The Go-Ahead Group operates primarily in the UK bus and rail markets.
There are four main publicly listed transport groups in the UK - FirstGroup, National Express, Stagecoach, and Go-Ahead. The UK Public transport market is the most liberalised in Europe, with the Continental European market in the process of becoming more deregulated. A number of European players operate in the UK including Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Abellio.
Fundamental Sector Strengths
“The Coalition Government’s vision is for a transport system that generates growth and spreads prosperity. We want one that empowers local communities and supports social mobility and is a cleaner, greener gateway to a better quality of life.”
Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, April 2011
UK transport remains fundamentally strong. While the wider economy still faces challenges we continue to see growth across our business. We believe the following fundamental strengths of UK public transport will drive long-term growth in the sector:
Sustained investment in public transport from operating companies and the government has resulted in high quality vehicles and rolling stock and safer, more reliable, frequent and punctual services, making public transport an attractive alternative to the increasingly costly private car.
An efficient public transport system strengthens the economy, creates jobs, reduces traffic congestion and air pollution, and helps tackle social exclusion. This is recognised by the Government and other major political parties, with a clear acceptance that the private sector is best placed to deliver and grow these services.
As concern about the environment grows so does the awareness that public transport is key to the sustainable future of the UK. Public transport plays a vital role in meeting environmental challenges such as reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion. Government policies such as the UK Climate Change Act promote the use of public transport.