Keolis joint venture retains Southeastern, one of the busiest rail networks in the UK

9th April 2020

On 30 March 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded Govia, the joint venture (JV) between Keolis and Go-Ahead Group, an extension to its current contract to operate the Southeastern railway network, in the London area, up to 31st March 2022. The UK’s first high speed rail network, Southeastern is also one of the busiest rail networks in the UK, carrying over 180 million passengers per year. This extended contract will enable Keolis and its partner to boost capacity and punctuality of the network and, in the short term, to focus on providing services for key workers during the Covid-19. 

Govia, the joint venture (JV) between Keolis (35%) and its partner Go-Ahead (65%) has secured a direct award contract from the Department for Transport (DfT) to continue operating the Southeastern railway network. Commencing on 1st April 2020, the contract will run for 18 months, with the option to extend by a further six months until 31st March 2022.

Bernard Tabary, CEO International at Keolis

"We are delighted with the confidence placed by the DfT in Keolis and our partner Go-Ahead to pursue the operations of one of the UK’s busiest networks. The role of Southeastern in supporting British workers during this unprecedented time has never been more important. We’re proud of our track record at Southeastern that we have been operating for 14 years and the improvements we have delivered for passengers in recent years. This new contract is an opportunity for us to build on those successes and continue delivering improvements to the passenger experience."

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