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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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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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”

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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Rochdale and Ripponden Route Reprieved

  • 528 route saved from withdrawal;
  • Service renumbered, though with loss of evening journeys and cuts to Sunday service.

A scenic cross-boundary bus route, following consultation with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has been given a reprieve. The 528 service, from Rochdale to Halifax via Ripponden, is the most direct bus route between the two towns. It passes Blackstone Edge and covers part of the 2014 Tour de France Yorkshire route. It was one of two subsidised services slated for withdrawal on the 24 January 2015, as part of departmental cuts foisted upon Metro West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority. Continue reading “Rochdale and Ripponden Route Reprieved”

2013, In the Company of Buses

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

East of the M60's Icon of 2013: Flexity Swift M5000 tram 3060 loading at Ashton-under-Lyne on the first day of Metrolink operations.
East of the M60’s Icon of 2013: Flexity Swift M5000 tram 3060 loading at Ashton-under-Lyne on the first day of Metrolink operations.

Missed opportunities, U-Turns, WiFi and trams dominated most of 2013. Last year we thought Preston’s iconic bus station would face demolition. Instead it is Rochdale’s 1978 bus station which will face the wrecking ball thanks to a spiffy one across the road. We saw continued consolidation of big bus owning groups and cutbacks, though these were made to fares instead of services. Continue reading “2013, In the Company of Buses”

A Grr-reat Way To Travel: Introducing Yorkshire Tiger

Rising up to the challenge of its rivals (well, FirstGroup to be honest)

Optare Tempo, Centrebus, YJ10 EZK, Rochdale bus station
Soon, the Centrebus livery (and the bus station) will disappear from the 528 route, in favour of a more orange version, with tiger stripes.

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. Continue reading “A Grr-reat Way To Travel: Introducing Yorkshire Tiger”