Go-Ahead has won the Top PLC and came third in the Top Company category in the north east’s prestigious Top 200 business awards.
The awards are organised by north eastern newspapers The Journal and Gazette, in association with the North East England Chamber of Commerce and PWC, to showcase and celebrate businesses with a stake in the local community.
Go-Ahead company secretary Carolyn Ferguson attended the ceremony: “It’s an honour to receive this award. Since Go-Ahead was founded almost three decades ago, we have transformed from a small bus operator in the north east, to a leading international passenger transport provider.
“This award recognises our continued commitment to the local communities we serve.”
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.
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 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Southeastern and London Midland.