HCT Group is delighted to announce that it has been chosen to operate Jersey’s bus services from January 2013. CT Plus Jersey will commence operations on 1 January. The contract will be for the operation of all the bus services on the Island, (including school buses). It covers an initial seven year period with optional annual extensions for each of the following three years.

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 twelve depots, including ten red London bus routes, Park and Ride services, and NHS staff transport. It has also been successfully operating Guernsey’s bus services since the beginning of April.

Jersey’s travelling public can look forward to a number of enhancements to the Island’s bus services that will be introduced over the first year of the new service. These will include;

  • A brand new bus fleet (except for some school transport vehicles) including five double deck vehicles that will operate on an expanded airport route;
  • The introduction of a smartcard scheme. This will enhance the existing cash payment system so that passengers will experience faster boarding times;
  • Route and timetable improvements including more services running later in the evenings and at weekends;
  • The introduction of smaller minibus style vehicles better suited to the driving conditions of the roads in some rural areas;
  • As a part of the organisation’s social enterprise approach, CT Plus Jersey aims to reinvest one third of any profits made into local community transport services for people who find conventional public transport difficult to use.;
  • If the service makes a significant surplus, the company will give half of it back to the States of Jersey. So, if the operating profit for the service exceeds 3%, the company will split the excess equally with the States. This will help pay for the Island’s public transport services and infrastructure.

Dai Powell, HCT Group’s Chief Executive, said: “We believe that the States of Jersey adopted a particularly robust selection process and we are really pleased to be have been given this opportunity to bring our social enterprise business model to the Island. We are looking forward to developing our relationship with the States and the local community to develop and provide a world class local bus service. This is a very exciting time for us, and is a crucial landmark in our growth and development.”

Deputy Kevin Lewis, the Minister for Transport and Technical Services, said, “I am very pleased with the offer from CT Plus Jersey. It includes new buses with comfortable seating, electronic smart ticketing and more passenger capacity on a network of bus services which is being delivered at a very competitive price.”

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