Berlin, 17.11.2015 – By tendering large parts of the rail network, Baden-Württemberg wants to increase competition, and thus, significantly improve the local rail transport offer. The German rail company Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland and its English parent company The Go-Ahead Group have received the contract to operate lots b and c of network 1 from June 2019. The routes tendered by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg with 3.7 million train-kilometres in lot b and 4.4 million train-kilometres in lot c will thus be taken over by a private company for the first time, following the two-week time limit for filing an appeal.
“Go-Ahead is able to draw on its longstanding experience in the British market. There we transport 30 per cent of all rail passengers. We are very pleased to be able to operate the first network in Germany in Baden-Württemberg. This federal state stands for modernity and innovation like no other. That suits our company philosophy, which is based on us seeing ourselves as a long-term partner in and for the region. We look forward to working with all the stakeholders,” says Stefan Krispin, German Executive Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft.
Leading transport company in Britain
Go-Ahead was founded in 1987 as part of the privatisation of bus networks in Great Britain. With the deregulation of rail transport in 1996, Go-Ahead also entered the rail market. The company is responsible for 5,500 rail connections on 2,200 kilometres in the British rail network (more than 100 million train-kilometres per year). In the public transport sector, Go-Ahead operates through various regional companies that transport two million passengers daily on a total of 4,600 buses, including the largest operator of the famous red double-decker buses in London. “Go-Ahead’s regional focus makes it particularly successful. Only in this way can we meet the needs of regional customers and communities in a targeted manner. We see Baden-Württemberg as one of our key regions and are particularly pleased to be the first to become active here. In the coming years, we will participate in further tenders in Baden-Württemberg, but also in other parts of Germany, with the aim of firmly establishing ourselves as a reliable and responsible partner for rail services, thereby developing into a preferred employer in the sector. Our top priorities are safety and quality, both for passengers and our employees,” says Stefan Krispin.
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