Go-Ahead achieves Fair Tax Mark award for fourth consecutive year

Go-Ahead has achieved the Fair Tax Mark for the fourth year in a row.

An accreditation given to companies paying the right amount of corporation tax, supported by transparent tax reporting, the award shows Go-Ahead’s commitment to conducting business sustainably.

Group CFO, Patrick Butcher said: “Retaining this award for the fourth year demonstrates our commitment to operating in a sustainable and ethical manner and paying our fair share of tax which can be re-invested in the communities we serve.

"One of Go-Ahead’s beliefs is about trusting people, and we think trust goes both ways and has to be earned.

I hope our customers, colleagues and stakeholders view this achievement as a sign that Go-Ahead can be trusted to work fairly for a better society.”

The Fair Tax Mark is an independent accreditation process that enables companies to make a public declaration regarding their corporation tax position. The Fair Tax Mark empowers consumers who want to identify organisations that are taking a responsible approach to tax and making a fair contribution to society.

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About Go-Ahead

Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 29,000 people across the country, over one billion passenger journeys are undertaken on our services each year. We are committed to operating our companies in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way and are proud to have been accredited with triple Carbon Trust Standard for reductions in carbon, water and waste. In addition to the travelling public, our customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.

Bus

Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s largest bus operators. With a fleet of around 5,200 buses, we carry over two million passengers every day. Our operations are focused on high density commuter markets. We have a strong presence in London, with around 24 per cent market share, where we provide regulated services for TfL. Outside London, we operate services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and north east England. In September 2016, the Group began operating a bus contract in Singapore, on behalf of the Land Transport Authority.

Rail

The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the largest rail operation in the UK, responsible for over 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southeastern and London Midland.