GO-AHEAD OPERATING COMPANIES
Go-Ahead operates over 3,310 buses in the UK,
delivering 220 million vehicle KMs each year across a range of
markets, including deregulated services in Tyne & Wear and
the south east/south west, as well as regulated services in the
capital operated on behalf of Transport for London. We are one
of the largest operators of articulated buses in the UK and over
527 million passenger journeys were undertaken on our bus services
in 2004-05. With an average fleet age of just over 5.5 years,
Go-Ahead operates one of the most modern, least-polluting fleets
in the country. Over 68% of Go-Ahead's bus fleet is comprised
of low-floor accessible vehicles.
Brighton & Hove
Joining the group in 1993, the company was combined
with Brighton Transport in 1997 to create a single bus operator
for the area. Operating a fleet of over 200 buses, an average
of 4% patronage growth has been achieved year-on-year and the
company now provides over 34 million passenger journeys each year.
Go North East
As the founding company of The Go-Ahead Group,
Go North East is one of the largest bus operators in the north
east of England, employing over 2,000 staff and providing over
70 million passenger journeys on its fleet of more than 800 vehicles.
London Central and General
Our London bus companies operate a combined
fleet of over 1,300 vehicles, providing tendered bus services
in the capital on behalf of Transport for London. Employing almost
4,500 staff, our services undertake over 289 million passenger
journeys each year.
Since joining the group in 1999, Metrobus has
undergone significant expansion and now operates a fleet of over
300 vehicles in both the regulated and deregulated bus markets.
Predominantly operating in the Croydon, Bromley, Crawley and Gatwick
conurbations, almost 40 million passenger journeys are undertaken
Oxford Bus Company
Operating in three distinct marketsexpress
coach services, park-and-ride and urban bus servicesthe
company has grown patronage by 50% since its acquisition in 1994
and now provides around 20 million passenger journeys each year.
Wilts & Dorset
Acquired by the group in 2003, Wilts & Dorset
operates an extensive bus network across Dorset, Wiltshire and
South West Hampshire, including an intensive urban network in
the Poole-Bournemouth-Christchurch conurbation. With a fleet of
over 360 buses, close to 17 million passenger journeys are undertaken
Acquired by the Group in July 2005, Southern
Vectis is the principal operator of bus services on the Isle of
Wight. The company's network of services is comprehensive and
through strong partnership with the IW Council, delivers efficient
and widespread coverage of the Island. The Company operates a
fleet of 87 buses that in 2005 covered 4.7 million kilometres.
Solent Blue Line
Solent Blue Line was acquired by the Group in
July 2005 and runs a network of bus services in southern Hampshire
based around Southampton and Eastleigh. The Company operates a
fleet of 73 buses covering 4.85 million kilometres in 2005.
Birmingham Bus and Coach Company
Acquired by the Group in December 2005, the
Birmingham Bus and Coach Company is the second largest operator
of local bus and express services in the West Midlands, operating
116 buses covering 9.8 million kilometres.
Acquired by the Group in February 2006, Probus
operates over 100 buses in the Greater Birmingham area.
Southern (formerly South Central) operates a
mix of suburban commuter and main line routes, offering fast and
frequent train services between London and the South East coastthrough
South London, Surrey, East and West Sussex, and to parts of Kent
and Hampshire. Southern is currently investing £1.2 billion
to upgrade trains and also the 160 stations and depots it is responsible
for managing. Last year our fleet of over 300 brand new trains
carried 116 million passengers and travelled 27 million train
In November 2005, Go-Ahead/Govia were also awarded
the Integrated Kent Franchise. The franchise will include routes
on the national rail network currently operated by South Eastern
Trains throughout Kent, parts of Sussex and South East London,
plus from 2009 the planned high speed services on the Channel
Tunnel Rail Link ("CTRL") from the Medway towns, Ashford
and East Kent to Ebbsfleet, and on to Stratford and St. Pancras.
The franchise will run from 1 April 2006 until 31 March 2012,
with an automatic two year extension subject to the achievement
of specified performance targets.
Aviance UK provide a range of airport services
to customer airlines. We load and unload commercial cargo from
freight flights, provide baggage handling and check-in services
for passenger airlines, operate executive lounges and information
desks, and manage aircraft slots and customs clearance. We provide
services at 17 airports across the UK and Ireland, employ nearly
5,000 staff and during 2004-05 handled nearly half a million aircraft
"turnarounds" and 44 million passengers on behalf of
our customer airlines. In doing so we operate approximately 1,300
diesel and electric powered vehicles and specialist ground handling
Meteor, now the third largest parking company
in the UK, manages over 70,000 car parking spaces for a range
of clients including retail outlets, local authorities, airport
operators, NHS trusts, hotel groups and train operating companies.