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GO-AHEAD SHORTLISTED FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL FRANCHISE
20 August 2008

The Go-Ahead Group plc is pleased to announce that Govia, its 65% owned joint venture, has been shortlisted for the South Central franchise by the Department for Transport.

We have a strong and experienced bid team and intend to put in a robust bid to retain this franchise.

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For further information, please contact:

The Go-Ahead Group plc 020 7821 3939
Keith Ludeman, Group Chief Executive  
Nick Swift, Group Finance Director  
Jim Boyd, Group Corporate Affairs Director  
   
Weber Shandwick Financial 020 7067 0700
Richard Hews / Rachel Martin / Hannah Marwood  

Notes to editors
Go-Ahead is one of the UK’s leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the rail, bus and aviation services sectors. Employing approximately 27,500 people across the country, it provides services to over 900 million passengers every year. In addition to the travelling public, customers include the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL), local authorities, BAA and major airlines.

Website: www.go-ahead.com

Govia is a joint venture between Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis SA (35%) which is a French-based operator of passenger transport services. Govia's rail operations are the busiest in the UK, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, Southern (which includes Gatwick Express), Southeastern and London Midland. The Southeastern franchise will include the operation of new high speed trains on the domestic Channel Tunnel Rail Link into St Pancras from 2009.

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