Since September 2014, the Thameslink / Southern / Great Northern franchise has been operated by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group, a British private-sector transport company, and Keolis, which is 70% owned by SNCF, the national state-owned rail operator in France. In July 2015, it was merged with Southern, encompassing most train services in south London and Sussex (including Gatwick Express), to become Britain’s largest rail franchise (known as TSGN). This is intended to run until 2021. Govia also operate the Southeastern franchise giving them a near-monopoly in South East England, and Keolis also operates the Transport for Wales Rail franchise in a joint venture with Amey.
• Do you use the Thameslink / Great Northern service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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