Campaign to Keep Southeastern Public

Re-nationalised October 2021

From April 2006 to October 2021 the Southeastern franchise was operated by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group, a British private-sector transport company, and Keolis, which is 70% 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. In October 2021, Govia was stripped of the franchise for failing to declare more than £25m of taxpayer funding.

The franchise is now operated on behalf of the Department for Transport by its so-called “Operator of Last Resort”, a partnership of Arup Group, EY and SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, which also operates the London North Eastern Railway and Northern franchise.

• Do you use the Southeastern service regularly?
• Do you want it to remain in public hands and become 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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Existing Campaigns / Groups:

Stop Southeastern Trains (Govia) from being awarded franchise renewal

Great Train Franchise Robbery

Support the public ownership of London’s suburban rail network as part of publicly-owned Transport for London

Remove the rail franchise from Southeastern

Sort it, Southeastern (run by Conservative councillor!)