GoVia this week won the South Central Franchise at the expense of the incumbent Connex. The 20 year franchise will bring a £1.5bn investment programme to the services which run to south London, Gatwick airport, Brighton and the south coast. Planned investment includes £900M on 1,000 new trains, £325M on infrastructure, £200M on stations and £50M on depots.
GoVia is 65% owned by GoAhead group and 35% owned by Via-Cariane, a subsidiary of the French SNCF group. The service will become known as the New Southern Railway.