The London termini of its services are Charing Cross, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Birdge and Victoria. Southeastern operate on of track, with 182 stations. 82% of its train services run into London.
It is owned by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group and Keolis, who also operate the neighbouring Southern operating company which overlaps with Southeastern in some areas. The company’s formal name, under which it mounted its bid for the franchise, is London and South Eastern Railway. Although it continued to use the logo and livery of its predecessor for its first year of operations, a new company logo was adopted early in 2007 and stations, beginning with Waterloo East, have begun to be re-painted under the new corporate colour scheme. In August 2007, a Class 508 train was painted in a new trial livery, although the company has stated that the exact design is yet to be finalised.
The first electrostar to receive Southeastern's revised livery is No 375624. This unit was seen at London Victoria on 24 January 2008, (the unit being delivered after repairs at Ilford on 4 January), and pictured in The Railway Magazine April 2008 issue.
Current services off-peak until the December 2008 timetable change. Originating from the London termini, these services are
Most trains to Cannon Street and to Charing Cross call here.
Other services include;
A fleet of twenty-nine six-carriage Shinkansen-derived high-speed ‘A-trains’ have already been ordered from Hitachi for this route. This is Hitachi’s first train sale in Britain. They will be known as Class 395 when in service. The first train will be named after Dame Kelly Holmes, a British gold-medal athlete, with further trains to be named after British personalities associated with speed. The colour scheme for the high-speed trains will be dark blue - using the same corporate colour as their logo.
High-speed services are expected to begin in December 2009, but the first four trains were delivered in 2007 for testing and driver training.
Current plans call for the company to operate up to seven high-speed trains per hour at peak times, with four trains per hour off-peak. These trains will only run at high speed on High Speed 1 itself; at some point each will switch over to conventional track and need to run at reduced speeds alongside conventional trains. In the table below, stations falling on the high-speed portion of the trip are boldfaced.
|London – Ebbsfleet||2 tph||London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet|
|London – Rochester||1.5 tph||London St Pancras, Stratford, Gravesend, Higham, Strood, Rochester|
|London – Broadstairs||1.5 tph||London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Birchington on Sea, Margate, Broadstairs|
|London – Dover/Margate||2 tph||London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet, Ashford International (train divides)||Wye, Canterbury West, Sturry, Minster, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate|
|Sandling, Folkestone West, Folkestone Central, Dover Priory|
|London – Faversham||2 tph||London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet, Gravesend, Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Sittingbourne, Faversham|
|London – Ramsgate||1 tph||London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet, Ashford International, Canterbury West, Ramsgate|
|London – Dover||1 tph||London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet, Ashford International, Folkestone West, Folkestone Central, Dover Priory|
These plans are still tentative, and the off-peak services have been changed from the Department for Transport specification. In July 2006 it was announced that the Shakespeare Tunnels would be upgraded by Network Rail to allow high speed trains to reach Dover Priory. A campaign was fought for the off-peak services on the Chatham main line to terminate at Faversham rather than Sittingbourne and as a result, the services will now run to Faversham but will not call at Higham. The calling pattern during the two hour peaks still has to be confirmed, the DfT specification shown above.
The opening of the second phase of High Speed 1 in November 2007 made available train paths that had previously been used by Eurostar, allowing Southeastern to increase services in December 2007.
Margate - 3 trains per hour; 1 Javelin via Ashford, 2 via Faversham to Victoria
Dover Priory - 5 trains per hour; 1 Javelin via Ashford, 2 slow via Tonbridge (one starting/terminating here, one continuing to/starting from Ramsgate), 2 via Faversham to Victoria
Ashford International - 6 trains per hour; 2 Javelins, 2 slow via Tonbridge, 2 via Maidstone East
Hastings - 2 trains per hour; 1 all stations to Sevenoaks, one semi - fast via Battle and Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells - 4 trains per hour; 1 all stations to Sevenoaks, 2 Semi - Fast not calling at Orpington, 1 semi - fast calling at Orpington
Tonbridge - 6 trains per hour; 2 from Ashford, 2 from Hastings, 2 from Tunbridge Wells
Sevenoaks - 10 trains per hour; 2 to Kentish Town, 2 slow via Grove Park, 6 fast from Tonbridge and beyond
Orpington - 12 trains per hour; 4 to Victoria via Bromley, 2 to Cannon Street via Grove Park, 2 to Charing Cross via Grove Park, 4 Kent fast service from Tonbridge and beyond.
Maidstone East - 2 trains per hour from Ashford
Otford - 4 trains per hour; 2 from Ashford, 2 from Sevenoaks
Gillingham - 7 trains per hour; 1 slow to Victoria, 2 from Dover/Ramsgate, 2 Javelins, 2 semi - fast via Woolwich
Meopham - 3 trains per hour; 1 from Gillingham, 2 from Dover P / Ramsgate
Swanley - 3 trains per hour; 1 from Gillingham, 2 from Sevenoaks
Gravesend - 6 trains per hour; 2 Javelin, 2 slow via Sidcup, 2 semi - fast via Woolwich
Ebbsfleet International - 4 domestic trains per hour
Stratford International - 4 domestic trains per hour
Hayes - 4 trains per hour; 2 slow to Cannon Street, 2 semi fast to Charing Cross (fast from Ladywell to London Bridge)
Dartford - 10 trains per hour; 2 to Victoria via Bexleyheath, 2 to Charing Cross via Bexleyheath, 2 semi - fast via Woolwich and Blackheath from Gillingham, 2 to Charing Cross via Sidcup, 2 slow via Greenwich
Sidcup - 4 trains per hour; 2 Cannon Street loops from Woolwich and Sidcup, 2 from Gravesend
Slade Green - 6 trains per hour, all via Woolwich; 4 from Dartford, 2 Start at Slade Green
Woolwich Arsenal - 8 trains per hour; 2 Fast from Gillingham, 2 from Slade Green, 4 from Dartford. Only 2 to Charing Cross
Eltham - 6 trains per hour; 4 from Dartford, 2 beginning at Barnehurst
Lewisham - 14 trains per hour; 2 from Hayes, 2 from Orpington, 2 Cannon Street loops from Sidcup, 2 from Barnehurst, 4 from Dartford, 2 from Gillingham
Bromley South - 11 trains per hour; 1 from Gillingham, 2 from Dover P / Ramsgate, 2 from Sevenoaks, 4 from Orpington, 2 from Ashford
Herne Hill - 4 trains per hour; 4 from Orpington
Like its sister franchise Southern, Southeastern is committed to introducing Oyster Pay As You Go (PAYG) on its London routes but is yet to implement.
Figures released by the ORR rate punctuality at 92.3% (PPM) over the fourth quarter of the financial year 2007/8 and 90.5% (MAA) for the 12 months up to March 30 2008.
Southeastern operate a fleet of about four hundred trains, all of which are electrical multiple units.
|Class||Image||Top speed||Number||Cars per set||Routes operated||Built||Notes|
|Class 375/3 Electrostar||100||160||10||3||Mainline routes||2001-2002|
|Class 375/6 'Electrostar''||100||160||30||4||Mainline routes||1999-2001|
|Class 375/7/8 Electrostar||100||160||30||4||Mainline routes||1999-2001|
|Class 375/9 Electrostar||100||160||27||4||Mainline routes||2001-2003|
|Class 376 Suburban Electrostar||75||120||36||5||Metro routes||2004-2005|
|Class 465/0 Networker||75||120||50||4||Metro routes||1991-1993|
|Class 465/1 Networker||75||120||47||4||Metro routes||1993|
|Class 465/2 Networker||75||120||15||4||Metro routes||1993|
|Class 465/9 Networker||75||120||34||4||Metro and limited Mainline routes||2005-2006|
|Class 466 Networker||75||120||43||2||Metro routes||1993-1994|
|Class 508/2||75||120||6||3||Rural routes||1979-1980|
|Class||Image||Top speed||Number||Cars per set||Routes operated||Built||Notes|
|Class 395||140||225||29||6||High Speed 1 services||2006-2009||Based on Japanese Bullet Trains|
|Class 377||100||160||11||4||Thameslink services Sevenoaks to St Pancras||2009||Part of planned batch of 23 with First Capital Connect|
|Class 319||100||160||20||4||Sevenoaks to Blackfriars services||1987-1990||Built originally for Thameslink. Fitted with dual-voltage power equipment for running north of Farringdon when the Thameslink Programme is completed.|