22 June 2017
Passenger transport operator Keolis UK has been shortlisted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to rebid for the Southeastern rail franchise with its joint venture partner Go-Ahead.
The partners’ long-term joint venture, Govia (Go-Ahead 65%, Keolis 35%), has operated the franchise since 2006 under the Southeastern brand. It will now put forward a bid to retain the franchise from December 2018.
Alistair Gordon, CEO, Keolis UK, said: “Southeastern is one of the UK’s most advanced rail networks and, in delivering 640,000 passenger journeys every weekday, it is a vital part of the region’s economic infrastructure. Alongside Go-Ahead, we have helped to transform the service over the last decade, significantly boosting passenger numbers, capacity and introducing customer-focused innovations like smart-ticketing. We hope to continue our journey under a new franchise.”
The Southeastern franchise includes the UK’s only high speed domestic service, HS1. Govia has invested £120m in station improvements and major customer service initiatives since the start of the franchise.