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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.

  • 24 Jul 2020

    Southeastern unveils face mask artwork on high speed service

    Two of Britain’s fastest domestic passenger trains have been given an eye-catching makeover with special ‘face mask’ artwork to remind passengers travelling across the network of the importance of wearing face coverings.

  • 21 Jul 2020

    Southeastern awards £400,000 to new community rail schemes across Kent and East Sussex

    • Five schemes to benefit from funding of new initiatives to boost tourism and spruce up stations
    • Funding will boost volunteering and help groups make a contribution to the local community
    • Two brand new schemes along the White Cliffs route and in Thanet will benefit alongside existing partnerships in Kent and East Sussex
  • 02 Jul 2020

    Southeastern achieves best ever passenger satisfaction in latest National Rail Passenger Survey

    • 83% passenger satisfaction is Southeastern’s best ever Spring NRPS result
    • 4th consecutive survey showing improved passenger satisfaction
    • 3% year-on-year increase bucks the regional trend, with other London and South East operators showing an average decline
    • Survey completed before COVID-19 lockdown measures
  • 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