TRANSPORT giant Go-Ahead has been shortlisted to bid for one of the rail franchises it applied for but has missed out on the other.
The Newcastle-based group and its rail joint venture partner Keolis now go on to the next round of bidders vying to run the Thameslink franchise.
Go-Ahead said: “We are a highly experienced rail operator with a proven ability to deliver passenger improvements.
“With a wealth of knowledge of the proposed Thameslink network and vast experience of the London commuter rail market we believe we are well placed to deliver a successful bid.
“Our experienced permanent bid team will be working hard over the coming months to understand the aspirations of stakeholders and we look forward to receiving the Invitation to Tender document from the Department for Transport.”
However, it missed out on the shortlist for the Essex Thameside rail franchise and said it would be seeking feedback from the Department for Transport as to why.
Go-Ahead runs bus services across the UK in addition to the Southern (including Gatwick Express), Southeastern and London Midland rail franchises.