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Staff at bus company Go North West celebrate reaching 100% of pre-pandemic passenger numbers.
Pictured are (left to right): Driver Chris Coombs, driver Steven Ainsworth, MD Nigel Featham, driver Jayne McMinn, driver Chris Harrop, supervisor Darren Hudson, and engineer Kenneth Fenton.

Manchester is bouncing back – buses reach pre-pandemic passenger levels

  • Go North West’s buses are as busy as they were prior to COVID-19
  • Manchester operator is the first Go-Ahead company in the UK to reach pre-pandemic levels
  • Recovery boosted by high reliability, sufficient drivers and strong local economy
  • Plans in place to lay on more buses as demand grows further
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A year of progress: Go-Ahead advances along the road to Net Zero

  • Centre of Excellence for zero emission vehicles to be established in London
  • High voltage electric substation installed in Oxford for upcoming electric bus fleet.
  • Proof of concept demonstrated for Bus2Grid technology
  • Fleet of hydrogen buses ordered for the Crawley, Redhill, and Gatwick area
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Go-Ahead named top apprenticeship employer in the UK transport industry

  • Go-Ahead hires more than 1,100 apprentices annually across its bus and rail operations
  • Transport operator ranked 13th on list of the UK’s Top 100 apprentice Employers
  • Ranking puts Go-Ahead top of six transport companies in the league table
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Top ten journeys to see Britain by bus: Go-Ahead selects its most scenic routes

What better way to see Britain’s dales, beaches, villages, and cityscapes than by bus? The Go-Ahead Group, which operates buses from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland, has picked out ten of the best from its nationwide route network.

The list is inspired, in part, by the Reverend Richard Coles, the broadcaster and former Church of England parish priest, who recently named Go-Ahead’s number 12 service from Brighton to Eastbourne as “the best in the world”.

Reverend Coles said: “I will always encourage people to travel by bus because it’s a great way to see the country and takes cars off the road.”

Stretching from the Isle of Wight to Hadrian’s Wall, Go-Ahead’s favourite journeys are as follows. Welcome aboard!

Voltra fleet outside the Angel of the North

Go-Ahead announces management changes at Go North East

  • Nigel Featham appointed Managing Director of Go North East in addition to Go North West
  • Ben Gilligan becomes Managing Director of East Yorkshire Buses
Buses operated by Lacroix & Savac, which has partnered with the UK's Go-Ahead Group, in the Ile de France region of France.

The Go-Ahead Group and Lacroix & Savac agree strategic partnership

  • Partnership will explore opportunities to bid for bus contracts in Paris
  • The French market was identified as a priority under Go-Ahead's new corporate strategy
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Mental health first aiders provide valuable support to Go-Ahead transport workers

  • Mental health first aiders at each Go-Ahead bus company trained to provide reassurance and support
  • Regional bus and rail companies undertake community initiatives to mark mental health week
  • Brighter Journeys campaign aims to lift the spirits of travellers across national rail
Voltra fleet outside the Angel of the North

Half year results for the six months ended 1 January 2022

  • Encouraging underlying financial performance and passenger volume recovery as Go-Ahead emerges from a challenging period
  • Group operating profit (before exceptional items*) of £42.6m (H1’21: £56.4m restated). H1'21 included non-recurring items totalling £20.2m**
  • Excluding these items, like-for-like operating profit increased by £6.4m, up 17.7%
  • Regional Bus reverts to more commercial model as passenger numbers rebuild – currently above 80% of pre-pandemic levels
  • Resilient results from London & International Bus
  • UK Rail performance primarily reflects end of Southeastern contract
  • Management action reduces losses in International Rail
  • Statutory profit before tax of £50.1m (H1’21: £50.3m restated) includes a net exceptional credit of £13.0m, primarily relating to the expected
    settlement of the financial penalty relating to London & South Eastern Railway and associated matters of concern
  • Strong balance sheet and significant liquidity: adjusted net debt of £217.3m (3 July 2021: £305.9m) and available cash and headroom on facilities
    of £329.3m (3 July 2021: £240.3m). Adjusted net debt to EBITDA ratio of 1.21x (3 July 2021: 1.56x) providing significant capacity for investment
  • Launched new strategy “The Next Billion Journeys” and medium-term financial targets, including growth in Group operating profit to at least £150m
  • The Group will reinstate its pre-COVID-19 dividend policy of paying a dividend to shareholders equivalent to between 50% and 75% of underlying earnings per share from the 2022 full year and the board intends to recommend a dividend of not less than 50 pence per share in respect of the year ending 2 July 2022 in line with this policy
  • Trading in the second half of the year to date is robust and the Board now anticipates a full year result ahead of its previous expectations
    *Before exceptional net credit of £13.0m (H1'21: £4.9m credit). Details are provided in note 5 to the financial statements
    **H1'21 included £7.2m of CBSSG funding revenue and a £3.8m performance fee in GTR both relating to the 2020 financial year, and a £9.2m one-off timing benefit relating to Quality incentive
    contract (QIC) recognition
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Bus fares cut across Cornwall as Go-Ahead delivers trailblazing low fares pilot

  • Ticket prices across Cornwall cut by between 20% and 40% from April 10
  • Government-backed scheme will measure impact on travel habits across the county over four years
  • Visitors to Cornwall will benefit from cheaper buses in tourist areas this summer