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. 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.