Our rail operation, Govia is 65% owned by Go-Ahead and 35% by Keolis. Keolis is a French-based operator of passenger transport services which is majority owned by the French national railway SNCF. We currently operate three franchises: Southern (including Gatwick Express), Southeastern and London Midland and have been shortlisted to bid for the Thameslink franchise.
Key franchise dates
||Currently operated by
||Current franchise ends
||Merges with Thameslink in July 2015
Thameslink franchise competition
Who is on the shortlist to bid for the franchise?
Govia (Go-Ahead/Keolis joint venture)
What is the approximate annual passenger revenue for the franchise?
Expected to be around £1bn following the incorporation of Southern in July 2015, making it the largest franchise in the UK.
|Following the announcement by the Department for Transport on Wednesday 3 October 2012 regarding the postponement of rail franchise tenders, the below dates will be subject to change.
||Announced March 2012
|Invitation to Tender
||Expected to be issued in October 2012
||Expected in January 2013
||Expected to be announced in May 2013
|Thameslink and Southern franchises merge
Find out more about the Thameslink franchise on the Govia website.