Rising up to the challenge of its rivals (well, FirstGroup to be honest)
By the end of this year, the name Huddersfield Bus Company will no longer be seen on the streets of West Yorkshire. Centrebus Holdings has since been taken over by Arriva as a separate subsidiary. As a break from the old ways, Huddersfield Bus Company and Centrebus’ West Yorkshire services will operate under the name of Yorkshire Tiger.
In Greater Manchester, this will affect the scenic 528 service from Rochdale to Halifax via Ripponden. Instead of the white, orange and blue livery, Yorkshire Tiger’s fleet will be all orange with black stripes at the rear. Quite a departure from the norm, but one which could win over new passengers.
Other routes operated by Yorkshire Tiger include the 343 from Halifax to Huddersfield, which takes an equally circuitous route to its Greater Mancunian counterpart in Mossley. This also includes the former K-Line services to Quarmby, and the 737 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds/Bradford Airport via Guiseley.
As well as the usual single and concessionary fares, you can travel on Yorkshire Tiger’s buses for £4.40, anywhere in the Metro West Yorkshire boundary. A weekly ticket will set you back £15.00, or £10.00 for travel within the Leeds Green Zone. All weekly passes and day saver tickets are available at half fare for children.
If You Really Love Their Tiger Fleet…
The new look will be seen on its buses from tomorrow. For further information, their website is www.yorkshiretiger.co.uk, and you can follow them on Twitter under @YorksTigerBus. Furthermore, Yorkshire Tiger will be happy to share any pictures of their buses in action. There’s no doubt that the guy from East of the M60 may contribute, and some appear on this microcosm of server space!
S.V., 07 October 2013.