|Main region(s)||Greater London, South East England|
|Stations called at||180|
|Parent company||DfT OLR Holdings|
|Dates of operation||17 October 2021–17 October 2027|
SE Trains Limited, trading as Southeastern, is a train operator, owned by DfT OLR Holdings for the Department for Transport, that took over operating the South Eastern franchise in South East England from privately owned London & South Eastern Railway (which also traded as Southeastern) on 17 October 2021.
In September 2021, the Department for Transport announced it would be terminating the South Eastern franchise operated by Govia-owned Southeastern after revenue declaration discrepancies involving £25 million of public money were discovered. SE Trains Limited, as an operator of last resort, took over the franchise on 17 October 2021, for a six-year period until 17 October 2027.
Southeastern is one of several train operators impacted by the 2022–2023 United Kingdom railway strikes, which are the first national rail strikes in the UK for three decades. Its workers are amongst those who are participating in industrial action due to a dispute over pay and working conditions.
Southeastern serves the main London stations of Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street, London Bridge, St Pancras, Victoria and Blackfriars. The network has route mileage of 540 miles (870 km), with 180 stations, 164 of which it manages.
Southeastern initially began trading operating the same routes and services as its predecessor. However, in December 2022, a new timetable was introduced aiming to reduce congestion, improve reliability and better match demand following the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of May 2023, the weekday off-peak service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), is:
|High Speed 1|
|London St Pancras International to Ramsgate via Faversham||1|
|London St Pancras International to Ramsgate via Dover Priory||1|
|London St Pancras International to Margate via Canterbury West||1|
|Chatham Main Line|
|London Victoria to Ramsgate via Faversham||1|
|London Victoria to Dover Priory via Faversham||1|
|London Victoria to Gillingham||1|
|Sittingbourne to Sheerness-on-Sea||1|
|London Victoria to Ashford International via Maidstone East||1|
|London Charing Cross to Maidstone East (semi-fast)||1|
|South Eastern Main Line|
|London Charing Cross to Dover Priory||1|
|London Charing Cross to Ramsgate via Canterbury West||1|
|London Charing Cross to Hastings (stopping)||1|
|London Charing Cross to Hastings (semi-fast)||1|
|Medway Valley Line|
|Strood to Paddock Wood via Maidstone West||2|
|Metro - North Kent Line|
|London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street via Greenwich and Woolwich Arsenal (clockwise)||2|
|London Cannon Street to Gravesend via Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal||2|
|Metro - Bexleyheath Line|
|London Cannon Street to London Cannon Street via Bexleyheath (anticlockwise)||2|
|London Victoria to Dartford via Bexleyheath||2|
|London Charing Cross to Dartford via Bexleyheath||1|
|Metro - Sidcup Line|
|London Charing Cross to Dartford via Lewisham and Sidcup||2|
|London Charing Cross to Gravesend via Sidcup||2|
|Metro - South Eastern Main Line|
|London Cannon Street to Orpington via Grove Park||2|
|London Charing Cross to Sevenoaks via Grove Park||2|
|Grove Park to Bromley North (branch line)||2||Sundridge Park|
|Metro - Hayes Line|
|London Charing Cross to Hayes||4|
|Metro - Chatham Main Line|
|London Victoria to Orpington via Beckenham Junction||2|
|Family||Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Carriages||Routes operated||Built|
|Bombardier Electrostar||375/3||EMU||100||160||10||3||Main line routes||1999–2005|
|377/5||100||160||23||4||Main line routes||2008–2009|
|Hitachi AT300||395 Javelin||140||225||29||6||High Speed 1 services||2007–2009|
|Networker||465/0||75||120||50||4||Main line and metro routes||1991–1994|
|466||36||2||Main line and metro routes||1993–1994|
|Siemens Desiro||707 City Beam||100||160||28||5||Metro routes||2015–2018|
|Family||Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Carriages||Routes operated||Year withdrawn|
|Bombardier Electrostar||377||EMU||100||160||2||4||Main line routes||2022|
- "Service Contract South Eastern" (PDF). Department for Transport. 16 October 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
- "SWR keeps last two '707s'". Modern Railways. No. 903. December 2023. p. 87.
- "SE Trains Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
- "Company information - Facts, figures and future plans from Southeastern, the rail network linking London with Kent and parts of East Sussex". SE Trains Ltd. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
- Southeastern stripped of franchise over undeclared funding BBC News 28 September 2021
- Government to take over Southeastern after serious breach of franchise The Guardian 28 September 2021
- British government takes over Southeastern franchise following franchise breach International Railway Journal 28 September 2021
- "Rail strike: RMT union votes for national action". BBC News. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
- "The dates of the train, Tube and bus strikes this week, and how services will be affected". inews.co.uk. 20 June 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
- "And Maintenance Support for New Rolling Stock for Southeastern [Tender Notice]". bidstats.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
- Smith, John (10 November 2022). "Southeastern could see new trains as tender for hundreds of carriages issued". Murky Depths. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
- "Explore our network - Take some time to check out our route map and plan your next trip". SE Trains Ltd. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
- "December 2022 Timetable Changes". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Train Timetables". Southeastern. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
- "Timetable 8: High Speed Lines". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Timetable 2: London to the Medway Towns, Sittingbourne, Sheerness, Faversham, Ramsgate and Dover". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Timetable 3a: London to Ashford via Maidstone East". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Timetable 1: London to Dover and Ramsgate via Tonbridge and Ashford". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Timetable 4: London and Sevenoaks to Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Battle and Hastings". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Timetable 3b: Tonbridge, Paddock Wood and Maidstone West to Strood". Southeastern. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
- "Timetable 5a: London to Dartford, Gravesend and the Medway Towns via Woolwich". Southeastern. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
- "Timetable 5b: London to Dartford via Bexleyheath". Southeastern. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
- "Timetable 5c: London to Dartford and Gravesend via Sidcup". Southeastern. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
- "Timetable 6b: London to Bromley North, Orpington and Sevenoaks via Grove Park". Southeastern. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
- "Timetable 6a: London to Catford Bridge, Elmers End and Hayes". Southeastern. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
- "Timetable 7: London to Bromley South, Orpington and Sevenoaks via Herne Hill". Southeastern. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
- "Units numbers 377 163 and 377 164 transfer from Southeastern to Southern exact dates. - a Freedom of Information request to SE Trains Limited". WhatDoTheyKnow. 13 December 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2023.