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Southeastern has announced that the Department for Transport has awarded a Direct Award Contract to Govia to continue operating the Southeastern franchise.
Govia is made up of the Go Ahead Group (65%) and Keolis (35%).
The new contract starts on 1 April 2020 and will run until 16 October 2021, with the option to extend until 31 March 2022.
In the short term, Southeastern will be focusing on providing train services for key workers during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Into the future, Southeastern will be looking to make a number of passenger improvements including boosting capacity as more trains become available.
The new arrangement is a management contract, which was announced in the DfT’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced on 23 March 2020.
What did the officials say?
David Statham, Southeastern Managing Director, said:
“We continue to work with our industry partners to ensure that services are available to get people working in healthcare, food and other vital public services where they need to be. When customers are able to begin travelling as normal, we look forward to reconnecting our communities and further improving capacity, performance and customer satisfaction”.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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