The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) confirmed today that South Eastern
Trains will take over train operations from Connex on Sunday, 9 November
The announcement follows agreement with Connex Transport UK for an early
transfer of the business, which both sides have been working towards.
The company, a subsidiary of the SRA, will operate the services
throughout Kent, parts of Sussex and South East London until early 2005,
when the successful private sector bidder for the Integrated Kent
Franchise is expected to take over.
South Eastern Trains today began issuing posters and leaflets informing
passengers and confirming that the services operated, the staff who
provide them, and the validity of tickets will not change as a result of
Notes to Editors
- Further information about South Eastern Trains (SET), its senior
management and its plans, can be found on a press release issued by SET,
or by visiting www.setrains.co.uk SET is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
- On 26 June 2003, Connex Transport UK Ltd was placed on notice that its
South Eastern rail franchise would terminate no later than 31 December
- In October 2003, the SRA published a public consultation on its plans for
the Integrated Kent Franchise (IKF). The document can be found on the
SRA website, www.sra.gov.uk, under 'Publications / Consultation
The IKF is planned to include routes on the national rail network
currently operated by South Eastern throughout Kent, parts of Sussex and
South East London and - subject to satisfactory completion of the
transport and funding cases and Secretary of State approval - domestic
services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link when completed in 2007.
- The SRA announced in September 2003 that it had received 'expressions of
interest' in the Integrated Kent Franchise from 13 private sector
companies. The SRA will announce later this year details of the 3 - 5
companies that have been selected to receive an 'Invitation to Tender'
for the franchise, following the evaluation of Pre-Qualification
Documents it has received.
For further details contact the SRA Press Office: 020 7654 6339/6862/6387/6234