Southeastern (train operating company)

SE Trains Limited,[2] trading as Southeastern, is a train operator, owned by DfT OLR Holdings for the Department for Transport,[3] that took over operating the South Eastern franchise in South East England from privately-owned London & South Eastern Railway (which also traded as Southeastern) on 17 October 2021.

SE Trains
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Overview
Franchise(s)South Eastern
Main region(s)Greater London, Kent
Other region(s)East Sussex
Fleet size
Stations called at180
Stations operated164
Parent companyDfT OLR Holdings
Reporting markSE
Dates of operation17 October 2021–
PredecessorSoutheastern (Govia)
Other
Websitewww.southeasternrailway.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata
Route map
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SE Trains initial network as inherited from Southeastern (click to expand)

HistoryEdit

In September 2021, the Department for Transport announced it would be terminating the South Eastern franchise operated by Govia-owned Southeastern after revenue declaration discrepancies involving £25 million of public money were discovered. SE Trains, as an operator of last resort, took over the franchise on 17 October 2021.[4][5][6]

OverviewEdit

SE Trains serves the main London stations of Cannon Street, Charing Cross, London Bridge, St Pancras, Victoria and Waterloo East. The network has route mileage of 540 miles (870 km),[citation needed] with 180 stations.

RoutesEdit

SE Trains is continuing to operate the same time tables as its predecessor. The weekday off-peak service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), is:[7]

High Speed 1
Route tph Calling at Stock
London St Pancras to Ramsgate via Faversham 1
  • Supplemented during peak hours with an hourly service to Faversham.
395
London St Pancras to Dover Priory via Ashford International 1
London St Pancras to Margate via Canterbury West 1
Chatham Main Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Victoria to Ramsgate via Faversham 1
London Victoria to Dover Priory via Faversham 1
London Victoria to Gillingham 1
Sittingbourne to Sheerness-on-Sea (branch line) 1 375
Maidstone Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Victoria to Ramsgate via Maidstone East 1
London Victoria to Ashford International via Maidstone East 1
South Eastern Main Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Charing Cross to Ramsgate via Tonbridge 1 375
Peak Hours only:
London Charing Cross to Hastings 1 375
1
London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells 2 Peak Hours only:
  • Waterloo East, London Bridge, Orpington, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Tonbridge, High Brooms
Medway Valley Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Strood to Tonbridge 1
  • Supplemented during peak hours with an hourly service to Maidstone West
375
Metro - North Kent Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street via Greenwich (clockwise) 2
  • Services continue to/from London Cannon Street via Sidcup (see below).
London Charing Cross to Dartford via Blackheath and Abbey Wood 2
  • Waterloo East, London Bridge, Lewisham, Blackheath, Charlton, Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich Arsenal, Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith, Slade Green, Dartford
Metro - Bexleyheath Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Charing Cross to Dartford via Bexleyheath 2
London Victoria to Dartford via Bexleyheath 2 Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye, Nunhead, Lewisham, Blackheath, Kidbrooke, Eltham, Falconwood, Welling, Bexleyheath, Barnehurst
Metro - Sidcup Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street via Sidcup (anticlockwise) 2
  • Services continue to/from London Cannon Street via Greenwich (see above).
London Charing Cross to Gravesend via Sidcup 2
Metro - South Eastern Main Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Cannon Street to Orpington via Grove Park 2
London Charing Cross to Sevenoaks via Grove Park 2
Grove Park to Bromley North (branch line) 3 Sundridge Park 465
Metro - Hayes Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Cannon Street to Hayes 2
London Charing Cross to Hayes 2
  • London Bridge, Ladywell, Catford Bridge, Lower Sydenham, New Beckenham, Clock House, Elmers End, Eden Park, West Wickham
Metro - Chatham Main Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
London Victoria to Orpington via Beckenham Junction 2
  • Supplemented during peak hours with a half-hourly service to Bromley South.

Rolling stockEdit

SE Trains is operating the same electric multiple units as its predecessor. The remainder of the 30 Class 707s will enter service as they are released by South Western Railway.[8] Some Class 465 and Class 466s while still on lease have moved to Worksop for store by Harry Needle Railroad Company.[9]

Current FleetEdit

Family Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Bombardier Electrostar 375   EMU 100 160 10 3 Main line routes 1999–2005
102 4
376   75 120 36 5 Metro routes 2004–2005
377/1   100 160 2 4 Main line routes 2003
377/5   23 2008-2009
Hitachi AT300 395 Javelin   140 225 29 6 High Speed 1 services 2007–2009
Networker 465   75 120 147 4 Main line and metro routes 1991–1994
466   43 2
Desiro City 707 City Beam   100 161 18[1] 5 Metro routes 2015–2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Holden, Michael (11 January 2022). "South Western Railway extends Class 707 lease to boost capacity". RailAdvent. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  2. ^ "SE Trains Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Company information". www.southeasternrailway.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  4. ^ Southeastern stripped of franchise over undeclared funding BBC News 28 September 2021
  5. ^ Government to take over Southeastern after serious breach of franchise The Guardian 28 September 2021
  6. ^ British government takes over Southeastern franchise following franchise breach International Railway Journal 28 September 2021
  7. ^ Timetables London & South Eastern Railway
  8. ^ Autumn start set for Southeastern Class 707s The Railway Magazine issue 1445 August 2021 page 95
  9. ^ Class 465 & 466 Networker units put into store Rail Express issue 303 August 2021 page 30

External linksEdit

Preceded by Operator of South Eastern franchise
2021 -
Succeeded by
incumbent