EDF was struggling with projects elsewhere and the Chinese bankroll had not yet been rolled out of the Chinese bank. Indeed this "signing off" of the mega deal is still "pendIng".
EDF Energy has awarded preferred bidder status to Somerset Passenger Solutions [SPS], a 50/50 joint venture between bus operator First Bus and family business Crosville Motor Services, to provide bus services to the proposed Hinkley Point C power station.
SPS revealed today some of its plans for bus services to the site. They will operate high frequency services to Hinkley Point from dedicated Park and Ride sites ...
... staff campus accommodation sites and from surrounding towns and villages for employees living across the area. The joint venture will also provide internal site shuttles and transport for visitors from airports, railway stations and hotels.
EDF Energy estimates around 5,600 staff to travel to and from the site every day. Somerset Passenger Solutions will require around 300 dedicated staff to manage the anticipated 10,000+ daily passenger journeys. First and Crosville also said they expect to operate up to 160 brand new, high spec, environmentally friendly buses. [This is big bus business and three quarters]
SPS will submit the finalised bid shortly. Work on the main contract will be subject to the signing of contracts and a final investment decision on the project by EDF Energy.
Jonathan Jones Pratt, Chairman of Crosville Motor Services, said: “I’m delighted that our partnership and the good work we’re doing in providing bus services to the site under the current interim contract, has been recognised.”
Alex Carter, Managing Director of First Bus in the South West, said: “I’m pleased that with our partners Crosville, we’ve achieved preferred bidder status. The contract will help secure jobs and is great news for our business and the wider community.” [and even greater news for company profits]
All that is needed now is that container-load of Yuan!
And talking of Crosville, the company has recently bought ...
So don't go to Whitby as extolled in he old blog - go to Weston super Mud instead and get 40 minutes of steam powered thrill.
Next bus blog : Friday 14th August