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A 12 week scale-up transport innovation programme focused on helping you scale your company with Go-Ahead and our partners. You’ll receive mentoring from industry leaders, access to Go-ahead data, insights from industry experts and the opportunity to network with Go-Ahead leaders and partners. You’ll get under the hood of the UK’s leading public transport provider and gain deep insights into the opportunities and challenges within the bus and rail industry.

Over a billion journeys are enabled by Go-Ahead trains and buses every year. As one of the UK’s leading public transport providers, we’re passionate about delivering a great experience for our passengers – and we’re on the hunt for innovative businesses to help us get there. Could you be one of them? The Billion Journey Project will be at the heart of our vision to improve customer experience through transport innovation.

2020 marked the launch of Cohort Three – find out more about our contenders here

Previous Cohort Two in 2018/19

Following the success of Go-Ahead’s 2nd proof of concept programme for 2018 and a jam-packed Demo Day in 2019, the Billion Journey Project committed to ongoing work with eight out of the ten innovative companies from the cohort. These are:

  • Axon Vibe– A smart journey planning service that provides personalised real-time transport updates across a range of modes of transport
  • FAIRTIQ – A smartphone-based contactless ticketing service that allows passengers to use a variety of transport on a sole virtual pass
  • Route Reports– An intelligent service enabling transport operators to monitor road conditions, onboard environments and passenger numbers
  • Ordoo– A mobile phone ordering app that allows customers to order and pay for food and drink ahead of their arrival, saving time and offering personalised loyalty rewards
  • Citi Logik– An information service that helps passengers understand how busy their services are likely to be both before and after their boarding
  • iGeolise– API that makes location-based data searchable by travel time rather than distance
  • Enterprise Bot– An artificial intelligence platform that can resolve roughly 60% of inbound customer enquiries
  • Dovu– A blockchain based rewards system that allows passengers to redeem tokens earned by using public transport services

We look forward to developing these ongoing partnerships and continuing our ambition to deliver innovation across rail and bus within the Go-Ahead Group.

Rail Innovation
Axon Vibe
Citi Logik
Route Reports
TravelTime Platform
Enterprise Bot
March 18, 2020 in Company Interviews, Programme Updates

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March 3, 2020 in Company Interviews, Programme Updates

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“To prepare for the future of transport it is vital that we challenge ourselves to innovate and that is exactly the ethos behind Billion Journey Project.”

Mark AndersonHead of Commercial Innovation - Go-Ahead

“The Billion Journey Project gives Go-Ahead and our operating companies the opportunity to work with great innovators that deliver new and exciting services that benefit our passengers.

With our passengers taking over one billion journeys a year, we are always looking at how we can better meet and exceed their needs.

Since the start of the Billion Journey Project, we have confirmed contracts with a number of companies like Airportr and Citi Logik. With the new cohort starting later this year, we look forward to meeting the new companies and their ideas to improve the journeys of our passengers. ”

Katy TaylorGroup Commercial and Customer Director - Go-Ahead