Select Committee on Environmental Audit Written Evidence

Annex A



  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 each year.

Oxford Bus Company

  Operating in three distinct markets—express coach services, park-and-ride and urban bus services—the 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 each year.

Southern Vectis

  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 coast—through 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 kilometres.


  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 equipment.



  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.

March 2006

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