Govia is a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group  (65%) and Keolis  (35%), two substantial and successful transport companies in their own right. Govia has extensive experience running complex and challenging rail operations, managing significant change programmes, and it has introduced more new train fleets in the UK than any other operator.

Govia currently runs four major rail franchises: GTR, Southern, Southeastern and London Midland. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, currently providing c.35% of all passenger journeys.

Established in 1987, The Go-Ahead Group has its roots in the North East where it was formed following de-regulation of the bus industry. Ten years later, with rail privatisation, the company entered into partnership with Keolis and began running the Thameslink franchise as Govia. It has run Southern since 2001, Southeastern since 2006 and London Midland since 2007. Go-Ahead has a turnover of £2.6 billion and some 23,500 employees.

Our vision

Our vision is to be a leading provider of high-quality, innovative, customer-focused passengers transport - delivering the needs of passengers and communities.

Our strategic priorities


To run our franchises in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible way.



To provide high quality, locally focused passenger transport services.


Our people

To be a leading employer in the transport sector.



To run our franchises with strong financial discipline to deliver sustainable value.