||<p>The South Eastern franchise competition is currently in the evaluation phase. The
Department is working to achieve the best possible outcome for passengers and taxpayers.
An announcement will be made in due course.</p><p> </p><p>As the Secretary of State
announced on 10 April 2019, the Department for Transport is currently in discussions
with the incumbent operator to extend their operation of the franchise to 10 November
2019, with an extension period up to 1 April 2020 called at the Secretary of State’s