An Optare Solo SR in HCT corporate livery with Powells fleetnames stands at Hillsborough Interchange in Sheffield last autumn, on a route now taken over by Stagecoach. The Solo was first used in Malta.
Both operations of social enterprise company HCT Group in Yorkshire shut down at short notice in early August. A statement blamed ‘a period of difficult trading prior to the pandemic, the financial impact of the pandemic itself, followed immediately by the current surge in fuel prices and the cost-of-living crisis’.
CT Plus Yorkshire provided local bus, specialist and schools services in West Yorkshire, while Powells of Hellaby, which had been acquired in July 2018, operated in South Yorkshire. Most operations were contracted, leaving the PTEs in both areas scrabbling around trying to find replacement operators.