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Southeastern franchise process officially scrapped with another extension for current operator

DfT placed minimal conditions on rail companies

Yet another short-term extension of the Southeastern franchise has been announced this morning with GoVia running the service until April 2020.

Alongside that news it was announced that the process for the next franchise has been officially scrapped. GoVia was one of just two bidders after Stagecoach dropped out.

Tired interiors on 25 year old trains with floors “bubbling up”

The cancellation of the next franchise is no great surprise with the Department for Transport being taken to court by operators including Stagecoach after issues with franchise bidding processes. A review of the entire franchise process is also underway.

Tired trains

Commuters now face even longer in limbo with little to no long-term planning or strategy to cope with growth. Indeed, a reduction could be coming in 2020 with some Southeastern trains not compatible with new standards for disabled passengers.




  1. Paul SuperUnknown

    Perhaps, now, with Serial Failure, Chris Grayling gone, TfL can take over, as it had been supposed previously. Oh, what a joy that would be! Station Attendants, Investment, a proper accounting of rider numbers, along with the attendant increase in fares collected, vis a vis Erith Station.

  2. Federico Grillo

    Let’s pressure the transport department to solve this once and for all.

  3. Plumstead Resident

    Can they really tender, award and transition to a new provider in eight months? Methinks another extension is on the horizon, unless Labour win and decide to nationalise.

  4. Bayles

    What will this mean for the franchise requirements in 2022? Does this mean those changes won’t go ahead? Because most of those proposed services were batty and made no sense

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