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This section of our site gives all of our latest news and press releases on changes and improvements to Southeastern train services as well as articles on the transport industry as a whole.

  • 19 May 2020

    Southeastern launches £400,000 community rail fund

    • Southeastern invites local groups and community organisations to bid for grant funding for community rail activities
    • A total of £400,000 is available over 2 years to 2022
    • Deadline for submissions is Friday 19 June 2020
  • 07 May 2020

    Say 'Thank You' with a Tweet: Southeastern launches new campaign to give thanks to NHS and key worker heroes

    • Southeastern to post public #ThankYou tweets across the network on May 14
    • Passengers and public encouraged to send messages to @SE_Railway from today
    • Platform departure boards will display individual messages across London, Kent and East Sussex
    • Southeastern will also highlight dedications to loved ones and family
  • 23 Apr 2020

    Southeastern trains toot salute for carers

    • Up to 50 trains will be taking part across London, Kent and East Sussex at 8pm on Thursday 23 April
    • Their special horn toots will spell out N-H-S in Morse code
    • The public is being encouraged to listen out for the special toot and show their support on social media using #TootforCarers
  • 09 Apr 2020

    Train companies follow Southeastern to offer free travel to those fleeing domestic abuse during coronavirus lockdown

    • Train companies announce they will cover the cost of train tickets for anyone travelling to refuge accommodation while coronavirus lockdown measures are in force, in a joint initiative with Women’s Aid.
    • Announcement comes in response to campaigners reporting an increase in domestic violence reports since coronavirus lockdown measures came into force.
    • The industry-wide scheme follows the successful launch of a similar initiative by Southeastern prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • 03 Apr 2020

    Use your common sense plea as the sun comes out

    Kent residents are being reminded to avoid unnecessary travel to coastal areas and other popular open spaces this weekend as efforts continue to curb the spread of Covid-19.

  • 30 Mar 2020

    Southeastern confirms new Direct Award Contract

    Southeastern today confirms that the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a Direct Award Contract to Govia (a subsidiary of the Go Ahead Group (65%) and Keolis (35%)) to continue operating the Southeastern franchise.

  • 20 Mar 2020

    Coronavirus travel update: Reduced service timetable

    • Reduced Southeastern timetable will be introduced from Monday 23 March
    • All stations will remain open to allow key workers to make essential journeys
    • Please follow the government advice, and only travel if your journey is absolutely essential
  • 06 Mar 2020

    Britain’s first ‘all female operated’ train service runs today

    • Network Rail and Southeastern launch landmark day for women in UK rail
    • All female train crew and signallers team up in commuter first
    • Network Rail to increase female workforce by 50% by 2024
    • Southeastern reveals one in five staff are women following pledge to increase diversity
  • 04 Mar 2020

    New ‘rail to refuge’ scheme offers free train travel to women fleeing domestic abuse

    Women fleeing domestic abuse can now apply for free train travel to refuge accommodation, through Women’s Aid’s new ‘rail to refuge’ scheme, supported by Southeastern and Great Western Railway.

  • 26 Feb 2020

    Southeastern rolls out pancake celebrations

    Today, Southeastern has surprised passengers travelling on its network by changing London St Pancras to ‘London St Pancake’ on all display screens to celebrate the day.