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Encyclopedia > Go Ahead Group
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Go-Ahead Northern MCW Metrobus
Go-Ahead Northern MCW Metrobus
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Go North East Scania L94UB/Wright Solar
Brighton & Hove Bus
Metrobus Scania OmniDekka 447 (YV03 RBF)
Metrobus Scania OmniDekka 447 (YV03 RBF)

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History

Go-Ahead was initially formed as the Gateshead-based Go-Ahead Northern when the management team acquired that company during the privatisation of the National Bus Company (UK) in 1987. Early expansion saw the acquisition of a number of smaller competing bus operators in the north east, including Gypsey Queen and Low Fell Coaches. At the same time, a number of pubs where purchased, this element of the business trading under the name Go-Ahead Leisure. This article is about Gateshead, England. ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or — especially in India — disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership. ... The National Bus Company was a bus company in the United Kingdom. ... A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries influenced by British cultural heritage. ...


Despite bidding for a number of other larger bus operators in the intervening period, the first major acquisition was Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company in November 1993, which was quickly followed by the Oxford Bus Company in March 1994. The privatisation of London Buses in the mid-nineties saw Camberwell-based London Central acquired in November 1994, and this purchase was built upon in June 1996, when fellow London bus operator London General was acquired from the management and employee team that acquired the business at privatisation. Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company operates almost all bus services in the city of Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom. ... Oxford Bus Company is a bus operator serving the city and surrounding area of Oxford, England. ... An Enviro 400 bus, a modern interpretation of the famous London red double-decker. ... London Central is one of many operators of London Buses and owned by Go-Ahead Group. ... London General is both a modern bus operating company and, as the London General Omnibus Company or LGOC, a very significant name in the history of transport of London, England. ...


Acquisitions

In 1997, the Brighton bus business was expanded with the acquisition of the former municipal operator Brighton Blue Buses. In September 1999, Metrobus, a large operator operating in London, Surrey and Sussex was acquired. More recently, Wilts and Dorset and Southern Vectis PLC have joined the Go-Ahead family. The Southern Vectis acquisition brought with it Eastleigh based bus operator Solent Blue Line. A municipality or general-purpose district (compare with: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government. ... Metrobus (a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group) operates local bus services in south and south-east London, and parts of Surrey, Kent, West Sussex and East Sussex. ... A Volvo B7TL with ELC Myllennium Vyking (convertible open-top) bodywork owned by Wilts & Dorset in the new livery. ... The current, soon to be axed Southern Vectis logo. ... PLC may stand for: Palestinian Legislative Council, law-making body of the Palestinian Authority Parti Libéral du Canada, the term in French for the Liberal Party of Canada Partido Liberal Constitucionalista (or Constitutional Liberal Party), a major political party in Nicaragua Phospholipase C Platoon Leaders Class Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth... Location within the British Isles Arms of Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh is a railway town in Hampshire, UK; and the main town in the Eastleigh borough. ... The Solent Blue Line logo. ...


In December 2005 the group purchased The Birmingham Coach Company, which operates express coach contracts on behalf of National Express and local bus services in the West Midlands under the Diamond Bus name. The group has been know for some time to be keen to begin operating in the area. On 22 February 2006 Go-Ahead purchased another operator in the West Midlands, Probus Management Limited, trading as Peoples Express, for £2.4m, adding around 100 vehicles to its West Midlands operations. In August 2006 the Birmingham Coach Company and Probus operations were regrouped under the Go West Midlands Limited legal entity, with the bus operations branded as Diamond. February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rail operations

The company has also been active in the rail market, winning the right to operate the Thames Trains, Thameslink and Southern Railway franchises, the latter two in co-operation with Keolis under the name Govia. The Thames Trains franchise was lost to First Group in 2004, and after exclusion from bidding for the new Thameslink franchise, lost that to First. Thames Trains was a British railway company franchised (from September 1996, following the privatisation of British Rail, until 31 March 2004) to run regional and suburban trains from London Paddington station to destinations in the home counties west of London (also to Worcester, Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon), as well... The Thameslink route is operated with a fleet of 72 dual-voltage Class 319 electric multiple units. ... The Southern Railway in the United Kingdom was the smallest of the four railway systems created in the Grouping ordered by the Railways Act 1921. ... Keolis is a French transport group based in Paris. ... Govia is a joint venture between Go-Ahead (65 per cent) and Keolis SA (35 per cent). ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... The Thameslink route is operated with a fleet of 72 dual-voltage Class 319 electric multiple units. ...


On 30 November [[2005], the UK Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling, announced that Govia had been successful in winning the Integrated Kent Franchise, and took over on April 1, 2006. The franchise continues to use the previous Southeastern branding, but the bid was mounted using the name London & South Eastern Railway. November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Southeastern is a train operating company that began operations in south-east England on 1 April 2006, replacing the former publicly-owned operator South Eastern Trains. ...


Other business areas

Other subsidiaries are Metro Taxis in Newcastle, Aviance UK (an airport services business formed through the acquisition of Gatwick Handling, Midland Aviation and Reed Aviation, and Meteor Parking, a car parking company based at Stansted Airport that trades under a number of brands from at airports and railway stations around the UK. Terminal building, designed by Sir Norman Foster Stansted Airport is a medium-sized passenger airport with a single runway, located in the English county of Essex about thirty miles north of London. ...


Senior management

  • Sir Patrick Brown - Non-executive Chairman
  • Keith Ludeman - Group Chief Executive
  • Ian Butcher - Group Finance Director & Company Secretary

Keith Ludeman was appointed as Chief Executive on 10 July 2006 following the resignation of Chris Moyes due to an undisclosed serious illness. When he died it was said that he had been suffering from a brain tumour. July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chris Moyes OBE (born 1949) is Chief Executive of Go-Ahead Group plc, a major UK transport group. ...


Operating divisions

Bus operations

Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company operates almost all bus services in the city of Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom. ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... The town of Hove is a next-door neighbour of Brighton, on the south coast of England. ... Go North East, part of the Go-Ahead Group, operates bus services in Tyne and Wear and County Durham in England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... This article is about the city in England. ... National Express is the brand under which the majority of long distance bus and coach services in the United Kingdom are marketed, and also the company that manages this network and operates some of the services. ... London Central is one of many operators of London Buses and owned by Go-Ahead Group. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... London General is both a modern bus operating company and, as the London General Omnibus Company or LGOC, a very significant name in the history of transport of London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Metrobus (a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group) operates local bus services in south and south-east London, and parts of Surrey, Kent, West Sussex and East Sussex. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Oxford Bus Company is a bus operator serving the city and surrounding area of Oxford, England. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... The Solent Blue Line logo. ... Location within the British Isles Arms of Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh is a railway town in Hampshire, UK; and the main town in the Eastleigh borough. ... Southampton is a city and major port situated on the south coast of England. ... The current, soon to be axed Southern Vectis logo. ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire. ... A Volvo B7TL with ELC Myllennium Vyking (convertible open-top) bodywork owned by Wilts & Dorset in the new livery. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...

Current rail franchises

Southern is the latest name of the train operating company that took over from Connex South Central on the routes to South London, Surrey, and Sussex from Victoria and London Bridge. ... Southeastern is a train operating company that began operations in south-east England on 1 April 2006, replacing the former publicly-owned operator South Eastern Trains. ...

Previous rail franchises

Thames Trains was a British railway company franchised (from September 1996, following the privatisation of British Rail, until 31 March 2004) to run regional and suburban trains from London Paddington station to destinations in the home counties west of London (also to Worcester, Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon), as well... Thameslink was a train operating company in the United Kingdom, run by Govia (a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group and Keolis — previously Via-GTI, renamed following its acquisition by SNCF). ...

Others

  • Aviance UK (aviation ground handling)
  • Meteor Parking (airport car parking)

Competition

The principal competitors of the Go-Ahead Group are:

All of these are larger groups with operations in more than one country. The main distinguishing features of the Go-Ahead Group are the relatively high degree of autonomy the group offers its individual operating companies, and its focus on investing in local management. These tactics are thought to have helped two of the group's bus operating companies, in Oxford and Brighton, to gain a reputation as among the best in the UK outside London. A Stagecoach West Scotland vehicle in the UK Bus corporate livery. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ... An Arriva train in Denmark Arriva plc is a UK-based international public transport operator and vehicle rental company, headquartered in Sunderland. ... National Express Group plc (LSE: NEX) is a UK-based transport group that operates airport, bus and rail services in the UK, the US and Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal and Morocco and long-distance coach routes across Europe. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


External link

  • Go-Ahead Group Website
Major Public Transport Companies in the United Kingdom
Arriva Group - ComfortDelGro Corporation - First Group
Go-Ahead Group - National Express Group
Stagecoach Group - Transdev Group - Translink
See also:
Transport for London - Passenger Transport Executive
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

 
 

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