Before 2013 Dial – A – Ride services were provided in Horsham by the British Red Cross. After they decided to withdraw this service trustees and management at Bluebird and Crawley Community Transport agreed to try and create a new charity so that community transport in the Horsham District survived. A proposal was put to WSCC and Horsham District Council, who agreed to provide seed funding and some support to the new charity on condition that the 2 experienced CT operators were involved in its creation and development. Thus in March 2013 HDCT was created.
It took over from the Red Cross on 1st April and local passengers saw no break in service due to the hard work of local staff and volunteers. At the same time Age UK Horsham District, agreed to lease their 3 minibuses to HDCT in return for the new charity providing their transport services. This partnership has flourished and HDCT now has 8 wheelchair accessible vehicles in their fleet, and provides 1000’s of passenger journeys each year. Our staff from Bluebird have been managing HDCT pretty much since its inception.
Working I partnership with Bluebird and Crawley Community Transport since day one proved beneficial for HDCT. This was incredibly helpful in laying the foundations for the merger of CT Sussex.