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Nigel Featham, Managing Director of Go North West, with drivers at the launch of a campaign to recruit 300 bus drivers for Manchester's new integrated transport network.

Keeping Manchester moving: Go-Ahead kicks off Britain’s biggest recruitment campaign for bus drivers

  • Go-Ahead's Manchester bus company, Go North West, to hire 300 drivers on apprenticeship or training contracts
  • The drivers will operate Bee Network buses as part of mayor Andy Burnham's new integrated transport network
A hospital bus donated by The Go-Ahead Group is presented to the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK outside parliament.

From Swindon to Ukraine: Go-Ahead hospital bus presented to ambassador

A bus donated by one of Go-Ahead’s local bus companies has been converted into a field hospital for use in treating casualties of the war in Ukraine.

Carousel Buses route 102, between High Wycombe and Heathrow Airport, has seen a 130% increase in passenger numbers since the Government's £2 fare cap was introduced on January 1st.

Ten million Go-Ahead passengers benefit from £2 nationwide bus fare cap

  • Promotional ticket sales reach £20 million since scheme began in January
  • Passenger numbers up by 130% on one Carousel Buses route
  • Go-Ahead launches a prize competition to encourage more passengers onto buses
  • National low fares scheme has been extended until the end of June
Go-Ahead London apprentice 3

More women behind the wheel: female bus drivers up by 20% at Go-Ahead

  • Female-focused recruitment campaigns yield hundreds of applicants
  • Award-winning apprenticeship scheme enhances diversity
  • Higher pay rates and attractive sign-on packages enhance appeal of driving jobs
  • One in eight bus drivers across Go-Ahead’s network are women
Martine with runaway sheep on bus-2

“One single to the farm, please!” A sheepish looking passenger boards local bus in Brighton & Hove

When Martine Patey, Go-Ahead Group's Brighton and Hove bus driver set off to Eastbourne for her first ever Rail Replacement bus duty on Sunday morning, she wasn’t sure what the day would hold. One thing’s for sure, she didn’t think she’d be wrangling a sheep on the A27.

Oxford Bus Company Zero Emission Buses

Zero emission transport for the Dreaming Spires: Oxford Bus Company orders 104 all-electric buses

  • Buses to be part of a 159-strong zero emission fleet on Oxford’s streets from late 2023
  • Go-Ahead’s largest electric bus order to date accelerates the group’s green transition
  • Environmental impact will be equivalent to taking 6,000 cars off the road
  • Co-funded by Go-Ahead, Oxfordshire County Council and the Department for Transport
The launch of the promotional £2 bus fare scheme in December 2023 at Go North East's Riverside depot in Gateshead with (left to right) Ben Maxfield, Business Director, Go North East;  Richard Holden MP, Buses Minister; Nigel Featham, Managing Director, Go North East.

Go-Ahead carries two million passengers at £2 under nationwide fare cap

  • National low fares scheme proves popular across Go-Ahead’s bus networks
  • Promotional ticket sales reach £4 million in first three weeks of January
  • Scheme allows Go-Ahead’s local operators to add new routes and services
Apprentice Engineer, Alisha Juszczyk, Camberwell Bus Academy

Go-Ahead invests in transport skills with target of hiring 1,020 bus and rail apprentices in 2023

  • Target includes 700 trainee London bus drivers and 220 rail apprentices
  • Go-Ahead’s apprentices increase ethnic diversity of workforce
  • Recruits of all ages wanted: Go-Ahead’s apprentices range from 16 to 65
CGI image of one of Manchester's Bee Network buses

Go Ahead wins franchises to operate Manchester’s Bee Network buses in Bolton and Wigan

  • Go-Ahead’s Go North West selected in first two major contracts awarded under Greater Manchester’s new franchising system
  • Contracts in Bolton and Wigan comprise 55 routes served by a fleet of 308 buses, worth up to £400 million in revenue over seven years
  • Buses will be branded yellow as part of Greater Manchester’s new Bee Network