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? Huckletree West, London, will be the home of our program and will be the heart of our vision to improve customer experience through transport innovation.

An eight-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.

Thank You To Everyone Who Came To Demo Day

Now that the dust has settled we are pleased to announce that our first Demo Day has been a success. Hosted at our Lab HQ in Huckletree West, White City we took over the Mediaworks building atrium space with the help of White City Place to put on the event with 250 guests in attendance. Thank you to all those who came to make the day as memorable as it was.

At the event Go-Ahead’s Chief Executive, David Brown, announced that seven scale-up companies have been successful in winning contracts to work with Go-Ahead’s bus and rail companies

Contracts were awarded to:

  • Airportr – an app-enabled digital service platform that allows passengers’ bags to be checked in from their doorsteps
  • Cityswifter – a business intelligence platform using big data and predictive analytics to optimise urban bus networks
  • Commuter Club – a financial services company backed by tennis star Andy Murray that retails and provides loans for annual season tickets, allowing customers to pay monthly
  • Hygiene pro clean – a complete turnkey solution offering specialist cleaning, infection control and decontamination
  • Travel AI – tools generating unique insights into how people use transport infrastructure – capturing seasonality differences, mode splits, predictability and behaviour shift
  • Ticketless – account based travel, combined with a frictionless experience for passengers
  • Realtime Knowledge – an award-winning workflow and task management company for quick, paperless checks and inspections
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“The Billion Journey Project is the next level of Innovation in the Transport Sector, linking Bus and Rail for the first time with the ability to positively impact one billion passenger journeys , this is not only exciting for Go-Ahead Group but represents a truly unique and exciting opportunity for any business scale up.”

Ian McLarenCFO - Govia Thameslink Railway

“This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for scale-ups looking to break into the Rail and Bus sector to learn from us and for us to learn from them - all for the benefit of passengers.”

David GornallGovia Thameslink Railway


The Companies In Cohort Two

“We are very proud to be backing some of the UK’s most exciting transport start-ups and scale-ups as they continue to grow and thrive. Go-Ahead has an excellent track-record in bringing new technology to consumers, and we’re committed to building on that through the Billion Journey Project, the sector’s largest innovation programme.

“The project supports start-ups with mentoring from industry leaders, access to Go-ahead data, and the opportunity to build invaluable relationships, getting under the hood of the UK’s leading public transport provider. But in return, we get to learn from some of the most dynamic young businesses out there and join them in exploring exactly what the future of transport looks like.

“These are nimble, creative partners for Go-Ahead, who exemplify the very best of small business culture in their ability to disrupt the received wisdom of long-established industries. It’s a hugely exciting programme, and it is critical to keeping Go-Ahead at the tip of the spear when it comes to innovation.”

David GornallInnovation Lead

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