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GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway)

Govia is a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65%) and Keolis (35%), two substantial and successful transport companies in their own right. Govia has extensive experience running complex and challenging rail operations, managing significant change programmes, and it has introduced more new train fleets in the UK than any other operator.

Govia currently runs two major rail franchises: GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) and Southeastern. Govia is one of the UK’s busiest rail operators, currently providing c.25% of all passenger journeys.

Established in 1987, The Go-Ahead Group has its roots in the North East where it was formed following de-regulation of the bus industry. Ten years later, with rail privatisation, the company entered into partnership with Keolis and began running the Thameslink franchise as Govia. It has run Southern since 2001 (in 2015 this was integrated into the GTR franchise), Southeastern since 2006, London Midland from 2007 to 2017, and GTR since 2014. Go-Ahead has a turnover of £3,481 billion and some 27,000 employees.


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GTR is a partnership between two world-class transport operators – the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. We are the UK’s largest train operating company, carrying out the UK’s largest-ever rail transformation project. With over 7000 staff, GTR delivers 19% of all passenger rail journeys in the UK; managing 239 stations and serving 341 million passenger journeys per year.

We’re investing heavily in the infrastructure and technology on our lines, so we can deliver more. More trains, more seats, more services, more routes, more station improvements, more platforms with WiFi and more information. Above all, we want to give our customers and our people more say – to help us create a better rail service for everyone.

Delivering a better railway together’.


Everything we do as a railway is about connecting people, and providing the pathways that improve their lives. But we want to be at the heart of the communities we serve in more ways than one.

As a business we have real power to make a huge impact in transforming lives and communities. We know many of our people and customers are incredibly passionate about their local area and how they can make them a better place to live and work.

We will focus on making a real difference in three important areas of society: Young people, Homelessness and Mental Health & Healthcare. We will do this by continuing to build close relationships with community groups and charity organisations, providing support and opportunities to address these issues.

Take a look at the many ways we do this at Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Southern & Thameslink:


Our four Leadership Behaviours are the drivers of high performance and set out clear expectations of how leadership is to be demonstrated across GTR by our colleagues and by those aspiring to be leaders.

The behaviours are:

We Inspire - We believe in trusting our people to do their best, building alliances with others and developing our people to be better than we are.

We Think - We believe in thinking broadly, strategically and analytically to effectively tackle the challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.

We Involve - We believe in building strong relationships with others and by working collaboratively to achieve success together.

We Deliver - We believe in getting this done with a 'can-do' attitude and creating an environment that always makes it easy for people to do the same, so that as we improve we also evolve.


These Leadership Behaviours will form the basis of all leadership development and leadership activity that we will do and offer to you as part of your personal and professional development, including:

  • Recruiting new leaders to our business
  • Performance management and recognition of our existing leaders
  • Developing leadership capability, and;
  • Identifying the next generation of leaders through succession management and talent activity

Benefits at GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway)

List of all the benefits that GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • In-House Occupational Health Department
  • The Transport Benevolent Fund
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Company Shares
  • Holiday 24+ days
  • Staff Travel
  • Long Service/Loyalty Awards
  • Discount Scheme
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Pension Scheme

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