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23 Apr 2020

Southeastern trains toot salute for carers

Southeastern trains toot salute for carers: Twitter Card Covid19 MorseCode 3

  • 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

Southeastern trains across the network will #TootforCarers at 8pm on Thursday 23 April to coincide with the Clap for Carers initiative. The special salute will give thanks to NHS and care workers during the Covid-19 crisis.

The toot will be composed of one long blast, followed by eight shorter toots, spelling N-H-S in Morse code. NHS workers in hospitals and passengers living near railway tracks are being encouraged to listen out for the horn blasts and show their support on social media by sharing the fact they have heard them using the hashtag #TootforCarers.

Up to 50 trains in depots and at stations will be taking part across London, Kent and East Sussex. In Kent, residents living nearby Tonbridge station are set to hear the salute, as well as those living close to Slade Green, Ramsgate, Gillingham, St Leonards-On-Sea and Ashford depots.

While in London, trains at Victoria, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Hayes will be joining in. This is particularly significant given the location of key central London hospitals. It is hoped that NHS staff working at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals will hear the salute clearly.

Southeastern, which runs the network across South East London, Kent and parts of East Sussex is responsible for ensuring that all essential workers using the train service can reach their destinations safely. Employees are working round the clock to provide a safe environment and efficient service during the Covid-19 crisis.

David Statham, Managing Director for Southeastern said:

“We’ll be tooting for carers this Thursday evening to show our continued support to all those working for the NHS and in care roles. At Southeastern, we are immensely proud to play a part in keeping the country connected, so that those keeping us all safe can continue doing extraordinary work.

“Every day, our colleagues - from platform staff to train drivers - are inspired by the incredible work of those using our network. Our toot salute symbolises our immense thanks and praise.”

Contact information

Chris Vinson

Senior External Communications Manager


Notes to editors

For further information contact:

Southeastern Press Office

Ph: (0) 20 7592 7431



 About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, normally operating over 2,000 trains each weekday, carrying more than 600,000 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.

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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