The Go-Ahead Group, one of the UK’s leading public transport operators, is pleased to have been announced as the preferred bidder for a commuter bus tender in Dublin by Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA), building on the company’s commitment to bring improvements and investments to the capital’s public transport services.
The contract links Dublin to major commuter towns in Offaly, Laois, Kildare and Meath, and will bring the total number of routes operated by Go-Ahead in the Irish capital to 30.
It is the second contract won by Go-Ahead in less than a year, as the NTA opens the Public Service Obligation (PSO) bus services in Ireland to the private sector for the first time.
Go-Ahead Chief Executive, David Brown, said:
“Winning a second Ireland contract within a year is a significant achievement for Go-Ahead, and we look forward to building on our partnership with the NTA to deliver investment in Ireland’s passenger transport infrastructure.
“We understand the importance of buses to these commuter towns and we will strive to deliver the best possible service to the customers, to make sure that every journey is taken care of.
“This is a further step in line with our strategy of expanding the Go-Ahead model internationally, building on our presence in Germany and Singapore.”
The bus contract will run for five years from early 2019, when Go-ahead will take over from Bus Eireann, with a possible two-year extension.
Go-Ahead was recently recognised as Britain's best bus operator, with more than nine in 10 customers endorsing its services according to independent figures from Transport Focus.
The company also recently announced a number of award-winning initiatives to improve customer experience, including the pilot of a pay-as-you-go mobile ticketing app in Southampton, which was awarded the Transport prize at the 2018 Smart Cities UK awards.
Go-Ahead operates buses in Singapore and is shortly due to begin operating rail services in Germany. The company is the largest bus operator in London, and among the biggest across England as a whole, in addition to operating major UK rail franchises.
Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 27,000 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.
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.
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 25 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) and Southeastern.
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