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Somerset Passenger Solutions

September 15, 2015

Somerset Passenger Solutions: a family business and national bus operator join forces
Transporting workers by bus

Somerset Passenger Solutions was established in order to bid for the Hinkley Point C main bussing contract. The venture is a 50:50 joint venture between bus operator First Bus and Weston-super-Mare based family business, Crosville Motor Services Ltd.
As part of Hinkley Point C’s planning permissions and commitment to the local community, the vast majority of the workforce will travel to the construction site by bus.

Somerset Passenger Solutions has plans to operate high frequency services to the Hinkley Point construction site from dedicated Park and Ride sites, staff campus accommodation sites and from surrounding towns and villages for employees living across the area. They will require around 300 dedicated staff to manage the anticipated 5,000+ daily round-trip passenger journeys at peak construction.

Crosville Motor Services first engaged with EDF Energy more than five years ago and were awarded interim contract status in 2014. In June 2014 they invited First Bus to join the venture, in response to the release of the scope of the main contract.

Crosville Motor Services is a local family operator which runs its core services from Weston Super Mare and operates across North Somerset and Somerset County footprints. It is now expanding to be the largest independent operator within Weston-super-Mare and currently employs over 100 local people within North Somerset.

Crosville run a variety of vehicles from a heritage fleet dating back to the 1940s, right through to a modern fleet ranging from luxury coaches, through to the super low-floor hybrid spec buses. Crosville also own one of the only Sentinel Steam bus in the world, which is the pride of their fleet.

First Bus is one of Britain’s largest bus operators providing around a fifth of bus services outside London. In the South West First operates nearly 700 vehicles from depots at Taunton and Bridgwater across its Buses of Somerset network and from depots in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Wells in its First West of England network.  It also operates an extensive network of services and contracts in Cornwall with a fleet of 200 vehicles.

Somerset Passenger Solutions is formed by:

  • Crosville Motor Services Ltd, Weston-super-Mare
  • First Bus, Taunton

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