The Go-Ahead Group and Groupe Lacroix & Savac have entered a strategic partnership to explore opportunities to bid together for public transport contracts in France.
* Partnership will explore opportunities to bid for bus contracts in Paris
* The French market was identified as a priority under Go-Ahead’s new corporate strategy
Under the partnership, the two companies will target the market for bus services in and around Paris, where the city authorities have begun a process of putting routes out to tender as state-owned Epic RATP will lose its Paris bus monopoly in 2025.
Go-Ahead identified the opening of the French market as a priority for new business opportunities in The Next Billion Journeys, its recently published strategy. Lacroix & Savac is an established operator in the Ile de France region with more than 80 years’ experience.
Christian Schreyer, Group Chief Executive, The Go-Ahead Group, said: “Go-Ahead’s strength lies in running busy commuter transport services, and a key part of our strategy is to explore new opportunities in bus and light rail. With an outstanding track record and deep local knowledge, La Croix Savac is the perfect partner for us to work with in France.”
Stéphane Guenet, President of Lacroix & Savac, said: “This partnership will allow us to benefit from Go-Ahead’s expertise in mass transit and in entering urban areas that are newly open to competition. This will help us to adapt our offering for the Paris and suburban bus networks, which will be operated on behalf of Île-de-France Mobilités”.
Go-Ahead is a leading public transport operator, connecting communities through bus and rail services. Our purpose is to move you, and the next generation, towards a smarter and healthier planet. We employ more than 27,000 people.
In the UK, we run a fleet of more than 6,000 buses across England and run a quarter of London’s buses for Transport for London. Internationally, we operate buses in Singapore, Ireland and Sweden.
We operate rail franchises in the UK, Germany and Norway. In the UK, we run the country’s largest passenger contract, GTR (Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink).
Lacroix & Savac
Lacroix & Savac Group is the number one independent player in public passenger transport in Ile-de-France, with ca.€200 million turnover and 2,200 employees for 2021. Driven by the values of commitment, agility and benevolence, it offers all municipalities a range of mobility services in Ile-de-France at a level of performance that meets world standards. It was born from the union of the historical Ile-de-France operators Savac and Lacroix.
Lacroix & Savac Group is part of CFTR (Compagnie française des transports régionaux), a national mobility operator based in Île-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Normandy and Hauts-de-France.