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09 Jul 2018

Southeastern catches the #trainbow for LGBT+ Pride season

Southeastern catches the #trainbow for LGBT+ Pride season: #trainbow-1

Britain’s fastest domestic passenger train has been given a rainbow makeover demonstrating Southeastern’s commitment to the diverse communities that it serves across south east London and Kent.

Ahead of London Pride on Saturday 7 July, Southeastern unveiled a specially-livered train at St Pancras International station on Friday, accompanied by Southeastern employees. The train will run on all of Southeastern’s Highspeed routes until September, during which time passengers and photographers alike are invited to share their pictures of the train using the hashtag #trainbow on social media including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The train will be bringing the love to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) Pride events in London and Kent throughout the summer, bringing a splash of colour to London Pride (Saturday 7 July), Margate Pride (Saturday 11 August) and Folkestone Pride (Saturday 18 August). It will also be running on the same day as Tunbridge Wells Pride and Hastings Pride (Sunday 26 August), connecting with other Southeastern train services between Kent, East Sussex and London.

The idea for the #trainbow livery, applied to one of Southastern’s iconic Class 395 ‘Javelin’ trains used on the Highspeed service and travels at up to 140mph and connects London St Pancras with destinations across Kent, came from Southeastern’s own employees.

David Statham, Managing Director of Southeastern, said:

“I’m delighted to unveil Southeastern’s first-ever Pride-liveried train. It’s important for us, as a train company, to demonstrate our commitment to the diverse communities that we serve – and what better way to support the LGBT+ community across our network by bringing this special train to the Pride events taking place across Kent and East Sussex this summer.”

Scott Maynard, Human Resources Director at Southeastern, said:

“Our colleagues wanted to do something that demonstrated Southeastern’s proud championing of equality and inclusion, particularly among those who identify as LGBT+. We’re always keen to do even more to create a working environment that encourages all of our colleagues to bring their whole self to work – and this specially-liveried train is a fantastic symbol of that ongoing commitment.”

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

  1. Southeastern will be tweeting the times and routes of #trainbow – follow @se_railway and look out for announcements on customer information screens at our stations.
  2. The #trainbow livery was an initiative of Southeastern, designed and applied by train livery specialists Stewart Signs in collaboration with Southeastern and the train’s manufacturer and maintainer, Hitachi Rail Europe.
  3. The #trainbow unit is a Class 395 ‘Javelin’, numbered 395012 and comprised of six carriages. It was built at Kasado factory, Yamaguchi, Japan and delivered to the UK in 2009. The train operates on the ‘classic’ network in Kent as well as on High Speed 1, travelling at up to 140mph between Ashford, Ebbsfleet, Stratford and London St Pancras International.
  4. Southeastern has been running the train service between London and Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006. We operate one of the busiest networks in the country including the UK’s first domestic high speed service using 140mph Javelin trains. Southeastern is operated by Govia, a joint venture between leading transport operators Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (35%). Every weekday, 640,000 passenger journeys are taken on over 2,000 train services, using a fleet of 392 trains serving 180 stations, supported by over 4,000 employees.


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