HCT Group is delighted to announce that it has been chosen to be the preferred partner for the provision of bus services in Guernsey. Subject to negotiations that are currently underway, CT Plus (part of HCT Group) will commence operating from 1 April 2012. The contract will be for the operation of all bus services on the island, including school buses.

HCT Group is an established bus operator and one of the UK’s most successful social enterprises. It runs an extensive portfolio of commercial contracts from its eleven UK depots, including ten red London bus routes, Park and Ride services, and NHS staff transport. It also has particular expertise in school transport, It has been delivering school bus services in Leeds and Wakefield since 2005 for West Yorkshire Metro. It has also been providing transport for young people with special educational needs in various London Boroughs since 2004.

HCT Group does not have shareholders, but instead reinvests the surpluses generated from the operation of these commercial contracts into valuable community transport services in the areas where it operates. These are focused on people who find it difficult to use mainstream public transport, often for reasons of age or infirmity, mobility or learning difficulties, or because of access to existing transport links. In making its decision, the Environment Department in Guernsey felt that this aspect of HCT Group’s business model made it an ideal partner for taking bus transport in Guernsey forward.

Dai Powell, HCT Group’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with the Environment Department and the local communities on the island to design and deliver a high quality bus service, maintain local jobs, and reinvest in Guernsey. This is a very exciting time for us and we look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Jenny Tasker, Deputy Minister of the Environment Department, commented: “The next few weeks are going to be a very active period whilst we work together to negotiate the contract details and find the best way to conduct the handover to HCT Group. We are extremely pleased to have found a partner with an operating philosophy so ideally suited to working in Guernsey.”

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