From the Daily Telegraph web-site, 23 May….
A joint business between UK transport company Go-Ahead Group and Keolis of France has been handed a seven year contract to run what will be Britain’s biggest railway franchise in a bitter blow to FirstGroup, which currently runs some of the services covered by the new agreement.
The complex new Thameslink contract, which will carry 273m passengers a year, combines several sets of rail services in one. It is expected to generate revenues from passengers of £12.4bn.
These include the current Thameslink services connecting Bedford with central London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton; Great Northern services from London King’s Cross to Cambridge; and Southern services from London to the south coast.
FirstGroup is currently the operator of both Thameslink and Great Northern services while Southern is run by Govia, a joint business between Go-Ahead and Keolis. Go-Ahead owns 65pc of Govia.