Crawley Dial A Ride (DAR) was formed as a charity in 1996 to provide vulnerable individuals with a DAR transport service that was fully funded by Crawley Borough Council. Following this in July 2006 several Crawley Voluntary Sector Organisations, together with representatives from Crawley Borough Council and WSCC, formed Crawley Community Transport Partnership Steering Group.
As a result of the UK economy in 2008 it was not viable for the same level of funding to continue and following discussions Crawley Dial – A – Ride and Crawley Community Transport merged into Crawley Community Transport Ltd on 1st August 2009. One of the main reasons for merger was for CCT to operate additional services that could provide a subsidy towards the operation of their Dial – A – Ride service.
CCT’s charitable objects were to provide a community transport service for the inhabitants of Crawley and its environs who are in need of such a service because of age, sickness or disability (mental or physical), poverty, or because of a lack of availability of adequate and safe public passenger services
CCT was operating in August 2009 from a small office in the community building at The Orchards in Brighton Road Crawley with three wheelchair accessible vehicles. As the business developed they were able to purchase a couple of additional second hand wheelchair accessible minibuses enabling them to undertake some SEN school contracts. Because of this in late 2010 they began looking for a separate yard. One was identified and CCT moved to its current premises on James Place, Southgate in August 2011. This was a timely move as with the help of a grant from “The Social Enterprise Investment Fund” in early 2011, we were able to purchase eight new wheelchair accessible vehicles that increased their fleet to thirteen vehicles. Due to this CCT was able to increase its number of SEN contracts, hence increasing its own generated income which helped subsidise the Dial – A – Ride service.
The development and growth of CCT was helped by financial support from Crawley Borough Council, WSCC, West Sussex Accessible Transport Forum, Sussex Community Foundation, The Longley Foundation, Gatwick Airport Community Trust and Awards for All. CCT was very grateful to all these organisations. CCT was also the Winner of Crawley Champions 2011 Champion of Community Groups.
It was considered important for the future that CCT worked very closely with other local Community Transport operators, especially Horsham District Community Transport and Bluebird Community Partnership in Mid Sussex. And it was these close relationships that formed the foundations to merge and create CT Sussex.