Bluebird Community Transport was formed in 1999 to provide transport in Haywards Heath for local people who struggled to access public services due to health, age or a lack of safe and adequate public transport. It emerged from a project started in 1980 by the charity West Sussex Association for the Disabled (WSAD).
In 2002, WSAD kindly donated two vehicles to the new charity, which restructured as a registered charity and a charitable company limited by guarantee. Now Bluebird offered dial-a-ride services, group hire and daytine excursions. By 2004 another minibus had joined the growing fleet and operations had expanded to cover Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and surrounding villages.
In subsequent years Bluebird helped develop community transport across a wider area by taking on EGfleet in East Grinstead and the Henfield Community Bus. As well as assisting in the creation of Horsham District Community Transport.
In 2011 Bluebird became an approved supplier for West Sussex County Council (WSCC) SEN school contracts. This not only helped vulnerable school children get to school and gave parents peace of mind, but also provided a contribution to our running costs for services such as dial – a – ride that were now in high demand within the local community. Bluebird also acted as a driving force behind the successful NHS non-emergency, out of hours, patient transport pilot schemes held in 2013.
To help further development Bluebird forged strong relationships with other community transport operators such as Crawley Community Transport and Horsham District Community Transport leading to the formation of CT Sussex in 2016. Today, Bluebird continues to serve communities in and around East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Henfield and Hassocks.