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About CTS

How We Got Here

In 2007, our CEO Matt Roberts started working for Bluebird community partnership. Back then we had two minibuses & one wheelchair-accessible car. Some years later, our late chair John Griffiths, was the driving force behind forming Crawley Community Transport, which took on the running of the old Crawley Dial – A – Ride Service.

Together, in 2013, we formed the Horsham District community transport. In the interim years, we took on the community buses in East Grinstead, Henfield, Hurst & Hassocks.

Bluebird Group Hire
Minibus Transport

In 2016, the 3 founding charities merged to create CT Sussex. Soon afterwards, our friends at Worthing Dial A Ride became members of CT Sussex and fully merged with us in 2020. We now operate a fleet of around 50 vehicles with over 100 colleagues and volunteers, providing and supporting community transport across West Sussex.

To further that aim, we opened our newest depot in Chichester in January 2023.

During the COVID 19 pandemic we had to switch our operations to adjust to everyone’s changing circumstances. We quickly became aware of an increasing number of people who might be described as newly isolated. We started to collect people’s shopping for their prescriptions and taking people to vital medical appointments. Since emerging from the pandemic, many people have lost the confidence to venture out or still feel uncomfortable using public transport.

Although our charitable delivery is the provision and facilitation of accessible transport, our main objective is the reduction of social isolation and loneliness. In fact, our stated aim is to create an integrated community transport network across our country so that no one is disadvantaged by not having access to safe, affordable, accessible transport.

Our Team

Matt Roberts - CEO

Matt Roberts

C.E.O.
Lee Gander - Head Of Operations Transport

Lee Gander

Head of Operations Transport
Jacqui Cooke - Development Manager

Jacqui Cooke

Development Team Manager
Diane Walker - Depot Manger

Diane Walker

Depot Manager Crawley
David Hammett

David Hammett

Depot Manager Chichester
Stephen Jewell - Depot Manager

Stephen Jewell

Depot Manager Worthing
Gill Warrick - Depot Manager

Gill Warrick

Depot Manager Mid Sussex
Mark Collins - Fleet Manager

Mark Collins

Fleet Manager

COLLABORATIONS AND SUPPORT FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

Working Together

At CT Sussex, we value collaboration and support for other local community transport organisations.

We are committed to helping them in any way we can, fostering a network that benefits the entire community.

Local Community Transport Organisations

OUR CHARITABLE OBJECTIVES

Our Charities

Our charities aim to assist local individuals who face challenges in accessing public transport. Whether due to age, disability, or inadequate public services in their area, we strive to provide transportation solutions that address their needs.

Disability Confident

DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE

Enhancing Accessibility and Preventing Social Isolation

GROUP HIRE AND SELF-DRIVE BOOKINGS

Enabling Community Outings

With our group hire and self-drive bookings, we support local community groups, charities, and not-for-profit organisations in arranging day trips for their members.

By removing the burden of minibus ownership and maintenance, we enable these groups to allocate their resources to more critical areas. We have found that what most groups truly require is transportation, and that is precisely what we provide.

Community Contracts

Ensuring Safe Transportation for Children with Special Needs​

Through our community contracts, we ensure that children with special needs can safely commute to and from school using our secure, wheelchair-accessible minibuses.

This service not only provides a familiar environment for the children but also offers peace of mind to parents, knowing that their child is in the care of trained professionals.

Minibus Transport

Travel Buddy Service

Facilitating Local Travel Support​

In Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex, and Chichester, we operate our Travel Buddy service, which aims to provide comprehensive local travel support.

Our ambition is to expand this service to cover the entire Sussex region.

Travel Buddies

CTSussex Exposure

Recognition and Media Coverage

We are proud of our growth and the services we provide.

To delve deeper into our journey and the range of services we offer, you can read a recent article about us in Business Edge.

Crawley Community Awards

Areas we cover

Locations all over Sussex

As a group of charities, we cover multiple districts in Sussex. This includes the Horsham District, Crawley, Adur, and Worthing, as well as the Mid Sussex District, which encompasses Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead, and the surrounding villages.

In 2023, we opened a new depot in Chichester, allowing us to extend our services to the Arun and Chichester districts.

We work closely with local partners and groups to provide transportation coverage across as much of West Sussex as possible.

Mid Sussex

Our Bluebird, Mid Sussex depot covers Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, East Grinstead and all of the villages within the Mid Sussex district.

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Chichester Dial-a-Ride

Chichester

Our Chichester depot covers the city of Chichester, the outlying coastal villages and will soon develop to cover the rural North of the district.

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South Coast Community Transport

Worthing

Our Worthing depot covers the borough of Worthing, the district of Adur and the costal strip between Porstlade and Littlehampton.

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Horsham District Community Transport

Horsham

Our Horsham depot covers the town of Horsham and the outlying villages whilst working with other Community Transport providers to cover the Horsham district.

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Crawley

Our Crawley depot covers the metropolitan borough of Crawley.

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News and Blog

Latest News

Elderly man with walking aid

Wellbalanced Exercise Referral

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Crawley Community Awards

Diane Walker – joining the community awards group

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London Cathedral Group Hire

Dame Vera Lynn Memorial

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