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30 Oct 2018

Milestone reached for major deep-clean of Southeastern's train fleet

Milestone reached for major deep-clean of Southeastern's train fleet: 05-8

  • Major deep-clean programme on Southeastern trains passes half-way point
  • Over 16,000 windows and six miles of carpets cleaned on our trains

June this year saw the start of a major deep cleaning programme on all 338 of our Mainline and Metro trains.  The special project is now at its halfway point, with the last train due to be delivered in April 2019.

We have:

  • Cleaned almost 6 miles of carpets
  • Washed more than 16,500 windows
  • Used 20,000 hours of resource
  • Cleaned 313 lavatories
  • Replaced 3,500 seat covers
  • Re-filmed 6,500 windows to protect against graffiti
  • Replaced 800 seat cushions

Mark Johnson, Engineering Director for Southeastern said:

“Our trains are cleaned daily but the difference with this project is that it has brought together exterior hand cleaning, polishing, deep interior clean and enhanced repairs to the interiors. So far we have used 20,000 hours of resource and we do hope that our passengers are starting to notice a difference”.

The project has all been delivered by a team of cleaners and engineers, partnering with Servest.

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

For further information contact:

Southeastern Press Office

Phone: 0330 095 9091 (24-hours)



About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating over 2000 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers a day, serving 176 stations and covering 540-miles of railway infrastructure.

Southeastern is owned by Govia, a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent).

Govia is the most enduring partnership between transport operators delivering rail franchises in this country.

It is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for 28.7 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its four rail companies, Southern, Southeastern, Govia Thameslink Railway and London Midland Further information on Govia is available at:

Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors.

Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management.


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