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The second South Central franchise operated by Govia was initially branded New Southern Railway, and then became 'Southern'. Southern absorbed the previously separate Gatwick Express franchise on 22 June 2008 as the result of reforms set out by the Strategic Rail Authority in 2004 in its Route Utilisation Study for the Brighton Main Line.

start date
25 May 2003
end date
20 September 2009

owned by
Govia Ltd

legal title
New Southern Railway Limited

service area
Commuter, regional and local services between London Victoria/London Bridge, Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Brighton, local and regional Sussex Coast services to Eastbourne, Ashford, Seaford, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth and Southampton, plus inner south London Metro routes and South Croydon-Clapham Junction-Watford-Milton Keynes.

Gatwick Express
South Central

was replaced by


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