Go-Ahead subsidiary Go South Coast acquires Thamesdown Transport

The Go-Ahead Group owned firm, Go South Coast - which operates a number of south coast bus and coach companies – has taken control of Thamesdown Transport from Swindon Borough Council.

Thamesdown services operate across Swindon and north Wiltshire with a fleet of 85 buses.

Andrew Wickham, Go South Coast Managing Director, said: “We are excited to be providing vital sustainable transport in this region. It’s business as usual as far as customers are concerned. Any tickets or passes they have will still be valid and buses will serve existing routes with no change to timings.” 

The company’s aim is to enhance the service and will do so by consulting local people, customers and stakeholders.


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 27,500 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.