Go-Ahead Expands Presence in North & West Yorkshire and the North East with Acquisition of Four Regional Coach Companies

3 weeks ago Thu 23rd May 2024

The Go-Ahead Group is proud to announce the acquisition of four regional coach companies, marking a significant expansion in the North East and West Yorkshire. The acquisition includes Procters Coaches in North Yorkshire, Compass Royston serving Stockton, Middlesbrough & Teesside, Esk Valley operating in North and East Riding of Yorkshire, and Fourway Coaches in West Yorkshire.

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With approximately 200 new employees, including 140 skilled drivers, and a fleet of 140 vehicles spread across five depots, this acquisition significantly strengthens Go-Ahead's foothold in the region and continues to build key relationships with local authorities and commercial partners. The increased capacity will facilitate improved connectivity for customers, linking them to essential destinations such as schools, colleges, and workplaces.

These established and successful companies collectively bring a wealth of experience and a diverse range of services, including tendered local bus routes, home-to-school transport, private hire, and commercial contracts. This acquisition underscores Go-Ahead's commitment to enhancing connectivity and service excellence in the region.

Matt Carney, Chief Executive of Go-Ahead Bus said: "This agreement aligns seamlessly with Go-Ahead's overarching mission to provide reliable, accessible, and sustainable transport solutions. We are committed to upholding our values of caring for our customers, communities, and employees, while maintaining our position as trusted industry leaders.”

Ben Gilligan, Managing Director for East Yorkshire Buses said: "We are excited to welcome these reputable companies into the Go-Ahead family, this acquisition represents a milestone in our growth journey, allowing us to expand our operations across a broader geography in Yorkshire."

The acquisition builds upon Go-Ahead's existing operations in the region, complementing the success of East Yorkshire Buses. Over recent years, East Yorkshire Buses has expanded its geographical footprint with notable contracts, including JustGo North Lincs in 2020 and more recently the North Riding services operating in North Yorkshire, demonstrating a record of success in regional expansion. Recent customer satisfaction surveys by independent watchdog, ‘Transport Focus’ placed East Yorkshire Buses as one of the top performers in the UK, as its operations in the East Riding achieved an impressive 90% overall satisfaction rate.

Kevin Procter, who founded Procters Coaches in 1990, shared his sentiments, "We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved in the past 30 years. I turned my father’s taxi company into Procters Coaches, starting with one minibus and one large coach. We have been on a journey of growth and innovation, and we are excited to hand over to the trusted Go-Ahead Group. We are fully supportive of Go-Ahead’s commitment to our team and their approach to driving positive change in the UK coach market, for local communities, customers, and the region."