Yorkshire Tiger bus, Holmfirth

Transdev Takes Over Yorkshire Tiger

Arriva UK bus sells West Yorkshire operator to Transdev Blazefield

This Summer, there will be a change of ownership for Yorkshire Tiger. It was announced today [Thursday 15 April 2021] that Arriva UK Bus have decided to sell their Yorkshire Tiger operation to Transdev Blazefield. The sale includes its two depots in Elland and Waterloo and 61 buses.

All but two routes, the 231 and 232, will be transferred to Alex Hornby’s company. These routes between Huddersfield and Wakefield (via Emley Moor) will be part of Arriva Yorkshire. The move will also affect 163 drivers, engineers, cleaners and support staff.

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Alexander Dennis Enviro200, D&G Bus, Walsall

D&G Bus Sold to Centrebus

David Reeves sells Staffordshire and Cheshire based operator to Julian Peddle’s company

In the space of 21 years, D&G has grown from being a small independent company to a significant player in the Cheshire and Staffordshire bus scene. Yesterday, its Managing Director and major shareholder agreed to sell his shares to Julian Peddle’s Centrebus Group, with the deal completed this month.

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2017, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

First Greater Manchester Mercedes Citaro, W366 RJA, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
One of the biggest bus related events in Greater Manchester was the closure of First Greater Manchester’s Bury and Dukinfield depots. With Tameside’s routes served by Oldham depot, Mercedes Citaros have returned to the scene.

If 2016 was eventful, 2017 was even more eventful to the power of five. Testing our city region’s bus operators, rail franchisees, and the Metrolink was the terror attack at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester also gained a newly elected mayor, and powers to reregulate its own buses. Also a new stretch of railway line.
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2016, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Taking ad-Vantage of the sunshine in Leigh, Lancashire.
The biggest bus related event of 2016 was the arrival of Leigh Guided Busway, as illustrated by the V1 service seen at Leigh bus station.

If 2016’s transport scene was to be represented by two pieces of popular music, we opened with The Beatles’ Fixing A Hole and finished with Joe Jackson’s Steppin’ Out. The former, indicative of the A57(M)’s cavity; the latter, First Greater Manchester’s closure of its Bury and Dukinfield garages.
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Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester

Good clean bus fun for all the family, ages 5 and up

First Greater Manchester, Volvo B9TL, Wright Gemini Eclipse, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
From Carrbrook to Carrington, or Radcliffe to Ringway… the bus can be a great way of exploring Greater Manchester. Seen in this October 2012 shot is one of First Greater Manchester’s Volvo B9TLs on the 348 service to Carrbrook. Today, this service uses ‘A’ stand at Ashton-under-Lyne Bus Station and is more likely to have Wright StreetLite single deckers on its route.

The summer holidays are in full swing. Yes, four to six weeks of “Mum, I’m bored”, or trying to find suitable childcare options. Or trying to budget for six weeks of lunches without breaking the bank. On some occasions you may wish to leave the house. A bus trip could be a good excuse for visiting Greater Manchester’s finest attractions, or somewhere further afield. Or for notching up your Pokémon Go score. Continue reading “Summer Bussing, Ever So Far: Summertime Fare Offers in Greater Manchester”

Tameside and Glossop Bus Service Changes, April 2016

Tameside gets off lightly in City Region’s most comprehensive set of service changes to date

  • 202 service from Hyde to Glossop withdrawn;
  • 348 and 350 daytime journeys cut from every 10 to every 12 minutes;
  • Evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday 343 journeys rerouted and renumbered 340.

High Peak Buses
Making their Tameside debut on the 04 April will be High Peak, whose flagship route is the 199 Skyline service from Buxton to Manchester Airport. Wearing the livery of its predecessor, this Wright-bodied Volvo B7RLE is seen in Newtown, New Mills on the 25 March 2015. Image by grassrootsgroundswell (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

True to form (and inferred in our previous set of changes), the Eastertide service changes are the leftover nutty chocolates in our bus based tin of Quality Street. The close of Easter will see the most comprehensive set of service changes in Greater Manchester since the split of GM Buses in December 1993.
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2015, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Enviro200 MCT Travel MX62 GYC, Oldham Bus Station
2015 was a good year for third sector operators, particularly MCT Travel who picked up a number of TfGM contracts from the likes of FirstGroup and Stagecoach. Seen here is MX62 GYC, an Enviro200 seen on the 410 Oldham Circular, a tender gain from First Greater Manchester.

Only one word could sum up the state of Greater Manchester’s transport system over 2015: “holes”. For the second part of 2015, the sinkhole which has emerged on Mancunian Way, set to filled by Spring of 2016. For the first half, holes in service provision thanks to local government spending cuts. Continue reading “2015, In the Company of Buses”

Go Cheapway to… Hayfield

East of the M60‘s look at the Derbyshire village

The village of Hayfield for many walkers is both a starting point and a footnote in social history. In the latter guise it is associated with the Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout which took place on the 24 April 1932. Continue reading “Go Cheapway to… Hayfield”

Long Distance Busabout: Essential Cross-Boundary Bus Routes

East of the M60 celebrates Catch The Bus Week

First Greater Manchester, Enviro400, Oldham bus station
The Daddy of Cross-Boundary bus routes: the 184 from Manchester to Huddersfield links both the red and white rose counties.

Weather wise, the gods were smiling on this year’s Catch The Bus Week. As is customary on East of the M60, we make a point of celebrating this week by showcasing one or more bus routes. This year it is the turn of Greater Manchester’s cross-boundary routes. Continue reading “Long Distance Busabout: Essential Cross-Boundary Bus Routes”

2014, In the Company of Buses

East of the M60‘s review of the year from a public transport angle

Stagecoach Manchester Plaxton Primo YX60 DWU, Rochdale Interchange
Last vestiges of the old order: a former JPT Travel Plaxton Primo seen in its previous owner’s livery, with only the “Stagecoach” lettering an obvious sign of the new order..

How would historians look at Greater Manchester’s transport system in 2014? The answer, could well have been from the front seat of a train. Or a train outside the evening peak. Or, it could have entailed a journey on one of Manchester’s cross-city routes.
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