The South East route covers the network from London across Kent, parts of Surrey, East and West Sussex
The South East route is the busiest and most congested in the country, connecting the capital and its southern and southeastern suburbs with Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Europe.
Around 5,000 passenger trains run every day over almost 2,000 miles of track.
We manage five of the 20 busiest stations in the country – London Victoria, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Cannon Street and St Pancras International (on behalf of HS1 Ltd) – and more than 500 million passengers travel on our lines every year. That’s 30 per cent of all passenger journeys in Britain, which is why we’re working hard to increase capacity and reliability across the route.
Almost 68,000 passengers travel on this route into central London during the peak hour of 8am to 9am each weekday, while many more travel to key interchange points such as Clapham Junction and East Croydon, or commute to and from important regional centres such as Brighton, Eastbourne, Crawley, Maidstone and the Medway Towns.
Although commuters make up the largest proportion of passengers on the South East route, people travelling to and from Gatwick – the UK’s second largest airport – make up another of its main passenger groups.
Main railway lines:
- Brighton Mainline from London Victoria and London Bridge to Brighton
- South Eastern Mainline from Charing Cross to Dover Priory via Tonbridge and Ashford
- Chatham Mainline from London Victoria to Dover Priory and Ramsgate via Chatham
- Hastings Mainline from London Charing Cross to Hastings via Tunbridge Wells
- Network Rail High Speed Ltd maintains and operates High Speed 1 from St Pancras International to Folkestone.
We work closely with local communities to promote safety by the railway. Find out more on our community safety page.
Projects in South East
South East news
East Sussex passengers advised to plan ahead this November as railway closes for four days
Network Rail engineers will be carrying out the final phase of work on a £25m project to upgrade the old signalling system on the line between Lewes and Seaford with modern, more reliable technology to…
London Bridge station named on shortlist for RIBA Stirling Prize 2019
The RIBA Stirling Prize is given to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year for the evolution of architecture and the built environment. The winner will be announced…
2019 Diversity & Inclusion conference brings 200 Network Rail, Southeastern and GTR delegates together to drive change
The first joint Rail Diversity and Inclusion conference in London was a resounding success, with feedback on the day ranging from “inspirational” to “thought-provoking”. The conference highlighted how the industry can do more to improve…