South Eastern Trains
South Eastern Trains, branded as Southeastern, was a publicly owned train operating company that operated the South Eastern Passenger Rail Franchise between November 2003, when it took over from Connex South Eastern, and 1 April 2006, when Southeastern began operating the new Integrated Kent franchise.
9 November 2003 – 31 March 2006
|Main region(s)||Greater London|
|Other region(s)||Kent, East Sussex|
|Fleet size||approximately 350|
|Stations called at||178|
|National Rail abbreviation||SE|
|Parent company||Strategic Rail Authority (publicly owned)|
South Eastern Trains began operating the South Eastern franchise from November 2003, taking over after the franchise was removed from Connex South Eastern. On 18 January 2005 the Strategic Rail Authority issued the Integrated Kent franchise Invitation to Tender to the shortlisted bidders.
- North Kent Line – services via Dartford to Gillingham
- Chatham Main Line – services to the Kent Coast via Bromley South and Chatham, dividing at Faversham to Ramsgate and Dover
- Swanley to Ashford (via Maidstone East) Line
- South Eastern Main Line – services the Kent Coast via Ashford and Sevenoaks
- Hastings Line (Hastings via Tunbridge Wells)
- London Bridge to Tunbridge Wells (via East Croydon and Redhill) – uses part of the Brighton Main Line
- Horsham to Tunbridge Wells (via Gatwick and Redhill) – uses part of the Brighton Main Line
The suburban services (called ‘Metro’ in the SET timetables) ran to:
- Sevenoaks: two services – one via Grove Park, and one via Bromley South
- Hayes line
- Mid-Kent Line
- Orpington via Lewisham and via Bromley South
- Dartford via: North Kent Line; the Bexleyheath Line and the Dartford Loop Line.
- Bromley North Line
South Eastern Trains inherited a fleet of Class 365, Class 375, Class 411, Class 421, Class 423, Class 465 and Class 466s from Connex South Eastern. During its tenure South Eastern Trains introduced the remaining Class 375s into service as well as the full Class 376 fleet. All remaining Class 411, Class 421 and Class 423s were withdrawn and scrapped by October 2005, while the Class 365s were transferred to West Anglia Great Northern in 2004. Rolling stock was maintained at Ashford and Ramsgate depots.
- "Train firm loses franchise". BBC News. 27 June 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
- Strategic Rail Authority (January 2005). Integrated Kent Franchise Stakeholder Briefing Document. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
- "Department for Transport announces integrated Kent franchise" (Press release). Department for Transport. 30 November 2005. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012.
- "Last journey for slam-door train". BBC News. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Southern Railway E-Group (17 May 2004). "Class 365".