Go-Ahead Group Handbooks

Go-Ahead Group Handbooks

Go-Ahead Group Handbooks

Go-Ahead was initially formed twenty-five years ago as the Gateshead-based Go-Ahead Northern when the management team acquired that company during the privatisation of the National Bus Company in 1987. Early expansion saw the acquisition of a number of smaller bus operators in the north east, including Gypsey Queen and Low Feel Coaches.

In November 1993 Brighton and Hove buses was acquired. This was quickly followed by the Oxford Bus Company in March 1994. The privatisation of London Buses in the mid-nineties saw Camberwell-based London Central acquired in November 1994, and this purchase was built upon in June 1996, when fellow London bus operator London General was taken over from the management and employee team that acquired the business at privatisation.

Go-Ahead acquired Plymouth CityBus in 2009 and KonectBus in Norwich in March 2010 and also entered into a joint venture with yellow school bus operator Cook-Illinois in the United States in 2009. Earlier this year, the company acquired Thames Travel.

Rail privatisation has presented another opportunity for the group. Through its Govia joint venture with French transport operator Keolis, the Thameslink franchise was gained in 2006/07 and Go-Ahead took on Thames Trains. Both benefited from modern rolling stock. Thames Trains worked out of Paddington and covered the country as far out as Hereford and Stratford-upon-Avon. Both this franchise and Thameslink were awarded to First Group following competitions in 2005 and 2006.

In 2001 Govia took over the operation of the South Central rail from Connex. A new franchise was signed in 2003, to run until 2009, with the railway branded as ‘Southern’ and on retendering in 2009, Govia retained the franchise until 2015.

In 2007 Go-Ahead, again though the Govia joint venture partnership, was awarded the newly created West Midlands Franchise which began operations in November the same year. Known as London Midland, it combines the former Silverlink County franchise and the West Midlands regional services of the former Central Trains network.

In 1998 the aviation services company GHI joined the group. The company was merged with other Go-Ahead aviation acquisitions and rebranded as ‘aviance UK’. In early 2010, Go-Ahead sold the majority of its ground handling and cargo operations, as part of its strategy of focusing on its core bus and rail operations. The remainder was sold in early 2011.

Go-Ahead became the first UK transport operator to receive Carbon Trust Standard accreditation for its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions. The business was re-accredited in 2011. The company as set a target to reduce its emissions by twenty per cent per passenger journey by 2015. To date, Go-Ahead has achieved a twelve per cent reduction through, focusing on a range of initiatives including fuel efficient training for its 10,000 bus drivers, introducing regenerative braking on its train fleets and reducing energy consumptions in its depots, offices and rail stations.

In October 2011, Go-Ahead won the National Transport Award for its introduction of its smartcard ticket known as the key. The smartcard is being rolled out across the company’s bus and rail divisions and aims to make travel easier for passengers, as well as giving them access to value for money fares.

2012 got off to a good start with Smartcard ticket machines have been installed on all Go-Ahead’s 2,000 buses outside London and the key is successfully up and running across most of its bus network and on parts of its Southern and London Midland rail franchises.

On March 3rd, Go-Ahead Group acquired Carousel Buses Limited, based in High Wycombe. Carousel operates around 50 buses in the Wycombe area and runs services to Heathrow Airport, Uxbridge, Chesham and Watford. Two days later, Go-Ahead Group announced the acquisition of Essex-based company Hedingham Omnibuses. Founded in 1960, the company is based in Colchester and operates eighty-six buses in Essex. The business has five depots at Clacton, Hedingham, Kelvedon, Sudbury and Tollesbury. It principally operates a mix of school and local bus contracts and commercial routes. Also in March Go-Ahead acquired First London East’s Northumberland Park bus depot in Tottenham, north east London.

In April the company acquired Anglian Buses. Based in Beccles, Suffolk Anglian operates seventy-one buses. And runs services from the Suffolk coast to, from and within Norwich, as well as in Yarmouth, Lowestoft and along the Suffolk coast down as far as Ipswich. All four of the operations outside London will retain their individual brands.

On June 2nd 2012, The Go-Ahead Group acquired HC Chambers & Son Limited, a small bus company operating on the Essex/Suffolk border. All four of the new acquisitions outside London will retain their individual brands.


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Published in December 2013, this edition details the groups bus operations at the start of the month. As ususal, many high quality pictures included.

 

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The 2012-13 Go-Ahead Bus Handbook part of the Bus Handbook series published by British Bus Publishing, an independent publisher of quality books for the industry and bus enthusiasts. Further information on these may be obtained from the address below. Although this book has been produced with the encouragement of, and in co-operation with, Go-Ahead management, it is not an official fleet list and the vehicles included are subject to variation, particularly as the vehicle investment programme continues. Some vehicles listed are no longer in regular use on services but are retained for special purposes. Also, not all out of use vehicles awaiting disposal are listed. The services operated and the allocation of vehicles to subsidiary companies are subject to variation at any time, although accurate to September 2012.
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Published Christmas 2011 the 2011-12 Go-Ahead book provides full details of the fleets for the start of 2012. Fleets include: Go North East; Oxford Bus Company; Thames Travel; Konectbus; Go-Ahead London, Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Plymouth Citybus; and Go South Coast which comprises Wilts & Dorset, Marchwood, Damory, Simply go;Toutist; Southern Vectis; Fountain and Moss Motor Tours.
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The 2010 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year. Fleets include: Go North East; Oxford Bus Company; Konectbus ; Go-Ahead London; London General; London Central; Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Plymouth Citybus; Go South Coast.
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The 2009 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year. Fleets include: Go North East;Oxford Bus Company; London General/ London Central; Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Wilts & Dorset and Meteor.
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The 2008 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year. Fleets include: Go North East;Oxford Bus Company; London General/ London Central; Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Wilts & Dorset and Meteor.
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The 2007 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year. Fleets include: Go North East;Oxford Bus Company; London General/ London Central; Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Wilts & Dorset and Meteor.
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The 2006 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year. Fleets include: Go North East;Oxford Bus Company; London General/ London Central; Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Wilts & Dorset and Meteor.
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The 2005 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year. Fleets include: Go North East;Oxford Bus Company; London General/ London Central; Metrobus; Brighton & Hove; Wilts & Dorset and Meteor.
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The 2004 Go-Ahead Bus handbook details the fleets of the Go-Ahead group for that year.
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