The Go-Ahead Group plc (LSE: GOG) is a rail and bus operating company that was created following the privatisation of the UK's train and bus industries. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Go-Ahead was initially formed as the Gateshead-based Go-Ahead Northern when the management team led by Martin Ballinger and Chris Moyes acquired that company during the privatisation of the National Bus Company in 1987. Early expansion saw the acquisition of a number of smaller competing bus operators in the north east, including Gypsey Queen and Low Fell Coaches. At the same time, a number of pubs were purchased, this element of the business trading under the name Go-Ahead Leisure: these were sold in 1996.