Go-Ahead Group PLC

Franchise Shortlisting- Chiltern & S. Central Rail

Go-Ahead Group PLC
14 March 2000

Go-Ahead shortlisted for Chiltern and South Central rail

Go-Ahead  is  pleased to confirm that its  bids  for  the
Chiltern  and  South  Central rail franchises  have  been
shortlisted by the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority in the
first phase of franchise replacement negotiations.

Commenting  on  the news, Group Managing Director  Martin
Ballinger  said 'Selection of the Go-Ahead bids  for  the
final  stage of these two franchise processes is  welcome
news.  Whilst much detailed work remains to be done,  our
success  at  the  initial stage is a recognition  of  the
professionalism and commitment of the staff  at  our  two
current franchises, Thames Trains and Thameslink'.

The   bid  for  the  Chiltern  franchise  involves   both
Greenwich  Nat  West  and project management  specialists
Bechtel  in  a Special Purpose Company set up to  deliver
substantial new investment in the railway.

The  South  Central bid, which is submitted by the  GOVIA
partnership  in  which Go-Ahead holds a 65%  share,  also
involves  a  new  Special Purpose Company in  conjunction
with Royal Bank of Scotland and Bechtel.

For further information please contact:

Go-Ahead Group plc
Chris Moyes, Commercial Director            0191 232 3123

Ludgate Communications
Richard Hews                                0207 253 2252
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