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Type Limited company
Industry Public transport
Founded November 1996
Headquarters Newcastle upon Tyne
Area served United Kingdom
Products Train services
Owner(s) Go-Ahead Group (65%)
Keolis (35%)

Govia[1] is a transport company based in the United Kingdom. It was formed in November 1996 as a joint venture between Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (formerly Via GTI) (35%) to bid for rail franchises during the privatisation of British Rail.

It currently operates the Southern, Southeastern and London Midland franchises, and previously operated the Thameslink franchise from March 1997 until March 2006.

Govia was awarded the new Thameslink Southern & Great Northern franchise in May 2014, and will commence operating in September 2014, bringing the Thameslink brand back under Govia Thameslink Railway.[2][3]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3278419 Govia Limited
  2. ^ "Govia chosen for new Thameslink contract". Railnews. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Govia wins TSGN franchise, beating FirstGroup". Rail Technology Magazine (Cognitive Publishing). 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 

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