Go Ahead confirms contactless roll-out

Go-Ahead has confirmed its commitment to rolling out contactless ticketing this year with a pilot scheme about to be launched in Oxford followed by a further trial in north east England. In releasing its third quarter trading statement, the group says that full year expectations are unchanged with revenue up around 1.5 per cent in the year to date although bus passenger journeys are flat. Go Ahead claims that its passenger volumes are outperforming others in the industry and its total figures include positive results for some regions countered by falls elsewhere.

“Our local management teams are focused on attracting more passengers onto our buses by delivering frequent, reliable, value for money services and by making bus travel easier and more appealing,” says a Go Ahead spokesperson.

In London, the group reports revenue growth in the year to date of around 2.5 per cent with mileage up around 1 per cent, although it warns about the continuing impact of congestion on its operations in the capital.

“While our ability to operate reliable services on behalf of Transport for London continues to be impacted by congestion in London, revenue generated through Quality Incentive Contracts has stablised,” adds the group. “We continue to engage with TfL and the London Assembly regarding the ongoing issue of congestion in the capital and play our part in the successful implementation of an ultra low emission zone by 2019.”

The new Go Ahead operation in Singapore is reportedly performing well and delivering high levels of punctuality on behalf of the Land Transport Authority.