaks and used by Queen Victoria when visiting Knole. It has been boarded up since 1992 and gradually deteriorated. This is the luggage room interior after restoration in 2019.