David Lynch, group technology director at Go-Ahead, began the roll-out 12 weeks ago and has established a 40mbps link between the main network hubs at East Croydon and Newcastle.
His goal is to set up two centres, one in the South and one in the North East, which would offer disaster recovery and allow payroll services to be load-balanced.
The network is being implemented at an aggressive pace. "We are [rolling out] 40 sites a month, ranging from an unmanned station with an ADSL link to Victoria station to multiple airports," he said.
He has a team of 25, half of which are from Cable & Wireless, and 25 sites have been upgraded so far. By year-end Lynch expects to have one-third of the project completed. The network is expected to be fully rolled-out by April 2005.