Norfolk County Council’s cabinet formally agreed last week that the contract to deliver three of the six Norwich Park and Ride routes would be awarded to CT Plus, part of HCT Group.  As part of our social enterprise approach and the Council’s World Class: Normal for Norfolk campaign, we have made a series of commitments to the county as part of this exciting expansion for HCT.
 
CT Plus will deliver the Airport, Postwick and Sprowston routes, operating from a new base in the north of the city. The contracts are for five years, with up to three more years for good performance.
 
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the people of Norfolk. We believe that Norfolk is a world class county and we are committed to providing a world class service to passengers and great value for money for council tax payers” said Dai Powell, Chief Executive of HCT Group.
 
“But our commitment to the County doesn’t stop there. We further commit to the following three things, in line with our approach as a social enterprise.”
 
“We will seek to protect local jobs when we take over the service- these jobs are protected in any case through TUPE.”
 
“We will seek to invest in the county, creating new jobs - recruiting locally when we need to hire staff.”
 
“But most importantly, as a social enterprise, we will reinvest surpluses made on contracts in Norfolk to benefit the community in Norfolk – making sure that the local economy and local communities get the full benefit of the decision to award us the contract.”
 
Adrian Gunson, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet member for Planning & Transportation, said: “I am delighted that CT Plus have greeted their appointment with such enthusiasm. I am very pleased that they are committed to the area and to local jobs, now and in the future, while at the same time pledging to provide an outstanding park and ride service on the Airport, Sprowston and Postwick routes.”
 
Surpluses from HCT’s commercial contracts are re-invested into the communities where they are earned. For example, through training long term unemployed people to work in the transport industry; supporting local community transport that helps community groups, older people and people with disabilities to get out and about; or innovative schemes like harm reduction buses or scooter hire schemes for the elderly. 
 
CT Plus takes over the three park and ride routes from March 2010.

Media contacts

Hayley Brent-Isherwood at CO3
020 7749 3349 or 07909 544817

Tim Purcell at CO3
020 7749 3368 or 07904 056668

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