Since April 2006, the Southeastern franchise has been operated by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group, a British private-sector transport company, and Keolis, which is owned by SNCF, the national state-owned rail operator in France. The franchise encompasses train services in south east London and Kent, including domestic high speed services on HS1. The franchise was originally intended to end in March 2014; however, owing to the Department for Transport’s refranchising debacle, Govia was directly awarded an extension to its franchise, which is now due to conclude in June 2018. Govia also operates the London Midland, Southern and Thameslink / Great Northern franchises.
• Do you use the Southeastern service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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