Go-Ahead shortlisted for northern and TransPennine express

The Go-Ahead Group is pleased to learn its joint venture partnership, Govia, with Keolis, has been shortlisted to bid for the Northern franchise. Also, as Keolis Go-Ahead Limited, the Group is being considered for TransPennine Express.

Go-Ahead Chief Executive, David Brown, said:

"We welcome the Government’s endorsement and look forward to submitting strong bids, working collaboratively with our industry partners and seeking to meet the aspirations of stakeholders."

The Northern and TransPennine Express franchises carried more than 110 million passengers last year, covering inter-urban commuter and rural routes.

Notes to editors

The rail operation, Govia, is 65 per cent owned by Go-Ahead and 35 per cent by Keolis. It is the busiest rail operation in the UK, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of all UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail franchises: Southern (which includes the Gatwick Express), Southeastern and London Midland. From 14 September 2014 Govia will also be operating the TSGN franchise.

Keolis Go-Ahead Limited is a joint venture (65% Keolis and 35% Go-Ahead)


For further information, please contact:

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


Go-Ahead is a leading UK public transport operator, providing high quality services in the bus and rail sectors. Employing around 26,000 people acorss 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, or customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and local authorities.