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Monday 02 April, 2001

Go-Ahead Group PLC

Acquisition of Crawley Depot

Go-Ahead Group PLC
2 April 2001

           The Go-Ahead Group PLC ('Go-Ahead')
              Acquisition of Crawley depot

Go-Ahead  announces that, on 31 March 2001,  it  acquired
ARRIVA plc's Crawley depot property for approximately  £3
million in cash.  Additionally, with effect from 31 March
2001, Go-Ahead's Metrobus subsidiary is operating many of
the  local  routes formerly operated by  ARRIVA  plc  and
assumed  responsibility for the employment of 123  former
ARRIVA plc employees.

As  well as serving the new routes and Metrobus' existing
bus  routes  in  Crawley,  Gatwick  and  the  surrounding
district,  the  Metrobus Crawley depot will  be  uniquely
placed  to serve Go-Ahead's aviation and rail businesses.
It  represents a further significant development  of  Go-
Ahead's  integrated transport strategy in the South  East
of England.

The acquisition of the depot will provide additional off-
site  maintenance and storage facilities close to Gatwick
airport,  where  the merger of GHI and BM Handling  under
the  Aviance brand will create a need for increased motor
transport repair and maintenance needs at Gatwick.

In the longer term, Go-Ahead's plans for the New Southern
Railway  will  involve  major  renovation  work  on   the
Brighton  line  and the development of a  new  integrated
transport  network for the area.  With  a  Crawley  base,
Metrobus   will  be  ideally  placed  to   provide   rail
replacement  services  and bus links  to  Crawley,  Three
Bridges and Gatwick railway stations.

In  order  to commence operations, 37 vehicles are  being
transferred  from within the Go-Ahead group  and  18  new
vehicles  are  being acquired. These vehicles  will  also
provide  capacity  to  service newly  won  Surrey  County
Council contracts from 21 April 2001.

For further information please contact:

The Go-Ahead Group plc
Martin Ballinger, Chief Executive           0191 232 3123
Chris Moyes, Deputy Chief Executive
Ian Butcher, Finance Director

Golin/Harris Ludgate                        0207 324 8888
Richard Hews
Trish Featherstone


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