South Eastern Trains
Franchise(s)South Eastern
9 November 2003 – 31 March 2006
Main region(s)Greater London, Kent
Other region(s)East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey
Fleet sizeapproximately 350
Stations called at178
Parent companyStrategic Rail Authority (publicly owned)
Reporting markSE
PredecessorConnex South Eastern

South Eastern Trains (stylised as Southeastern) was a publicly owned train operating company that operated the South Eastern Passenger Rail Franchise between November 2003, when it took over from Connex South Eastern, and 1 April 2006, when Southeastern began operating the new Integrated Kent franchise.


South Eastern Trains began operating the South Eastern franchise from November 2003, taking over after the franchise was removed from Connex South Eastern.[1] On 18 January 2005 the Strategic Rail Authority issued the Integrated Kent franchise Invitation to Tender to the shortlisted bidders.[2]

On 30 November 2005 the Department for Transport awarded Govia the Integrated Kent franchise. The services operated by South Eastern Trains transferred to Southeastern on 1 April 2006.[3]


Main lines

The railway lines of Kent, many of which South Eastern Trains ran services on

From London termini (London Victoria, London Bridge, London Charing Cross, London Blackfriars and London Cannon Street) unless otherwise stated;

Suburban lines

The suburban services (called ‘Metro’ in the SET timetables) ran to:

Rural lines

Rolling stock

South Eastern Trains inherited a fleet of Class 365, Class 375, Class 411, Class 421, Class 423, Class 508, Class 465 and Class 466s from Connex South Eastern. During its tenure South Eastern Trains introduced the remaining Class 375s into service as well as the full Class 376 fleet. All remaining Class 411, Class 421 and Class 423s were withdrawn and scrapped by October 2005,[4] while the Class 365s were transferred to West Anglia Great Northern in 2004.[5] Rolling stock was maintained at Ashford and Ramsgate depots.


  1. ^ "Train firm loses franchise". BBC News. 27 June 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  2. ^ Strategic Rail Authority (January 2005). Integrated Kent Franchise Stakeholder Briefing Document. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Department for Transport announces integrated Kent franchise" (Press release). Department for Transport. 30 November 2005. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Last journey for slam-door train". BBC News. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  5. ^ Southern Railway E-Group (17 May 2004). "Class 365".
Preceded byConnex South Eastern Operator of South Eastern franchise 2003 – 2006 Succeeded bySoutheastern (Govia)Integrated Kent franchise