THE CURRENT Southeastern franchise, operated by Govia, is to be extended for a further 12 weeks.
A new franchise had been planned to start on 1 April, but this has now been deferred to 23 June following the extension. The Department for Transport had planned to announce the winner of the new franchise during autumn 2018 but confirmed in November that the announcement would take place in the New Year.
Govia has operated Southeastern since April 2006, with direct award arrangements in place since October 2014. Alongside the incumbent, shortlisted bidders for the new deal are Stagecoach in a joint venture with Alstom, and Abellio in a joint venture with East Japan Railway and Mitsui.