HCT looks to transfer all Yorkshire services

HCT Group is seeking to return all its services operated by its subsidiaries in Yorkshire to the region’s commissioners.

The subsidiaries include CT Plus Yorkshire and Powell’s Bus.

“The move follows a period where we have faced multiple challenges” – HCT Group

A statement from HCT Group said: “The move follows a period where we have faced multiple challenges – a period of difficult trading prior to the pandemic, the financial impact of the pandemic itself, followed immediately by the current surge in fuel prices and labour cost. This has led to unsustainable commercial losses.

“We have two priorities right now – we want to ensure services to the public are not disrupted and we want to preserve as many jobs as possible. We are now talking with our commissioners across Yorkshire, seeing if we can transfer as many services as possible over to new operators. This would mean that services still run and all or most of our team can transfer with their jobs intact.”

HCT Group describes itself as the ‘world’s leading transport social enterprise’, providing over 30 million passenger trips every year. It has grown from a small community transport operation in Hackney in 1982 when a number of local community groups pooled their transport resources.

HCT Group acquired Powell’s Bus in July 2018.

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