Thameslink, owned by Govia (a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group and Keolis - previously Via-GTI, renamed following its acquisition by SNCF). It operated the London commuter railway line known by the same name. Upon the privatisation of British Rail the operation of Thameslink services was awarded to Govia from 2nd March 1997 for a period of seven years and a day, subsequently extended by two years. Two services were run: the 'City Flier' ran between Brighton on the south coast through London to Bedford and the 'City Metro' running from Luton and St Albans to London and to a loop connecting Streatham with Sutton and Wimbledon. When Govia’s franchise expired, the Thameslink route was combined with those WAGN services remaining after the creation of the ‘Greater Anglia’ franchise (now operated by National Express East Anglia), to form the new Thameslink/Great Northern group. This franchise was awarded to First Capital Connect, who took over operations on 1 April 2006. Govia were not invited to bid for the new franchise.