Save Pluckley Rail Services

This is a new page for the Save Pluckley Rail Services Action Group – please watch this page for updates…


It is vital that you respond to the consultation by Tuesday 23 May 2017 – see below.

Also, your friends and family members.


What’s happening?

South Eastern’s franchise expires in December 2018 and therefore the Department of Transport (DfT) is looking to find the next operator.

They have initiated a Public Consultation and issued the document “Shaping The Future” which looks at the current service, future challenges and the option for improvement for the South Eastern network.

This could threaten the rail services at Paddock Wood, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, and Pluckley.

What are the implications for Pluckley station?

One of the challenges highlighted in the report is to speed up longer distance journeys and DfT is exploring options for reducing the journey time on the existing mainline route between the Kent coast and Charing Cross via Tonbridge. The consultation document explores reducing calls at “less well used” stations while acknowledging the “potential inconvenience” of passengers that use these “intermediate stations”.   From the data available, we believe Pluckley station would fall into this category and thereby be a target for cuts in services. We believe this would be disastrous and could potentially lead ultimately to the closure of the station.

What do you need to do?

Please respond to the consultation. It is vital that you respond to the consultation by Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Details can be found at

Alternatively, you can write to:

South Eastern Rail Franchise Consultation Co-ordinator
Zone 4/13Department for Transport Great
Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR

Or by Email to [email protected]

When responding, we believe the key points below should be stressed:

  • Pluckley is a thriving and growing community, especially with the addition of new housing developments;
  • The station is widely used by all members of the community, commuters, visitors and school children;
  • There is no public transport to alternative stations and insufficient parking at Ashford International;

The SAVE PLUCKLEY STATION CAMPAIGN wants to hear from you.

Take part in the online survey

If you want to be part of the campaign, then please contact the Campaign Group here [email protected]

An online petition was started in April but only ran for three weeks due to the General Election. However, in that time an amazing total of 11,576 people signed the petition. We were very pleased to reach the 10,000 target for the Government to respond. Just a note that about 500 people per hour signed the petition in the final few hours.