Guernsey bus contract tenders sought

Guernsey buses at the St Peter Port terminus The oldest buses in the fleet are the biggest and were brought to the island in 2003

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Companies interested in running Guernsey's bus services from April may need to buy a new fleet of vehicles.

The current operator CT Plus had an extension to its two-year contract until March while a transport strategy was discussed by the States.

The 41-strong fleet is owned by the States and the youngest vehicle is 10 years old.

Replacing some buses with minibuses and dial-a-ride services are among the suggestions in the tender document.

The report says the 33 larger buses in the fleet are "generally considered too large for many of Guernsey's roads".

Guernsey's bus service

  • Annual revenue of £900,000 - £1m (based on 2010-2013 figures)
  • Annual driving hours of 100,000, about 1.3 million miles
  • Fuel usage is 130,000 gallons each year
  • Up to 1.5 million passengers carried annually
  • Includes 200,000 OAP journeys, 12,000 under-threes and 200,000 pupils travelling to or from school

The public bus services has been criticised due to a major change to route and the introduction of a two-tier fare system.

In the States strategy it was agreed to make the service free for 18 months while other changes are made in a bid to reduce car use.

The contract, which covers both the public and school bus services, will be for five years, with a possible extension of up to 15 years.

Companies have until the end of month to express their interest.

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