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[30] In response to the news of the cancellation of the competition, David Brown, general manager of Go-Ahead, stated that “a lot of work has been put into a strong offer that would have been based on Southeastern`s achievements in recent years.” The company is “disappointed that our initial offer is not progressing” and “will work with the DfT on the next steps”. The DfT had already extended Govia South Eastern`s contract in June, after several months of discussions took place just ten days before the existing franchise expired to reach an agreement on the terms of an extension. . . .