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If you’re a journalist, photographer, broadcaster, production company or filmmaker, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a selection of background information, images, contact details and filming rules to help make your job a little easier.

Getting in touch

If you’re looking for facts about Southern for your publication or story, we’ve put together plenty of background information about our company below. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact our press office at 0203 750 2030. You can also email us at press.office@gtrailway.com.

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To see our latest press releases and other updates, visit our NewsDesk.

Filming or photography

If you’d like to film on our trains or at one of our stations, you’ll need to get permission in advance.

For commercial projects please contact our agent Space2 at govia@space-2.com or call 01926 642 570.

For news and current affairs filming or photography, please contact press.office@gtrailway.com.

General information about Southern Railway

Southern Railway Ltd is one of four brands owned by Govia Thameslink Railway.

Southern's routes include:

  • South Coast from Southampton to Ashford
  • South Coast to London
  • Tonbridge to London
  • South London Metro area
  • Stations to Milton Keynes

Southern's two principal London stations are London Victoria and London Bridge.

Who’s who at Southern

Chief Executive Officer: Patrick Verwer
PA: Lillian Connett

Chief Financial Officer: Ian McLaren
PA: Melanie Hobbs-Grant

Chief Operating Officer: Steve White
PA: Lisa Duff

Engineering Director: Gerry McFadden
PA: Amanda Hills

Human Resources Director: Andy Bindon
PA: Vicky Cobb

Communications and Marketing Director:
PA: Uta Deutsch

Passenger Services Director (Southern and Gatwick Express): Angie Doll
PA: Jayne Byrne

Passenger Services Director (Thameslink and Great Northern): Stuart Cheshire
PA: Lynn Howarth

Head of Safety and Environment: Mark Whitley
Team Organiser: Heidi Sly

Infrastructure Director:  Keith Jipps
PA: Jenny Ward

Business Improvement Director and Deputy COO: Alex Foulds
PA: Jenny Ward

Operations Planning DIrector: Scott Brightwell
PA: Andreea Burchi

Service Delivery Director: George McInulty
PA: Gill Skelton

Quick facts about our service

Our operations include:

  • 156 Stations
  • 2,242 weekday services
  • 2,076 Saturday services
  • 1,242 Sunday services
  • 620,000 passenger journeys per day
  • 414 route miles across the Southern network
  • 4,000 employees

Our fleet of trains

Hurst Green to Uckfield and Hastings to Ashford are diesel routes. All other routes are electrified through the third rail at 750v dc.

Train class Number in service Coaches per train Seats
377/2 15 4 223
377/3 28 3 160
377/4 154 4 223
377/6 26 5 262
171/7 9 2 107
171/8 6 4 241
455 46 4 310
313 19 3 228
442 17 5 322

Our busiest stations

Station Daily users Annual users
London Victoria 222,142 81,081,760
London Bridge 153,005 55,846,719
East Croydon 83,259 30,389,545
Brighton 50,754 18,525,214
Peckham Rye 27,098 9,890,874
Balham 24,264 8,856,378
New Cross Gate 20,799 7,591,702
Sutton 18,859 6,883,663
West Croydon 16,326 5,959,017
Norwood Junction 15,322 5,592,459
Haywards Heath 13,575 4,955,002
Redhill 12,201 4,453,285
Epsom 11,263 4,111,155
Streatham Common 11,000 4,015,064
Purley 9,962 3,636,108
Norbury 9,317 3,400,742
Eastbourne 9,215 3,363,433
Thornton Heath 9,116 3,327,476
Streathham 8,774 3,202,659
Queens Road 8,296 3,027,870
Lewes 8,043 2,935,639
Tulse Hill 7,893 2,880,800
Chichester 7,868 2,871,673
Horsham 7,756 2,831,031
Hove 7,310 2,668,072
Worthing 6,398 2,335,431
Streatham Hill 5,898 2,152,714
Leatherhead 5,531 2,018,644
West Norwood 5,330 1,945,346
Burgess Hill 4,985 1,819,664
Battersea Park 4,947 1,805,720

About Delay Repay

Southern runs a system called Delay Repay, which compensates customers if their train is late by 15 minutes or more. Learn more about Delay Repay.

Image library

We keep a selection of stock photos of our trains that you can request for your publication. Email us at press.office@gtrailway.com to request a high-resolution image.