A 400-bus contract in Singapore is adding to Go-Ahead Group’s expertise in running franchised services as it prepares to operate in Dublin. MARK LYONS explains the history behind the city state’s move to a bus contracting model and how the UK group has set up its operation from scratch

A Wright Gemini-bodied Volvo B9TL tri-axle of Go-Ahead Singapore in Changi Village Road.

As it prepares to start operating the first franchised bus routes in Dublin from around this time next year (Buses last month), Go-Ahead Group can now draw on two models of how to make this work.

One is in London, where it acquired the London Central company when it was privatised 23 years ago and has expanded by acquisitions and contract gains.

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