Environment powerless to penalise bus operator
Wednesday 20th March 2013, 10:00AM GMT.
Environment has no power to penalise Guernsey’s bus operator for its declining passenger numbers, it has emerged.
The department yesterday said it had a range of penalties at its disposal in its contract with CT Plus, but was powerless to step in to stop the accelerating passenger decline in Guernsey – despite the service’s £2.4m. annual subsidy from taxpayers.
The news follows criticism over some of the proposed changes being made to the timetable, as part of an overhaul of services by CT Plus.
But despite this, the operator has remained resolute in its belief that the new proposals – including improved commuter services and the introduction of night buses on Fridays and Saturdays – could reverse the trend.
Responding the day after Environment minister Deputy Roger Domaille admitted that Guernsey’s current bus service was failing, CT Plus operations manager Camilla Poole, pictured, said: ‘Obviously we want to raise passenger numbers.’
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