The southeastern rail service is operated by the government after the franchise owner has not returned £ 25 million in taxpayer funds.
The acquisition by the Ministry of Transport as the “last resort operator” was announced in September after being considered a “serious” breach of the franchise’s operating agreement.
Train service on one of the UK’s busiest networks, spanning London, Kent, East Sussex and the Highway Line, will continue to operate normally.
Trains, timetables and fares remain the same, staff remain the same, so passengers are unlikely to change immediately.
The franchise has been owned by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group (65%) and Keolis (35%) since 2006.
Go-Ahead Group Chief Financial Officer Elodie Brian resigned after the decision to take over the franchise was announced.
Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said investigations by his department at the time revealed that Gobia had not declared more than £ 25 million in historic taxpayer funds to be returned.
He added that the government would not accept “less than that” rather than “absolute transparency with taxpayer support.”
Further investigation is underway and the government is considering further action options, including fines.
Anthony Smith, CEO of Transport Focus for Passenger Watchdog, said: Money fare. “
OLR also runs services that were previously run by two other franchises.
The London North Eastern Railway was launched in June 2018, and the Northern Train was launched in March last year.
The Southeast network takeover means that about a quarter of a passenger’s journey in the UK will take place on trains under public sector control.
Cat Hobbs, director of the publicly owned campaign group We Own It, said:
“Profit-oriented companies don’t put passengers or the general public first, especially because railroads are a natural monopoly with no choice between companies.
“Now is the time to put the entire rail network in the hands of the public to which it belongs. Public ownership saves about £ 1 billion annually.”
Additional report by Press Association