Medway Valley Line
|Medway Valley Line|
|Stations (from north to south)
The Medway Valley Line is the name given to the railway line linking Strood and the Medway Towns with Maidstone West and onward to Paddock Wood and Tonbridge. Trains run half-hourly between Strood and Maidstone, and a few times a day through to Tonbridge. There is an early morning service to Redhill for connections to Gatwick Airport and an early morning weekday service that runs via Tonbridge and Redhill to London Bridge.
The line is two track and was electrified (at 750 V DC third rail) by Southern Railway in July 1939 to Maidstone West. The rest of the line was electrified under stage 2 of Kent Coast electrification by BR's 1955 Modernisation plan.
Paddock Wood station is the venue of the Hop Farm, a popular country show venue and tourist attraction.