Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Go-Ahead's Greener Bus Drivers Help Boost Profits

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Go-Ahead's Greener Bus Drivers Help Boost Profits

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Byline: ROBERT LEA

LEAGUE tables of its most aggressive and fuel-burning drivers are helping bus and trains giant Go-Ahead keep a lid on spiralling energy costs and further boost profits from the renaissance in public transport.

Go-Ahead, responsible for a fifth of London bus journeys and the country's largest train operator, today thrashed already upbeat City forecasts by producing record pre-tax profits for the year to the end of June, up 19% at ?131 million.

Better driving is helping, said chief executive Keith Ludeman.

Though fuel costs are taxpayersubsidised for public transport, they remain a significant drain for the likes of Go-Ahead. "We have been installing black box technology in our cabs so we can track of how well they are being driven," said Ludeman."Our drivers are being trained to make sure they drive more defensively, that they do not brake or accelerate so harshly." For drivers, "there are incentives on offer. There are league tables". …

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