Go-Ahead response to QCS Board report

The Go-Ahead Group plc welcomes the report and findings of the independent Quality Contracts Scheme Board on Nexus’s proposed Quality Contract Scheme for Tyne and Wear, published following a thorough and robust process undertaken by the Board.

Overall, the proposed Scheme failed to demonstrate that it was in the public interest:

Its affordability was not demonstrated; the proposed scheme did not provide value for money; and

Nexus also failed to comply with statutory requirements on consultation.

We are pleased our belief has been validated that working in partnership can bring about a better outcome for both bus passengers and taxpayers.

The full report can be found here.


For further information contact:

The Go-Ahead Group
Sarah Boundy,
Group Corporate Communications Director
07808 568 667

Peter Russell,
Interim Head of Investor Relations
07775 420 996

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Michael Berkeley / Chris Barrie/ Angharad Couch / Eleni Menikou
020 7638 9571


Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 26,000 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 4,800 buses, we carry around 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. We operate deregulated services in Oxford, East Anglia, the South East, Southern and North East England.


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 around 35 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway), Southeastern and London Midland.


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