Southeastern covers the south east of England, including Kent and parts of East Sussex, as well as the south eastern suburbs of London. The network was redesigned and enhanced in December 2009 with the full introduction of the High speed rail service. This new service considerably cut the journey times to many key towns which it serves.
The HS1 operated by Southeastern is the world’s only high speed rail route dedicated to commuters.
Since its launch in 2009 the service has grown every year, taking passenger journeys to 640,000 every weekday.
We drew on the knowledge of our parent SNCF to help recast the Southeastern timetable to support the new high speed service, as well as their expertise in a number of significant other operational areas.
For London 2012, Southeastern’s high speed trains provided the Javelin shuttle service between Ebbsfleet, Stratford International and St Pancras, carrying over 2.4 million people during the Games.