A report on Southeastern (train operating company)

Southeastern's off-peak network

Train operator, owned by DfT OLR Holdings for the Department for Transport, that took over operating the South Eastern franchise in South East England from privately owned London & South Eastern Railway on 17 October 2021.

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Map of the Southeastern network (click to expand)

Southeastern (train operating company 2006–2021)

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British train operating company owned by Govia that operated passenger rail services in South East England.

British train operating company owned by Govia that operated passenger rail services in South East England.

Map of the Southeastern network (click to expand)
Class 375 Electrostar in the old livery
A at St Pancras railway station in 2012
Off-peak journey times from Kent towns to London using classic lines and High Speed 1 in October 2012

The Southeastern franchise was terminated early on 16 October 2021 and transferred to the Department for Transport-owned operator SE Trains, which is also trading as Southeastern, after an investigation into £25million of unaccounted for taxpayer money.

Connex South Eastern 465020 at Waterloo East in January 2003

South Eastern franchise

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Railway franchise for the provision of passenger services between London and Kent in South East England.

Railway franchise for the provision of passenger services between London and Kent in South East England.

Connex South Eastern 465020 at Waterloo East in January 2003
Southeastern (Govia) 375708 at Ashford International in June 2011

In September 2021, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that Southeastern's contract would end on 16 October 2021, with operations transferred to the DfT OLR Holdings-owned operator of last resort, SE Trains, which is continuing to operate under the Southeastern name.

DfT OLR Holdings

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Holding company established by the Department for Transport in the United Kingdom to act as operator of last resort for rail franchises that are nationalised.

Holding company established by the Department for Transport in the United Kingdom to act as operator of last resort for rail franchises that are nationalised.

As of May 2022, the company operates three active subsidiaries; London North Eastern Railway, Northern Trains and Southeastern.

Operator of last resort

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Business in the United Kingdom that operates a railway franchise, on behalf of the government, when a train operating company is no longer able to do so.

Business in the United Kingdom that operates a railway franchise, on behalf of the government, when a train operating company is no longer able to do so.

SE Trains has operated the South Eastern franchise since 17 October 2021, after the previous Govia-owned operator Southeastern (legally London & South Eastern Railway) was stripped of the franchise for not declaring £25 million of revenue. The new operator has continued to use the Southeastern brand.

Trains to and from Charing Cross go over Hungerford Bridge to cross the River Thames.

Charing Cross railway station

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Central London railway terminus between the Strand and Hungerford Bridge in the City of Westminster.

Central London railway terminus between the Strand and Hungerford Bridge in the City of Westminster.

Trains to and from Charing Cross go over Hungerford Bridge to cross the River Thames.
The front entrance of Charing Cross station in a 19th-century print. The Charing Cross is in front of the Charing Cross Hotel.
A replica of the Eleanor Cross in Charing Cross station forecourt
Express train to in 1957, showing the station roof before its late 1980s reconstruction
Cross section through Embankment station from 1914 showing the various London Underground lines beneath Charing Cross

All trains are operated by Southeastern, which provides the majority of commuter and regional services to south-east London and Kent.

The original London and Greenwich Railway station in December 1836

London Bridge station

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Central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Southwark, south-east London.

Central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Southwark, south-east London.

The original London and Greenwich Railway station in December 1836
A 1908 Railway Clearing House map of lines around the approaches to London Bridge
The proposed London Bridge joint station c. 1844
The South Eastern Station (left) and the temporary Brighton station c. 1850 after the demolition of the Joint station
The London Brighton and South Coast Railway station c. 1853
The two stations, as seen from the line c. 1853
Plan of the stations by 1888, with the SER's separate high- and low-level tracks, and the LB&SCR's new platforms 4, 5 and 6 and Terminus Hotel
The LB&SCR station in 1922 shortly before Southern Railway ownership. The Terminus Hotel is to the right of the picture
Central Section concourse before the 1978 rebuilding
The station approach before the 1978 rebuilding
Part of the new concourse under platforms 7–9.
The South Eastern Railway's former headquarters in Tooley Street, London, near London Bridge station.
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Track diagram
Northern line platforms
Jubilee line platforms

London Bridge is served by Southeastern services from Charing Cross and Cannon Street to destinations in southeast London, Kent and East Sussex and is a terminus for many Southern commuter and regional services to south London and numerous destinations in South East England.

The train shed under construction in 1868

St Pancras railway station

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Central London railway terminus on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

Central London railway terminus on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

The train shed under construction in 1868
A plan of St Pancras in 1888
The clock tower
The station was damaged by a bomb in May 1941 during the Blitz.
An express to Leicester awaiting departure in 1957
St Pancras, semi-derelict in 1984
The Meeting Place and the Olympic Rings for the 2012 Summer Olympics
St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel extension under construction
East side entrance from Pancras Road
Arriving on one of the Eurostar platforms
Interior of the station, with a Eurostar train awaiting departure on the left
An array of East Midlands Railway's Class 222s at London St Pancras International
Thameslink platforms at St Pancras (2007)
The high speed domestic platforms with Class 395 Javelins
Eurostar train at St Pancras International
French Border Police checkpoint at St Pancras, where entry immigration checks to the Schengen Area are carried out before boarding the train.
The Meeting Place sculpture at St Pancras
One of the pianos in the St Pancras concourse
Gilbert Scott's Grand Staircase inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
A Deutsche Bahn ICE3 train at St Pancras on 19 October 2010
One of the entrances to King's Cross St Pancras tube station from the St Pancras concourse.

It provides East Midlands Railway services to, , , and on the Midland Main Line, Southeastern high-speed trains to Kent via and , and Thameslink cross-London services to Bedford, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Horsham and Gatwick Airport.

Entrance to Waterloo East from Waterloo station prior to the completion of the retail balcony in 2012.

Waterloo East railway station

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Railway station in central London on the line from through London Bridge towards Kent, in the south-east of England.

Railway station in central London on the line from through London Bridge towards Kent, in the south-east of England.

Entrance to Waterloo East from Waterloo station prior to the completion of the retail balcony in 2012.
A 1910 Railway Clearing House map of lines around Waterloo – note the connecting line between Waterloo and Waterloo East.
Escalators leading to Waterloo East station from Southwark tube station.
Platform A view towards the Shard
Platform C and Platform D

Services through the station are operated by Southeastern and it is situated within fare zone 1.

Victoria Station in 1897, showing the separate Brighton (left) and Chatham (right) stations.

London Victoria station

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Central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Victoria, in the City of Westminster, managed by Network Rail.

Central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Victoria, in the City of Westminster, managed by Network Rail.

Victoria Station in 1897, showing the separate Brighton (left) and Chatham (right) stations.
The approaches to Victoria Station in 1912. The line leading to the station is top right, the 'Brighton line' (shown in green) is bottom left and the 'Chatham line' (pink) bottom right. The connection to the GWR and LNWR (purple) is top left.
Plan of Victoria Station as it was in 1888. The 'Chatham' side was rebuilt in 1906 and the 'Brighton' side in 1898–1908
The London Chatham and Dover Station as rebuilt by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.
The Eastern side in 1958
The Brighton side concourse in 1955
The Central side in 1961 with train from Tunbridge Wells West
The Golden Arrow leaving Victoria Station, 1953
Gatwick Express service at Victoria in 2003
Lines on the floor of the concourse leading to various facilities.
A 360° sphere view of the station concourse

Southern operates most commuter and regional services to south London, Sussex and parts of east Surrey, while Southeastern operates trains to south-east London and Kent, alongside limited services operated by Thameslink.

Cannon Street Railway Bridge, 2005

Cannon Street station

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Central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Travelcard zone 1 located on Cannon Street in the City of London and managed by Network Rail.

Central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station in Travelcard zone 1 located on Cannon Street in the City of London and managed by Network Rail.

Cannon Street Railway Bridge, 2005
Front of original station building, c. 1910
Original station viewed from the railway bridge, c. 1910
The station in 1923, in an etching by Ian Strang
Cannon Street station in 1969, showing the easterly of the twin towers
John Poulson's office block in 2007 prior to redevelopment
The Plumber's Apprentice by Martin Jennings, unveiled in 2011 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers whose Guild Hall was demolished to make way for the station.
Cannon Street station seen from The Shard, showing roof garden and twin towers
The station viewed from the south bank of the Thames, 2020

The station runs services by Southeastern, mostly catering for commuters in southeast London and Kent, with occasional services further into the latter.