Bus carryings on scheduled services in the first quarter of 2016 have risen by a total of 24,341 passengers as compared with the same period in 2015. This represents a healthy growth of some 9% for the year so far and comes on top of a 2.7% increase recorded in 2015.

The figure is all the more encouraging given that January, the wettest month on record, actually suffered a 1.56% drop in passengers. February recorded the highest per centage increase with a growth of 15.6% of which just 3,238 of the additional 12,798 passengers were carried on 29th February, an additional day resulting from it being a leap year. March has built upon this rise with an additional 12,945 passengers being carried during the month, an increase of 13.3%.

Minister for the Environment Department, Deputy Yvonne Burford, said:
“These latest bus passenger carryings are particularly encouraging and reflect, in part, the significant progress that has been made with the introduction of a new ‘Puffin Pass’ smart card product towards the end of last year. A variety of new fare options have already been introduced , including ‘Pay as you go’ and ‘Student passes’ which now provide children in full-time education with free bus travel at all times (except on the late night bus service).”

Deputy Burford went on to say:
“The anticipated continued growth in passenger numbers will be aided by the forthcoming introduction of other new fare products, including a monthly unlimited travel card, together with the recent launch by CT Plus of a ‘live times tracker’ to their bus app which includes a tracking map showing the position of service buses around the Island.”

Monthy bus pasenger figures from 2011 to 2016 can be found here.

Applications welcome from both experienced drivers and those wanting to train to be a bus driver. Those residentially qualified and already holding a car licence can join the training programme from the age of 21.

We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced bus drivers to join our team at CT Plus Guernsey.Driving our fleet of modern buses across our network of scheduled and school services you will cover the island, from country to coast.For existing bus licence holders pay starts at £12.30 per hour, with £15.68 per hour for any work after 18:30hrs and all day Sundays. Training rate is £8.85 per hour for the first 2-3 weeks.Immediate starts are available for those with full PSV/PCV licences.

For those wanting to join our training programme or wanting an informal chat about working with us in the Channel Islands please contact Alaska Help on email or by calling 01481 719238.