Daventry Transport Development Group

Case for Change

Other towns: Case study

Other towns: Case study

We study a town – Faversham, in East Kent – which is of a similar size to Daventry, but has a railway link.

Towns such as Buxton, Alton, Stamford, and even Faversham in Kent have rail links. However, Daventry, a larger town than those mentioned, is stuck with unreliable buses – no rail of any sort. In this section, we will analyse these other areas rail links, and see how they have gained from it. Let us focus on Faversham, on the Chatham Main Line. Around 20,000 people live in the town of Faversham, and 1.5 million entries and exits were made from the station pre-COVID per year approximately. That’s around 4,500 entries and exits a day.

Faversham 🚉

You can just imagine how this station can benefit the local economy, allowing direct London Victoria and St Pancras International services, as well as southbound Dover Priory services, linking to some of the largest hubs in the country including Ebbsfleet International, for services to mainland Europe, Medway and central London via Thameslink. Partly because of this station and the introduction of new Southeastern Highspeed services, the value of the Swale Borough visitor economy grew by 3.9% in 2017 and is now worth £237m. The entirety of Kent’s visitor economy stood at a hefty £3.8bn at the same time.

Rail is not the only transport link in Faversham. Bus companies including Arriva Southern Counties, which runs service 333 to Sittingbourne and Stagecoach in East Kent operate routes 3, 3X, 3A, 3B to Canterbury, and route 666 to Ashford. However, Swale Borough Council have expressed concern over the lack of bus and cycle facilities in the town and greater borough when compared to road and rail, and there is a particular lack of public transport to nearby rural areas.