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Nottingham Community Transport launches new operating arm for bus services
- CT4N is the new trading arm for bus services in Nottingham
- Business as usual for passengers on all services
- Easylink and Group Travel will remain part of the charity under Nottingham Community Transport
Nottingham Community Transport (Nottingham CT) is set to launch a new trading arm called ‘CT4N’ next year – under which it will operate bus services currently run on behalf of Nottingham City Council.
From 2 January 2018, Locallink, Centrelink, Ecolink, Medilink and Worklink bus services will transfer to the ‘CT4N’ arm. However all vehicles, routes, fares and the organisation’s regular team of friendly drivers will remain the same and business will be very much as usual for passengers.
Meanwhile, the Easylink and Group Travel services, will remain with under operation of the Nottingham CT charity.
There are three reasons why the trading company has been put in place:
- Complying with the law – Nottingham CT will be operating some types of passenger transport service that technically fall outside the scope of our charitable status (such as Link bus services offered to the general public). CT4N is able to do this.
- Keeping sustainable – Nottingham CT wishes the charity to benefit from income generating opportunities that may emerge. CT4N can function as a full profit-making entity, whereas the charity cannot – all CT4N profits will be gift aided to the charity.
- Diversifying our activities – Nottingham CT intends to diversify its activities beyond the scope of our charitable objectives, possibly undertaking some non-transport delivery functions (such as other travel, training and consultancy services) to raise profits to benefit the charity.
Commenting on the changes, General Manager, Ian Combellack said: “We wish to reassure all our customers, stakeholders and friends that this exciting new development for Nottingham CT will improve and enhance our services to the community, and allow us to grow and expand in the near future. However, on the ground, business will very much be as usual and we will continue to maintain the service standards and commitment to the Nottingham community that is central to our values.”