This consultation will open on 23 September when all the consultation materials will be available.

We are consulting on the draft of the Kent Rail Strategy 2021.

The Strategy aims to influence train services in the county for the next decade. It sets out the requirements we consider are needed for rail infrastructure enhancements to keep pace with increased demand for the service. This includes ensuring there is an expanded fleet of new High Speed trains, a replacement fleet for the Metro services and improvements to station facilities and communications.

The Strategy also looks at transport priorities for the next decade including environmental issues, by encouraging more people out of their cars and on to trains and by persuading moving freight operators to move from road to rail.

We want to make sure the voices of our communities, businesses and partners are heard to ensure our rail network will help deliver economic growth and to represent what Kent’s travelling public want and need.

The Draft Strategy is available to view and download from the 'Documents' section below, along with the Equality Impact Assessment.

New Class 800 train design that could provide the bespoke additional fleet required for Kent’s High Speed services

What happens after the consultation?

Following the consultation your responses will be analysed and compiled into a consultation report, which will help produce the final version of the Rail Strategy. The final Strategy will then be presented to KCC’s Cabinet on 25 January 2021 for approval.

The consultation report, updated EqIA and final Strategy will be available on this page and on by 3 February 2021.
Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email or call 03000 42 15 53 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 42 15 53). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

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  • Opens
    23 Sep 2020 at 09:00
  • Closes
    17 Nov 2020 at 23:59

Consultation Documents

The consultation documents will be available here when the consultation opens.


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Sevenoaks
  • Folkestone and Hythe
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge & Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Stakeholder event
Contact Details

Transport Strategy Team,
Kent County Council,
Invicta House,
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX