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Feedback from our passengers consistently tells us that providing timely and reliable information, particularly when things go wrong, is one of the biggest priorities for our passengers. 

The industry has developed a Code of Practice for Passenger Information During Disruption (PIDD) which can be downloaded here which sets out the requirements and standards that all Train Operating Companies, including Southeastern, should adhere to in respect of information provision. 

We have a number of tools and channels that are available for passengers to find out the latest information both before, during and after the journey. These include our app, website, Live Disruption map as well as the services provided by National Rail Enquiries and other 3rd parties. We also provide information through Social Media, live from our Control Room 24/7

Full details of the information services that are available are detailed in our PIDD Delivery Plan which can be downloaded here.

How requests for information are handled at the station 

As well as tools for our passengers, we have several internal systems that enable our colleagues to have the latest information to assist with passenger enquiries. These include live maps show in the real-time location of trains and internal messaging systems providing a live feed from our Control room.

How information about train schedules, tariffs and platforms is provided

Through our website we provide several journey planning tools including; 

  • Journey Planner: incorporating real-time information about delays, disruption and platform numbers our journey planner provides details of journeys between any stations on the GB rail network, and includes details of alternative routes that passengers may need to take during disruption. Information is provided up to 12 weeks in advance of travel and also includes fares and the ability to purchase on-line.
  • Downloadable timetables: Covering all Southeastern routes, including SeatFinder timetables that indicate those trains which are expected to be busy. These can be found on our timetables page
  • Engineering work: Details of planned changes to our timetables for maintenance and improvement work are available on our planned engineering work page.  
  • Live Departure Boards: showing upcoming departures (and arrivals) for any station on the GB rail network. These include the platform number (when it’s confirmed) together with the latest status of the train, including details of delays or cancellations and the reasons for these. Our live departure boards will also show the number of coaches on the train (where available) together with the usual seat availability (for most Southeastern services).
  • Southeastern app: Providing personalised real-time information and journey planning for the GB rail network together with the ability to purchase tickets and pre-load our smartcard, The Key. You'll also find SeatFinder information to see how busy your train will be and toilet availability data for your train.
    Our Southeastern app is available for download from Google Play or the App Store.


Ticket buying facilities 

All of our stations have self-service ticket purchasing facilities and most stations have a ticket office. Details of ticket office opening hours are available on our station information page.  

We also provide our contactless smartcard, The Key which can be loaded online, via the Southeastern app as well as at stations.

Tickets can also be purchased online or via the Southeastern app for all journeys on the GB rail network.


Availability of staff at the station for information provision and ticket sales 

A significant number of our stations have staff on-hand to assist passengers with information about their journey and to purchase tickets. For details of those stations which have staff-on hand, together with the times they are available, visit our station information page.

Where a station doesn’t have staff available, a “Help Point” is provided which passengers can use to connect with one of the team, 24 hours a day. 


How information to disabled people and persons with reduced mobility is provided 

Passenger journey information  

All Southeastern stations, and the stations at which we call have Customer Information Screens (CIS). These display details of the next train to depart the station, as well as calling points. In addition, most of our stations have a public address (PA) system which provides audio details of the information displayed on the screens.  

All Southeastern trains have Passenger Information System (PIS) which provide visual updates of the journey and automatic announcements about the stations the train will call at. Where we have on board staff, such as conductors or On Board Managers they will also do their best to walk through the train to provide information to all passengers.  

During planned disruption any passengers booking assistance, are advised by our customer services team in advance of travel.  

We are currently reviewing how we update and what accessibility information is available at stations and on our website during planned disruption. When there is disruption affecting a journey this will be displayed on customer information screens and through PA announcements at stations. The on board staff on trains will also make announcements about delays, diversions or terminations of service. 

You can access information about disruption on our live travel information page, the Southeastern app, through our twitter feed @SE_Railway or by checking National Rail Enquiries (NRE).

You can access information about planned disruption at stations on our planned engineering work page or through National Rail Enquiries, which will give details of the accessibility of rail replacement services.  

Changes to working facilities at stations will be posted as an alert message on the corresponding National Rail Enquiries station page. We have also introduced messages about non-working lifts to our station customer information systems so that when a train is going to be calling at a station where the lift is currently not working, this will automatically be announced on the station display so passengers can make alternative arrangements with our staff.  

We will do our best to display signage at stations that are affected, such as a lift being out of service, to make all passengers aware. If you are on a station or train and notice that something is out of order, please make station or on board staff aware. You can tweet us @SE_Railway, or contact our Passenger Assist team if you are on a train and unable to get the train crew’s attention.  

If any facilities have been changed from what you expected or booked, our staff will work with you to find the best travel solution for you. 

Information points, help points and contact centres 

Information on the services Southeastern operates and services operated by train companies that run through stations we manage can be found at our ticket offices, which are also information points on our stations when open. Information about fares, timetables and connections can also be found here, as well as up to date information about any delays or disruptions affecting rail services. They will also be able to confirm any bookings made for the Passenger Assist service. These information points are indicated using the universal ‘I’ sign for information.  

The meeting point for booked Passenger Assist will be at the ticket office, the gateline (if there is one), or the platform office. At unstaffed stations when boarding a service with on board staff, please wait on the platform. You can check out our station information page where you'll find each station meeting point is listed. 

If you need information about the accessibility of other forms of transport from the station (such as buses, London Underground, trams, metro and taxis), our staff will do the best they can to help you. They may not have access to this information but they will be able to help you with where you can find it.  

We’ll make sure that information regarding the services we provide is kept up to date and continuously made available to other train companies and station operators – including information regarding delays, diversions or other events that may impact your journey.  

If you require live train running information on the day of travel then please speak to a member of station staff, use the Southeastern app, follow us on Twitter @Se_Railway or use our journey planner.  

At our larger stations we will have leaflets and posters available regarding our services and those of other train operators who serve the station. These will be placed at varying heights accessible to you. We also provide posters on our stations, which give you information about local services and transport available from that station, as well as indicating the nearest staffed station if required.  

You can find Help Points at all of our stations where you can speak directly to an operator who can make arrangements to assist you.  

Information regarding all national train services is also available by contacting National Rail Enquiries:

Tel: 03457 48 49 50
Website: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Text Direct: 0345 60 50 600 (for people who are hard of hearing or deaf) 

Websites  

We continue to develop our websites to ensure they meet AA Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance, an industry-recognised standard for web content accessibility.  

The Southeastern website has been designed to work with screen readers, magnifiers, voice over software and in-browser accessibility functions. To help you find the information you need we also provide a link to our Accessibility content from our homepage.  

It has everything you need to help you book assistance and purchase a ticket to travel (including details of discounts available to disabled passengers). It also includes a direct link to our station information, which includes details of onboard and station facilities, as well as station accessibility details and staff availability.  

In addition, there’s a link to enable you to access the Making Rail Accessible customer leaflet and details of how to obtain it in accessible formats. You will find information on how you can provide feedback or make a complaint and we include information on the availability of redress for when assistance has not been delivered as booked. You will also find links to other relevant information. 

You can also book Passenger Assist and track your requests through the new Southeastern app. 
Create an Accessibility Profile to make booking Passenger Assist even faster. 
Download our new app for free the App Store or Google Play

For further information check our Accessible travel policy.

Delays

Overall average delay of services in % per category of service (internation, domestic long-distance, regional and urban/suburban)

Avg. Mins delay per service   2021
Mainline 1.6
Metro 0.7
Highspeed 1.4
Southeastern 1.1

% delay at departure 2021:
10.6%

% delay at arrival 2021 (of which):
On time - 78.1%

% delay of less than 60 mins, 60-119 mins, 120 mins or more  2021 
 1-60 @Term  21.8%
 60-119 @Term  0.0%
 120+ @Term  0.0%

Disruptions

Running one of the most intensive rail services in the UK means that unfortunately things can occasionally go wrong. 

When this happens, we work closely with Network Rail and have a number of contingency plans which our operational teams in our joint Control Centre are able to deploy to help keep trains moving and minimise disruption. 

For certain events, such as Severe Weather, we have several pre-prepared timetables which will be published on our website when they are introduced. 

Cancellations of services as part of all services in % per category of service (long-distance, regional and urban/suburban).

 All Cancellations  2021
 Mainline  2.0%
 Metro  1.7%
 Highspeed  1.7%

Cleaning intervals

The periodicity of the cleaning:

  • Daily turn round clean (stations & depots) – each time a unit terminates at a hub station, both Metro and Main Line or berths in a depot
  • Elements of on train cleaning – daily
  • Overnight clean – all units receive this clean every night at all berthing locations
  • 28 days heavy clean, applies to all units


Technical measurement for air quality (e.g. level of CO2 in ppm) of the HVAC and ventilation systems

 Fleet Total Seats (Current)   Seat Per Vehicle  Ventilation Rate CO2 Level   Comments
 375/3 Electrostar  176  60 (DMOSA)  30m3/hr/psp Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K
 375/6 Electrostar  242  60 (DMOSA)  30m3/hr/psp Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K
 375/7 Electrostar  242  60 (DMOSA)  30m3/hr/psp Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K
 375/8 Electrostar  242  60 (DMOSA)  30m3/hr/psp Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K
 375/9 Electrostar  274  71 (DMOSA)  30m3/hr/psp Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K
 376 Electrostar  216  46 (DMOSA)  30m3/hr/psp Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K

 

 465/0 BREL

 

 333

 

86 (DMOS)

 

1800m3/hr

 

Max 413ppm

Air ventilated via doors and hopper lites. If Emergency ventilation kicks in due to high temperature it has been recorded at 1800m3/hr. The emergency ventilation is in the process of being isolated.

NOTE: this is based on GEC information, unable to find BREL info at present

 

 465/1 BREL

 

 333

 

86 (DMOS)

 

1800m3/hr

 

Max 413ppm

Air ventilated via doors and hopper lites. If Emergency ventilation kicks in due to high temperature it has been recorded at 1800m3/hr. The emergency ventilation is in the process of being isolated.

NOTE: this is based on GEC information, unable to find BREL info at present
 377 Electrostar  230  60 (DMOSA)  10m3/hr Max 993ppm  Tem ≥ + 15o C and Tim ≥ Tic +1 K
 465/2 GEC  333  86 (DMOS)  1800m3/hr Max 413ppm Air ventilated via doors and hopper lites. If Emergency ventilation kicks in due to high temperature it has been recorded at 1800m3/hr. The emergency ventilation is in the process of being isolated.
 465/9 GEC  310  74 (DMOS)  1800m3/hr Max 411ppm Air ventilated via doors and hopper lites. If Emergency ventilation kicks in due to high temperature it has been recorded at 1800m3/hr. The emergency ventilation is in the process of being isolated.
 466 GEC   172  86 (DMOS)  1800m3/hr Max 413ppm Air ventilated via doors and hopper lites. If Emergency ventilation kicks in due to high temperature it has been recorded at 1800m3/hr. The emergency ventilation is in the process of being isolated.
 395 High Speed  349  66  17m3/min Max 1435ppm  

Availability of toilets

availability of toilets on Southeastern trains

 Customer Satisfaction survey April 2020 to March 2021 Actual  Source 
 Punctuality of trains  81% CSS + Online Portal
 Information to passengers in case of delays  49% CSS
 Accuracy and availability of information on train times/platforms  83% CSS + Online Portal
 Consistently good maintenance/excellent condition of trains  74% CSS
 High level of security in station  79% CSS + Online Portal
 High level of security on train  79% CSS + Online Portal
 Cleanliness of inside of the train  81% CSS + Online Portal
 Provision of useful information throughout the journey  80% CSS + Online Portal
 Response times to information requests at stations  N/A No data
 Availability of good quality toilets on every train  57% CSS
 Cleanliness and maintenance of stations to a high standard  76% CSS + Online Portal
 Accessibility of stations and trains  N/A No data
 Assistance provision to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility  N/A No data

Further notes:
the above targets are based on the Southeastern Customer Satisfaction Survey – a replica of NRPS but undertaken on a continual basis.

Procedure in place

Southeastern is one of the biggest and busiest train operating companies in the UK with around 178 million passenger journeys made on our services every year across South East London, Kent and East Sussex. 

Customer satisfaction is one of our top priorities and we’re committed to consistently providing a safe, reliable, and welcoming service on every one of those journeys. 

But we know that despite our best efforts there are times when things don’t go to plan. If this happens and you’re not happy with the service you’ve received then let us know.  It’s important to us that where possible we resolve any issues you’ve encountered. Your feedback also helps to drive improvement across the company and influences the training we provide our people. 

This Customer Complaints Handling Procedure explains: 

  • How to make a complaint 
  • How we will listen and respond to your complaint including how quickly you should expect a response
  • The types of compensation you might expect 
  • How we review and monitor the complaints we receive and how we respond to them, to drive improvement 

We aim to work with you to resolve any issues as quickly as possible without the need of third party involvement. However you can contact the Rail Ombudsman if you are unhappy with the response we’ve provided.

No of complaints and outcome:
Total number of complaints closed – 10,487

 Level 2 categories for complaints  YTD
Accessibility issues  82
Company policy  2,136
Complaints handling  2,057
Delay compensation schemes  898
Environmental  580
Fares, Retailing 2,243 
Other   14
Praise 1,699
Provision of information 616
Quality on train 398
Safety and security 1,462
Staff conduct and availability 1,327
Station quality 288
Timetabling and connection issues 711
Train service performance 1,191
  15,702

Received complaints
Total number of complaints received – 11,058
Processed complaints
Percentage of complaints responded to within 20 working days – 100% 
Average response times
One working day 
Complaint category (level 3)   Total complaints  Commentary

Ticketing and refunds policy

 

2058

This year due to the COVID pandemic Southeastern have processed the most amount of refunds ever. The drive in complaints can be seen due to charges in admin fee's and also ticketing refund rules. Southeastern have continued to make sure our website has remained up to date with any current refund terms and conditions.

Your personal safety on board

 

1270

The drive in complaints about passengers security on board is driven by face masks complaints. Southeastern has ensued at all times our stations and website have remained up to date with government instructions. We have also worked closely with the BTP to ensure our passengers are following the guidance.
Punctuality/reliability (i.e. the train arriving/departing on time)

 

 1191

Southeastern delivered an On Time MAA of 78.1% during 2020/21, this was a 9.2% improvement on the previous year. At the same time we reduced cancellations by 0.6% on the previous year down to 1.80% of services run. Southeastern continue to work jointly with Network Rail on further improvements.

 

Smartcards

 

927

Due to the change in ticket buying by passengers we have seen an increase in the amount of passengers travelling using a samrtcard. Our main drivers of complaint about the Southeastern smartcard was around the photo upload for a child Key card. Sotheastern expereinced some problems with tickets not being activated, but both of the techniacal issues are now resolved. 

 

Other complaints handling

 

831

Due to the change in ticket buying by passengers we have seen an increase in the amount of passengers travelling using a samrtcard. Our main drivers of complaint about the Southeastern smartcard was around the photo upload for a child Key card. Sotheastern expereinced some problems with tickets not being activated, but both of the techniacal issues are now resolved. 

What is available and how to get it?

Southeastern is part of Passenger Assist – a national system that all train companies support, which allows us to make arrangements to assist our passengers with disabilities or restricted mobility. This is both for journeys on our network and where you’re connecting with other operators.

We’re committed to this system and we have a dedicated team who will help you book assistance. 

For immediate travel

We understand that planning in advance isn’t always possible – you can turn up at any station that is accessible to you and request assistance onto a train from a member of our staff. If the station doesn’t have staff you can get in contact with us by calling Passenger Assist or using the help points located at all of our stations. 

In Kent and East Sussex the train services have conductors and all of our High Speed services have On Board Managers. 

We’ll do everything we can to make sure that you’re assisted as your needs require. If a train service isn’t accessible to you, we’ll provide alternative accessible transport at no extra cost.
It may take longer to make arrangements if you haven’t booked in advance.

When travel is arranged in advance

For journeys planned in advance, you can book assistance through Southeastern (as well as any other train company) for journeys that are either direct or involve connections and other train companies on the National Rail network.

You can request Assisted travel at any point during your journey. To make sure we have staff available to help you, we recommend you book at least 6 hours in advance of travelling. 
You can contact us to request Assisted travel at any time of the day. If your journey involves another train company we may need to confirm part of your journey with them. This might depend on their contact centre opening hours. If this is the case, we will discuss options with you.

Our Passenger Assist team is available 24 hours a day, and every day except Christmas Day on 0800 783 4524 (or for our text relay service, prefix these numbers with 18001). They can also be contacted by filling out a form on our website. Once you have made a booking you will be given a confirmation number, a copy of the booking can also be sent by email.

Not all Southeastern stations are accessible or staffed. Some of our trains are also Driver Only Operated (DOO), which means that there is no conductor on board. 
When booking assistance to or from these stations, especially on DOO trains, we will do everything we can to ensure you get the help and assistance you need. We are introducing flexible staff on our network who will be able to assist people at stations or on or off trains when there are no other staff available.

If a station isn’t accessible we can provide, at no extra cost, alternative accessible transport, such as a taxi, to take you to the most convenient accessible station.

Ways to book assistance for your journey:

Call: 0800 783 4524
Text Relay: 18001 0800 783 4524
Online: www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
(Available 24 hours a day, every day except Christmas Day)

The levels of assistance we're able to provide

There are a number of ways in which we can help you when you're travelling with us:

  • Help with planning your journey, including details of the accessibility of all stations across the National Rail network.
  • Advice about the facilities you’ll find on the different types of train that Southeastern or other train companies operate.
  • Providing information about timetables including during times of engineering works when there are changes to the normal service, and travel may involve buses.
  • Advice on other support we can give you and how they work, like Sunflower Lanyards, Just A Minute (JAM) cards, and Priority seating cards.
  • Providing advice on how to use a mobility scooter or a wheelchair on our network, including details of how to obtain a copy of our wheelchair and scooter guide document.
  • Assistance with getting on and off the train – for example if you need guiding due to a visual impairment, or if you’re a wheelchair user and need a ramp.
  • Help with luggage, when booked in advance.
  • Getting through the station, to your platform, boarding the train, making connecting services and onward transport within the station area.
  • The wheelchair spaces on our trains cannot be reserved. However, if you’re travelling with a long distance operator it’s advisable to ask about reserving a space as they are often very busy and allow wheelchair spaces to be booked.
  • Buying tickets: these can be purchased when booking assistance – however this needs to be at least 72 hours in advance if you wish for them to be posted to you. Collection from a ticket vending machine is another option but you will need to wait for two hours after your booking before they become available

How to make a complaint or feedback about great service you have received.

We’ve made sure that our contact centre staff are trained to help all of our customers and provide the best possible assistance, including customers with both visible and non-visible disabilities.

We’ll do all that we can to assist you making your journey, but we’re not able to accompany you throughout your journey. We’re unable to provide personal care such as help with eating, taking medication or using the toilet. If you need this support when travelling, you should travel with a companion. 
 
To make a booking or for any travel queries please call Passenger Assist –
Telephone - 0800 783 4524
Text Relay number - 18001 0800 783 4524
These numbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you prefer to fill out a form to make a booking, please use the web form below.  All fields marked * are mandatory.

You can also book Passenger Assist and track your requests through the new Southeastern app.
Create an Accessibility Profile to make booking Passenger Assist even faster.
Download our new app for free the App Store or Google Play.

For more information and to book assistance using our on line form please click on the following link- https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/more-travel-help/accessible-travel

 Type Metric P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8 P9 P10 P11 P12 P13
 Booked Volume of booked assistance completions 3 9 21 113 147 284 131 117 108 51 41 67 230
 Unbooked Volume of unbooked assistance (Turn Up and Go) completed 44 185 283 676   942  1188  812  734 772   393 370  503  1216

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