South Eastern franchise

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The South Eastern franchise, also known as the Integrated Kent franchise, is a railway franchise for providing passenger services between London and Kent in South East England.

History[change | change source]

1996: Connex South Eastern[change | change source]

Connex South Eastern began operating the franchise on 13 October 1996

On 8 November 2003, Its services were stopped because of money problems and using old trains instead of buying new ones.[1]

2003: South Eastern Trains[change | change source]

On 9 November 2003, South Eastern Trains, took over the franchise for 18 months. It took on all of the trains and the Connex staff.

2006: Southeastern (Govia)[change | change source]

In November 2005, Southeastern took over the franchise. It took on all of the trains.

In October 2021, Its services were stopped because it kept £25 million instead of paying it back to Department for Transport.[2]

2021: Southeastern (DfT)[change | change source]

On 17 October 2021, Southeastern took over the franchise. It took on all of the trains and staff. They had also kept the same name and same logos.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Connex loses rail franchise", BBC News Online, London, 24 October 2000.
  2. Topham, Gwyn; Kollewe, Julia (28 September 2021). "Government to take over Southeastern after 'serious' breach of franchise". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 August 2022.