The Marshlink Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has welcomed two new line officers, Harry Sievewright and Catherine Simmons. The Marshlink CRP, which promotes the line between Hastings and Ashford, is part of the Southeast Communities Rail Partnership (SCRP), which works to connect local communities with their railway.


Kevin Boorman, chair of the Marshlink CRP, said ;- “We were very disappointed when Kevin ‘Taff’ Barry retired earlier this year as our line officer, and I am delighted that Catherine and Harry have been appointed to the role. They will be sharing the job, and will also cover other lines locally.


“We have very strong station partnerships at virtually all of our Marshlink stations, who do sterling work; I know they will welcome the support that Harry and Catherine can give. We’ve made a great start already, as they have already improved the Captain Pugwash Memorial Garden at Rye station, which unfortunately had become neglected and overgrown.


“And they couldn’t have come at a more important time for the rail industry. Covid has hit it really badly, we are desperate to encourage people to travel by train as soon as it is safe to do so.”


Harry said :- “ I am delighted to have joined the SCRP. I have previously worked with local communities, and look forward to working with our station partnerships. I am particularly keen to recruit more partners for Rye, so if anyone is interested please do contact me at


Catherine added :- ”I am very pleased to be able to work with Harry on the Marshlink. I’ve worked for the SCRP for a number of years now, and have been helping to cover the Marshlink since Taff left; I’m really impressed at the passion and commitment of local station partners, and we hope to build on that as we encourage people back on the train as soon as we can.”